Allonzo Trier, a highly touted junior guard who earned All-Met and Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year honors at Montrose Christian last winter, is transferring from the Rockville-based school to Findlay Prep (Nev.) for his upcoming senior year.
The 6-foot-5 playmaker, who is ranked No. 19 overall in ESPN’s 2015 class rankings, announced the news via Twitter on Monday afternoon, setting into motion a move that will send him to his fourth high school team in four years.
“My family and I have decided that I will transfer to Findlay Prep and play for coach Andy Johnson,” Trier wrote on Twitter. “I would like to give much thanks and gratitude to coach Bryan Bartley, Coach (Billy) Vernon and Coach Whittmore of Montrose Christian. Montrose Christian and those 3 coaches helped me grow as a person and player and have a been a big part of my maturation this past year. I want my senior year to be very special. I Look forward to building an amazing future with my coaches and team at Findlay Prep!“
Montrose Christian Coach Bryan Bartley said Trier’s mother informed him of the transfer during a Sunday phone call.
“Sometimes people outgrow your program and they felt a need to go to another place,” Bartley said Monday. “They wanted to go where they thought was the best fit for him, and we wish him well, we wish him the best.”
Trier played for the Oklahoma City Storm and Tulsa NOAH while being home schooled during his first two years of high school before transferring to Montrose Christian last summer. In his lone season with the Mustangs, Trier averaged 24.9 points and led them to the National Christian Schools Athletic Association Division I title. Along the way, Trier helped lead Montrose Christian to a comeback win against Findlay Prep, scoring 26 of his 36 points in the second half to overcome a 20-point deficit.
The explosive, athletic guard added to his prestige at last month’s Nike EYBL tournament when he averaged a record 30 points per game, leading to even more offers on a lengthy recruiting list that includes Connecticut, Georgetown, Maryland, Kansas, Louisville and Wichita State.
Trier’s departure again places Montrose Christian in a rebuilding situation. After legendary coach Stu Vetter resigned in April 2013, Bartley took over a program that featured an entirely new roster. Following the transfer of Trier and the graduation of Patrick McCaw (UNLV), Raymond Doby (DePaul), Tre McClennan and four other seniors, the Mustangs must again reload.
“These things help mold us into who we become,” Bartley said. “People thought when Coach Vetter left that we were done, and I’m sure people will think the same thing now. But we can’t look in the rearview mirror; we’ve got to keep moving forward and know that God will bring the right people here.”
Trier is the second All-Met player in less than a week to transfer out of the area. Joshua Reaves announced Wednesday that he was leaving Paul VI to play his senior season at Oak Hill Academy.