TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Allonzo Trier didn’t get drafted when he left the University of Arizona program after three seasons, but the 6-foot-5 shooting guard quickly found a home with the New York Knicks.
The UA product made history Wednesday, Dec. 12, when he agreed to a two-year deal with the team. He will make $3.4 million this season and $3.5 million next season.
According to ESPN, the deal may be the largest contract ever for an undrafted rookie straight out of college.
Trier had been playing for the Knicks (8-21) under a two-way contract. He is averaging 11.3 points and 3.1 rebounds this season for New York.
Trier’s time with the Wildcats was not without controversy. He was twice declared ineligible by the NCAA for a banned substance.
Trier tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance in 2017 and missed half the season. A very small amount of the drug, left over in his system from the previous incident, showed up in a test the following season and he missed several games.
Trier said all along he did not intentionally take the drug and the NCAA agreed, letting him back on the team once it was out of his system.
When he was on the court, the 22-year-old Trier was nothing short of electric.
He averaged 16.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists for Arizona.