- The University of Arizona announced that star guard Allonzo Trier is indefinitely ineligible due to another substance-induced suspension, effective immediately, per an NCAA mandate. Trier did not play in the Wildcats’ first 19 games of the 2016-17 season after traces of a banned substance were found in his blood stream.
Our ‘Inside College Basketball’ analysts discuss Arizona Wildcats Allonzo Trier ruled ineligible for using banned substance.
“Earlier today, the University of Arizona was notified that the NCAA has declared Allonzo Trier ineligible. In late January 2018, Allonzo participated in an NCAA student-athlete drug screening. The results of that test, confirmed today, revealed the reappearance of a trace amount of a banned substance. The amount detected was minuscule by scientific standards and appears to be a remnant of a substance, which the NCAA agreed, Allonzo had unknowingly ingested in 2016. The University is appealing the decision and is hopeful that Allonzo will regain his eligibility soon,” the university said in a prepared statement.
Second Team All-Pac-12 selection… Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-12 Tournament and All-Tournament Team member after averaging 20.7 points 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 50.0 percent from deep en route to Arizona’s tournament season championship… Led Arizona in scoring at 17.2 points per game…
With March Madness right around the corner, the 21-6 Wildcats were entertaing some serious thoughts about making it to the Final Four. Without Trier, who’s averaging 19.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and has made 43 percent of his 3-point attempts (64-of-149), a deep tourney run seems unlikely.
Stay tuned as the university plans to appeal.