Arizona star Allonzo Trier's NCAA ineligibility is more complicated than it seems


The NCAA has ruled that Allonzo Trier is ineligible after testing positive for a banned substance in January. He missed 19 games to begin the 2016-17 season until he tested negative for the substance, which has never been identified by the school. Trier's attorney Steve Thompson said Trier original ingestion of Ostarine was inadvertent and came as the result of his stepfather mixing it in a drink for the player. He also ranks second among Arizona players in assists, fourth in rebounds and third in 3-point percentage.

The Wildcats are coming off wins over USC and Arizona State and are back up to No. 14 in the polls.

Trier previously tested positive for the same substance.

Here is Arizona's statement in full: "Earlier today, the University of Arizona was notified that the NCAA has declared Allonzo Trier ineligible".

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In a statement released by the University of Arizona (via Brian Hamilton of the Big Ten Network), Trier's test revealed "a trace amount of a banned substance". The school will appeal the NCAA's decision to declare him ineligible.

It is not known whether or not Trier will be able to return to the court this season. With their inside-out talent, they could easily make a run to the Final Four or beyond - as long as Trier is around to ball out. In late January 2018, Allonzo participated in an NCAA student-athlete drug screening.

Arizona has three regular-season games remaining following Thursday night's visit to Oregon State, then the Pac-12 Tournament and the NCAAs.

Last time, the NCAA agreed with Trier that he didn't know what he was putting in his body, eventually allowing him to play last season. "The University is appealing the decision and is hopeful that Allonzo will regain his eligibility soon".