Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Allonzo Trier Declared Ineligible by NCAA; Arizona Appealing Decision

Allonzo Trier Declared Ineligible by NCAA; Arizona Appealing Decision

Amidst the uncertainty of the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, more bad news has come forth for the Arizona Basketball team.

"In late January 2018, Allonzzo participated in an NCAA student-athlete drug screening", Arizona's athletic department said in a statement.

Arizona guard Allonzo Trier was ruled ineligible by the NCAA after testing positive for a banned substance - which is the second failed drug test for Trier during his time at Arizona. The results of that test, confirmed today, revealed the reappearance of a trace amount of a banned substance. The Seattle native has missed time over the first two seasons of his career first with a broken hand as a freshman and then because of the suspension as a sophomore.

In a statement in January of 2017, Trier said he was "shocked" to learn he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug, for which he was ruled ineligible for UA's first 19 games of the 2016-17 season. Trier didn't make his first appearance past year until the UCLA game, missing the previous 19 games. Averaging 19.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, Trier is shooting 53.9 percent from the field, 43.0 percent from 3 and 85.4 percent from the foul line.

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The news comes at a tough time, especially as the Wildcats now sit atop the Pac-12 with a game lead over the USC Trojans, with four conference games left on the year.

The Oregon Ducks will also be looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses, including an 86-78 setback at the hands of UCLA in their last outing.

Arizona is appealing the decision and hoping Trier will regain his eligibility soon. "We just made it harder on ourselves".

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