There is no change in Allonzo Trier‘s status, but the Arizona Wildcats sophomore guard is with the team for its game Saturday against Gonzaga from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Trier, who has not suited up in two exhibitions or the first seven games, will not play against the Bulldogs because of unspecified eligibility issues. Coach Sean Miller and school officials have had no comment about Trier’s status or a potential timetable for his return.
Miller, did, however, expound a bit on the subject during his pregame interview with Brian Jeffries on Sportsradio 1290.
“He’s allowed to travel and I guess that’s a good thing, certainly for Allonzo,” Miller said of Trier, who did not accompany the team on trips to Hawaii and Las Vegas.
“Anytime you can remain engaged with your team and your fellow teammates … he’s able to practice every day. It’s not as if he’s injured and he’s not able to get the repetitions. In fact, we’re a much better basketball team in practice than we are in games. But it’s good to have him here.”
Speculation was fueled Friday night that Trier would be available for today’s game when various media reported that Trier was with the team.
Arizona is down to seven scholarship players in the wake of point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright’s high ankle sprain that is likely to keep him out until next month. The only short-team answer to get back to eight is having Trier be eligible.
As for that, it’s still wait and see.