Arizona junior guard Allonzo Trier has been named preseason first-team All-American by ESPN. Trier was Arizona’s best player in 2016-17 and helped the Wildcats to a No. 2 seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
As a sophomore, Trier averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He shot 46 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Here is what ESPN had to say about Trier:
G: Allonzo Trier junior, Arizona Wildcats
Trier didn’t play like a guy who missed the first 19 games last season. He was suspended for the first half of the season and then proceeded to lead the Wildcats in scoring. Trier should be even more effective this season.
Stats: 17.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.7 APG
Freshman forward Deandre Ayton was also named to ESPN’s preseason All-American list. He was named to the third-team.
F: Deandre Ayton, freshman, Arizona Wildcats
At 7-foot-1, he is a tremendous athlete for someone his size. He’s a versatile, skilled big man who runs the court extremely well and could wind up being a top-three pick in the next NBA draft.
Coming off of a season in which they went to the Sweet 16, won a share of the Pac-12 regular season title and won the Pac-12 tournament, Arizona’s expectations are sky-high this season. With Trier and Ayton, the Wildcats should be a contender for the Final Four in 2017-18.
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