"It was kind of like that seal of approval and the lasting impression I wanted," Trier said by telephone from the Tucson airport. "This was a very important visit."
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Trier said seeing the UA facilities and renovation of McKale Center was "special to me," having already developed strong relationships with UA coach Sean Miller and associate head coach Joe Pasternack.
Once a boyhood prodigy who was featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine as a 13-year-old, Trier’s stock re-ascended during his junior season at Montrose Christian of Maryland.
UA coach Sean Miller started recruiting him heavily in April after an EYBL recruiting showcase and offered him a scholarship in June, then coached Trier on USA Basketball’s U17 team later that month. The offer to Trier came a week before guard Tyler Dorsey decommitted from the Wildcats.
During the tryouts, Trier told the Star that his interest in Arizona is “pretty high,” even as he still had a list of about 14 schools he was considering, including Kansas, Connecticut, UCLA and Louisville.
“They talk about how they’re going to use me and help me build their program, and how it could fit my ability to score,” Trier said of UA then. “I’m a little bit of a bigger guard, but I can play point guard as well. I score the ball well, and I make plays for my teammates. It’s just a matter of how a coach wants to use me.”
Trier said he built a bond playing for Miller in Colorado, while UA associate head coach Joe Pasternack also kept on him heavily afterward. He visited UA this weekend.
“He relentlessly recruited me the whole time,” Trier told Scout.com about Pasternack. “I talked to him more than any college coach. We talked numerous times. We have a great relationship and it was better than with any of the other schools.”
According to a CBSSports report, Trier played well against the Wildcats' other top guard target at the time, Isiaiah Briscoe, during the Peach Jam tournament last month.
With Trier, Arizona now has three high school players, plus Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson, expected to begin playing for the Wildcats in 2015-16. The other high school players are combo guard Justin Simon of Temecula, Calif., and wing Ray Smith of Las Vegas.
Though originally from Seattle, Trier has lived in Oklahoma City and played prep basketball in Maryland last season. He is scheduled to play for Nevada's Findlay Prep as a senior in 2014-15.
UA is expected to pursue at least one other player for the fall signing class, probably a big man. Among its remaining top targets are Ivan Rabb of Oakland, Calif., Stephen Zimmerman of Las Vegas and Chance Comanche of Los Angeles.
Former UA wing Kevin Parrom will play in the championship game of the Tucson Summer Pro League today at 4 p.m. at St. Gregory's.
Parrom helped his Asarco team beat Casino Del Sol in the semifinals on Thursday with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. He played point guard, on the wing and in the post at times.
"A little bit of everything," Parrom said afterward.
After spending the summer in Tucson, Parrom said he will return home to New York on Monday. He is aiming to play in Europe next season after spending last season in the D-League.
The TSPL has game updates on its Facebook page. An all-star game, three-point contest and other events are scheduled before today's championship game.