Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35), shown after a dunk last season at Washington in his hometown of Seattle, showed a passion for the game Lorenzo Romar noticed early. Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Lorenzo Romar isn't sure exactly when Allonzo Trier started showing up at his Washington basketball camps. But there’s one memory of those days he probably won’t forget.

That’s when Trier used his back as a backboard.

“I remember I felt something hit my back, and it was the ball,” Romar said, estimating Trier was then in fourth grade, around 10 years old. “He threw it at me, then got it back and he had a big grin on his face, like `Come and take it from me.’ “

Romar said Trier was already one of his best campers at that point. Of all ages.

“He had a great passion for basketball,” Romar said. “As a fourth-grader he was almost as good as the 11th graders.”

Romar will get a chance to start working with Trier again in offseason workouts this month and there's no doubt Trier is happy about that. Romar says he’ll go to work immediately this week for Arizona and hit the road recruiting this weekend.

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