Lorenzo Romar was announced as Arizona’s new associate head coach shortly after Allonzo Trier opted to stick around Tucson for his junior season.
While Trier’s decision occurred two days earlier, it wasn’t a coincidence.
“It’s honestly one of the big things that made me want to come back to school,” Trier told the Arizona Daily Star. “So that was kind of… that was one of the things we [Trier and Miller] talked about.”
Trier also admitted that it “wasn’t the easiest” decision to forgo his NBA dreams for another year. But the addition of Romar was one of the key factors in his decision to stay in school.
“I was very interested to see what the options were there, what we were going to do,” Trier said. “He talked to me about the possibility [of Romar] and said ‘I know you have a great relationship with Coach Romar, we’ll see what things can happen,’ and I told him that would make a great deal easier on me and would make me comfortable with coming back.”
Trier scored 17.2 points per game last season, a boost from the 14.8 he averaged in 2015 as a freshman. With the star guard still on the team, Arizona figures to be ranked as a preseason top-3 team for this upcoming college basketball season.