Allonzo Trier sat on the bench with his black backpack watching the game Friday afternoon against Top City at Okun Fieldhouse at the Sunflower Showcase.
Although he was resting up for the rest of the tournament, Trier was still engaged in the contest.
Trier peeked around his coaches as his teammates ran up and down the court. He handed out high fives and flashed big smiles to his teammates after they made some crucial plays.
Trier has been a prolific scorer on the high school summer circuit, but has also been a mentor to a young Athletes First AAU team.
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There’s a reason he’s the No. 12 prospect in the country according to Rivals.com.
Trier has been a scoring machine throughout the summer. Entering the EYBL Nike Peach Jam, he was averaging 29.3 points per game, which led the league. He also shot 47 percent from the field.
“I’ve been able to display my ability and my talents,” Trier said. “I think I’ve done a great job of showing it, and it’s contributed to a great summer for me.”
His coach, Terry Long, saw exponential growth from Trier this summer and let him flourish in the high paced AAU ball of summer.
“He’s a phenomenal ball player,” Long said. “I’ve told everybody I’ve talked to: Here’s a kid that puts in the work. No video games or social media until he puts the work in every day.”
Long, a coach at Mustang High School in Oklahoma, has coached or been around Trier since he was in the seventh grade. He’s seen him grow into the talented player he is now.
But according to Long, his ego has never gotten bigger than the team.
“He’s a humble kid,” he said. “When you watch him interact with the kids in the van, he’s just like them.”
Trier realizes this sentiment also.
“It’s just being a good off-the-court guy with them, being a great teammate,” he said. “They understand there’s going to be a lot of attention around me, so we treat everybody the same. Nobody is bigger than the other guy.”
Trier thinks that it’s all about a consistent work ethic to get to the next level — putting up hundreds of shots a day, strength and conditioning, normal practice, all the things that go into becoming a high-level prospect.
Trier also takes advice from players who have made it, such as reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant. He said the two talk quite a bit, and he’s really been a mentor for him.
“He always says to stay working and stay humble,” Trier stated.
Among his 30 or so offers for college, Trier has taken a look at Kansas.
“I’ve talked with them a lot, coach (Bill) Self and coach (Norm) Roberts,” he said. “They do a great job of reaching out to me and staying in touch. We’ve talked about an in-home visit and official visit to KU.”
Trier has already received offers from other major programs, including Louisville, Connecticut, Arizona, Georgetown, Wichita State and UCLA.
“It’s all about finding the best fit and finding the program that I like and I could see myself in,” Trier said.
Before that, Trier must finish high school. After playing his junior year at Montrose Christian in Maryland, he transferred to Findlay Prep outside of Las Vegas.
Trier thinks Findlay, one of the top high school programs in the country, is a place he can extend his game before going to college.
“The only way you can keep raising your game is playing against the best guys,” he said. “I think that’ll be big heading into my senior season.”
Although Trier has many of his offers in line, he and Long could see their teammates make some noise at the tournament.
“These guys have played in front of a lot of coaches, but all of them aren’t Allonzo Trier,” Long said. “It’s great if you have the ability like Allonzo, but if you can give some of these other kids an opportunity for a free education it’s great.”
WHERE/WHEN: Okun Fieldhouse, 20200 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, through Sunday.
ADMISSION: $12 for a single-day pass, $40 for an all-tournament pass (four days), including the semifinals and finals on Sunday.
MORE INFO: www.sunflowershowcase.com.