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Jordan Brand Classic: Allonzo Trier

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As part of our Jordan Classic coverage, Finish Line polled 10 of the finest up-and-coming players in America about what it means to them to play in the game that bears Jordan’s name, among other topics. Today, the spotlight belongs to Allonzo Trier and Thomas Bryant.

Allonzo Trier (@ISOzo_LOE)

Following in Stanley Johnson’s footsteps at Arizona, Trier might just be a new and improved version of last year’s freshman sensation. A pure scorer with slashing ability, a quick release and outstanding range, Trier’s entire arsenal was on display at the Jordan Classic, where he scored a game-high 28 points en route to MVP honors for the winning West team. Known for his dedication and focus, Trier should make an instant impact with the Wildcats.

Photo by Bryan Horowitz

Photo by Bryan Horowitz

You really went after it out there. How does it feel to win MVP?

It was a lot of fun to go out there and compete hard. You know, this is our last All-Star event together, so we all wanted to have a lot of fun and make it a great game for the fans.

What was it like around the 4-minute mark, when the crowd was going nuts every time Isaiah Briscoe was bringing the ball up?

It was great. The atmosphere was kind of like being at the park, with everyone looking in and everyone so energized and into it. The atmosphere was great tonight.

You’re known as a pretty big sneaker guy. I saw those KD 4 Year of the Dragons, those LeBron 4s on your Instagram

Yeah.

What’s it like to come here to a game sponsored by the pre-eminent sneaker personality?

Yeah, I mean, he’s such a big icon as far as basketball, and the clothing line and shoe line is so big. It’s such an honor to come here and be able to be a part of something that his name is attached to. It’s really special, and I’m excited.

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What’s your favorite Air Jordan?

Gosh. I’d probably say 3s and 7s. I’d probably go with those two right now.

One of the biggest things that helped make Michael Jordan was his singular focus on getting better. Everyone knows that about you as well, you’re highly focused on your craft. How has that helped you chase your dream?

Definitely, to be a special athlete, you need a certain kind of concentration level, and a laser-focus on your goals, making it a priority to lock in on things you really want in life. I think that’s really important, and something that I really look up to with a guy like him, and that I praise about him.

Watching Stanley Johnson — another major sneakerhead, by the way — do you think you can have similar success at Arizona right off the bat?

Most definitely. I think I’ll have to do similar things, coming in right away and having a big impact role. I’m going there to compete, and to try to do the best I can and make an impact right away as a freshman.

** Stay tuned later today to hear from Thomas Bryant and tomorrow to get the word from Duke-bound guard Luke Kennard and recent Cal commit Ivan Rabb as our coverage of the Jordan Brand Classic continues.