Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller wasn’t able to offer any clarification on the status of sophomore guard Allonzo Trier during Pac-12 Media Day in San Francisco on Friday.
Miller, a week ago after the Red-Blue Game, said “I can’t respond” to rumors that Trier was facing a potential suspension.
Trier was originally scheduled to be Arizona’s player representative at Pac-12 Media Day, but he was replaced by senior guard Kadeem Allen.
Asked by the Arizona Daily Star’s Bruce Pascoe about Trier’s absence and eligibility questions, Miller said: “I’m not going to comment on that.”
Trier averaged 14.8 points per game last season, despite battling a hand injury that cost him seven games during the Pac-12 season. He shot 36.4 percent behind the arc and excelled on drives to the basket. He has been expected to be one of the top players in the Pac-12 this season.
Earlier at the podium at Pac-12 Media Day, Miller praised Trier’s offseason work.
“Everybody thinks they love the game; everybody thinks that they work hard. Then there is that one player you think of that embodies those two things,” Miller said.
“No one loves the game of basketball, or has worked harder at it, than him. From the time he made the decision in the spring to return for his sophomore year to right now, he’s shot — I can’t even begin to tell you — maybe 20,000 shots.
“He’s been in the guy through the months of June, July and August more than any guy that I’ve seen. He’s going to add very well to what he did as a freshman.”
Arizona was picked to second behind Oregon in the Pac-12 in a vote of the league media.