There was plenty of drama before the Arizona Wildcats even began their first exhibition game of the season.
Everyone was on the Allonzo Trier watch. He came out early to the court and did some work with assistant Book Richardson, but then was taken back to the locker room as the rest of the team came out for early warmups.
Trier’s eligibility has been a question, with coach Sean Miller issuing “no comments” when asked about the situation. Since this seems to be an on-going situation, it was little surprise that Trier was in street clothes for the game.
An unforeseen twist was that center Chance Comanche was also in street clothes. Miller, in an e-mail from a UA official, said Comanche has been suspended indefinitely due to a “lack of academic responsibility.”
“Chance Comanche will not play in tonight’s game due to his own lack of academic responsibility. As a member of our basketball program, you are a student and an athlete, and you are expected to do the best of your ability in both areas. It is not an option to compete and be held accountable on the court but not in the classroom. This suspension is indefinite.”
Meanwhile, Arizona went with a starting lineup of Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Kadeem Allen, Rawle Alkins, Lauri Markkanen and Dusan Ristic vs. College of Idaho …