Future Watch: Allonzo Trier Rookie Basketball Cards, Knicks – Allonzo Trier was born in Seattle, Washington and attended high schools in Maryland, Las Vegas and Oklahoma. As a junior he played for Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland. That year, he averaged 25.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He led the team to a 20-5 record and a National Christian Schools Athletic Association Division I title. Trier also earned 2014 Gatorade State Player of the Year honors.
For his senior season, he transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. With Findlay, he averaged 26.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He earned USA Today All-USA second team honors for 2015, and played for the West team in the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Boys Game. Trier would lead the team with scoring with 17 points. In the Jordan Brand Classic, he scored 28 points and was named co-MVP. Scout, Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN all rated Trier as a five star recruit. He would eventually commit to play for the University of Arizona.
Trier played three seasons for the Wildcats, averaging 16.8 points over 78 games. He had some issues with eligibility in his sophomore season tied to testing positive for a banned substance. However, he was allowed to return to the team when it was revealed the banned substance was from a drug given to him after a car crash. He returned strong, earning second-team all-conference honors in the Pac-12. Trier was also named most outstanding player of the Pac-12 tournament that season.
After his junior season, the talented guard announced his intention to enter the 2018 NBA draft. Scouts were impressed with knack for scoring. His jumper is a little unorthodox, but he’s a capable shooter from all over the floor. He loves to play in isolation, and can create his own shot in a variety of ways. His defense will need some work at the next level, but many scouts feel he can be a solid scorer off the bench. On draft night, Trier didn’t hear his name called. Fortunately, he signed with the Knicks on a two-way contract and found himself a spot on the team’s roster early in the season.
Through 21 games, Allonzo Trier is seventh among NBA rookies in scoring with 11.4 points per game. He’s played in every game so far for the Knicks, averaging 23.7 minutes per contest. His best game so far has been a 25 point effort in a win against the Pelicans on November 23rd. He also added eight boards and four assists to his stat line that night. He’s shooting 45% from behind the arc this season, and if he can keep that number in the high-30s/low-40s he’ll get plenty of run. The Knicks are happy to develop their young players this season, and they seem to have found an undrafted gem in Trier.
Look for Alonzo Trier’s rookie cards in 2018-19 Panini Prizm, Hoops and Donruss. As the season rolls and and he continues to impress on the court, you’ll be sure to find him in 2018-19 Contenders, Donruss Optic and many more! His rookie cards are at a great value with nowhere to go but up if continues to play this well in a big market like New York.
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