Allonzo Trier Travels Own Path To Success
Currently in the midst of his senior year of high school at Findlay Prep in Nevada, Allonzo Trier is a basketball player with more experience under his belt than most of his peers.
On the court, he is a USA Basketball gold medalist after starting in all five games and averaging 12.6 points per contest to help the USA to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship this past summer. And, he will suit up for his country for a second team as a member of the 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 18th annual Nike Hoop Summit on April 11 in Portland, Oregon.
“I was extremely honored to be asked to play in the Nike Hoop Summit,” Trier said. “I’ve watched the event pretty much every year and seen how competitive the game is between the USA and the World team. I am just really excited to know that I get to participate in that.
“I know how important it is to USA Basketball, because they always want to win this game. It’s very important to us, too, playing against the best players from around the world. So, we want to show that the USA is still the best country in terms of basketball.
“It will be an extreme honor to wear a USA jersey for a second time. I played for USA Basketball and won gold in Colorado last June with the U18 national team, and I’m just excited to do it again and represent my country.”
With two games left in the regular season at Findlay Prep, Trier and his teammates had compiled a 26-2 record. And because Findlay Prep is not part of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, they await an expected invitation to the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament.
“We have no games in March, but we will have practices,” Trier explained. “I don’t think we will lose any competitive edge. I think our competitiveness in practice will keep us going. The main thing will be that we might have a little rust with a month of not playing a game. But, it will definitely give us time to work on things together and sharpen up before the tournament.
“I definitely want to win a national championship,” Trier stated. “That is one of the reasons I came to Findlay Prep. I think that we have a great opportunity to do that, and hopefully we can accomplish that goal.”
Despite being from Seattle, Washington, Trier came to Findlay Prep after playing for Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland, as a junior and for the home-school team Oklahoma City Storm for his first two years of high school.
“I was definitely looking for a program where I could play against the best competition year-round and prove myself and my skill, play with better teammates around me and a group of guys that would push me, so that I would be ready for the next level,” Trier said of his choice to play at Findlay Prep for his senior year. “It’s been a great fit for me, and I’ve had a great transition.”
Attending school away from his hometown has allowed Trier to experience a taste of what his transition to college may be like.
“It definitely has made me more mature,” said Trier of being away from home. “It forces you to grow up, forces you to learn how to have responsibilities and maintain what you need to put first and foremost.”
This year, however, is different from his first three years of high school, though, not only because it is his last in high school, but also because his mother chose to temporarily move to Nevada to watch her son in his final prep season.
“My mother is actually out here for basketball season. She will go back (to Seattle) after the season ends,” Trier said. “It is definitely a big help to have her support. She wanted to be here for my senior year. She wasn’t with me last year. It’s great to have her along for the last ride before I go to college.”
After a shot at a national championship with Findlay, after the Nike Hoop Summit and after he graduates high school, Trier will take his game to the University of Arizona, where he has signed a National Letter of Intent.
He won’t be heading into the complete unknown, however, as one of his USA U18 assistant coaches this past summer was Arizona head mentor Sean Miller.
“The fit I had with the coaching staff -- coach Miller,” Trier said of why Arizona was the right school for him. “I actually got to spend time with coach Miller on the USA U18 team. I think the bond that we had was great. I feel like Arizona is a great place for me. It felt like home and family.”
More than giving him a taste of basketball at the next level in college, Trier’s USA Basketball experience, which also included being coached by USA head coach Billy Donovan (Florida) and assistant coach Ed Cooley (Providence), also challenged him to raise his expectations of himself and his teammates.
“It was my first time experiencing USA Basketball, and it was something that I will never forget,” Trier said of the 2014 USA U18 National Team. “I got to deal with a great group of guys and a great group of coaches and it was just a great thing to experience.
“It helped me by letting me play with a bunch of guys around you that are just as good as you and learning how to come together and compete for one goal – winning gold. It was bigger than any one of us, it was about winning for our country.
“It helped me go back to high school as a better leader. The things I learned with USA Basketball, how to compete and how to bring guys together for the team’s goals, are things that have helped me this year.”
Throughout his year-round efforts to become the best basketball player he can be, Trier says looking to improve helps keep him motivated, and prioritizing his to-do list keeps him from getting burned out.
“I continue to find things that I need to work on in terms of my game, find ways to get better and ways that I can improve to take my game to the next level,” Trier responded when asked how he stays motivated to continue to work hard. “My way to relax is to spend time with my family and my friends. But then at the end of the day, first and foremost, I need to be sure I understand what I need to get done for basketball.”
Trier likely will come into the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit with the same practical approach that already has led him to so much success, and hopefully the result will be similar – as in a USA win over the World Select Team.
Don’t miss Trier and all of the USA’s stars in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit on April 11 and stay tuned to USA Basketball for the television broadcast information. If you are in the Portland area, get your tickets now.