Allonzo Trier’s return to the Arizona Wildcats for his junior season is one that is met with great anticipation nationally.
Many of the nation’s college hoops pundits believe the leading scorer of the Wildcats could be the the biggest factor to get Arizona back in the Final Four.
Of course, other factors will play a major part in that, including the uncertain return of others such as Rawle Alkins and Chance Comanche (both of whom are testing the NBA draft waters) and the development of a top five recruiting class with center DeAndre Ayton the headliner.
The story yesterday of Trier’s return created these social media reactions:
Trier posted this on Instagram the day before his decision to return was announced: “How could you hate me, I beat the odds, I wasn’t even supposed to make it this far.”
Trier’s social-media bout with critical fans is well-documented. Seems to fuel him.
@greersb Yea sure you were. Yesterday you were trying to clown me, now I announce I'm staying and I'm a hero.
— Allonzo Trier (@ISO_ZO) April 13, 2017
National title or bust for Trier, who if he gets Arizona to the Final Four, will be in greater demand in the NBA.
Also, Trier's mother says he's all in and committed to bringing home a national championship to Arizona…
— Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) April 13, 2017
Allonzo Trier is returning for his junior season.
This is squarely on his mind. pic.twitter.com/MKsOPaFqx6
— Alec Sills-Trausch (@UofAlec) April 13, 2017
— Sporting News NCAAB (@sn_ncaab) April 13, 2017
This is the way of the world in college hoops in which the leading scorer rarely returns because he is a one-and-done player.
Allonzo Trier's return marks first time since after 2009-10 season that Sean Miller brings back his leading scorer.https://t.co/6ZFuGsnoL9
— Anthony Gimino (@AGWildcatReport) April 13, 2017
As with any team with many new players, chemistry is always a concern from the start but Sean Miller has proven he can mix the egos together.
DeAndre Ayton and Allonzo Trier both have dominant personalities/games … interested to see how it works but if it does there’s your core
— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) April 13, 2017
“Zona Zo” has a good ring to it.
— Wildcat Basketball (@PlayersProgram) April 13, 2017
Interesting that the return of Trier and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges impacts the future of five-star wing Brian Bowen, who may still have Arizona on his list if Rawle Alkins goes to the NBA.
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) April 14, 2017
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.