As integral as Deandre Ayton was to what Arizona’s basketball team accomplished in 2017-18, the Wildcats very likely would not have won the Pac-12 regular season and conference tournament titles without guards Rawle Alkins and Allonzo Trier.
But what players do at the college level doesn’t always translate to their pro prospects. Case in point, both Alkins and Trier did not get selected Thursday in the 2018 NBA Draft despite both being projected as second-round picks.
Only Ayton, who went first overall to the Phoenix Suns, had his name called in Brooklyn.
Trier, a 6-foot-4 junior, was Arizona’s second-leading scorer at 18.1 points per game while the 6-5 Alkins averaged 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a sophomore.
Not getting drafted was likely humbling for Alkins and Trier but it doesn’t mean an NBA career can’t happen. A handful undrafted players end up making the league each year with many getting signed to deals almost immediately after the draft ends.
Sources: Undrafted Arizona forward Allonzo Trier has agreed to a two-way contract with the New York Knicks.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2018
Source: Arizona wing Rawle Alkins has agreed to a training camp deal with the Toronto Raptors.
— Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) June 22, 2018
Alkins and Trier will be looking to follow in the footsteps of former Arizona guard TJ McConnell, who went undrafted in 2016 but since then has started 71 games for the Philadelphia 76ers including twice in the playoffs.