Arizona Basketball

Arizona Wildcats’ depth bolstered by Trier’s return

He’s back.

It’s kind of weird timing given that Allonzo Trier wasn’t cleared to play on Thursday after his weekly test earlier this week, but Arizona officials said in a two-sentence statement Friday night that Trier has been cleared to play vs. UCLA on Saturday, the biggest game of the season to date.

“The NCAA notified us on Friday afternoon that Allonzo Trier’s most recent drug test was negative,” UA stated on Friday night. “Therefore, he is eligible to return to the court immediately and will be available for our game against UCLA.”

That was the entire statement from UA.

Allonzo Trier (center) is congratulated by his teammates last season after scoring a basket (YouTube video capture)

There had been wide speculation that there was some chance Trier might not return at all, given the circumstances of having to be clear of all the PED he had taken — without his knowledge, according to his statement Wednesday — a few months ago. It was also thought he could pass at any time, given the length of time from when he was given the PED.

This week was that time, although the results apparently were not in on time vs. USC on
Thursday.

What Trier now adds is a very capable player who gives UA some much-needed depth against
one of the best teams in the country. How much Trier plays is anyone’s guess, but he’s been
practicing since the NCAA cleared him to play with the stipulation that he be clear of the PED in
question.

Now he is.

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