It all started with Allonzo Trier's "posterizing" slam dunk in Siloam Springs, Arkansas on Thursday. Once Trier's friends knew there was video of it, they started tweeted ESPN's Sportscenter. By the end of the night, it was #3 on the program's "Top Plays."
To the 16 year old Tulsa NOAH (Northeastern Oklahoma Association of Homeschools) shooting guard, it seemed like national exposure was almost inevitable.
"I mean I don't know about [being] surprised, but it was something where every kid wants to be on Sportscenter," said Allonzo. "To do something like that to be on top 10 plays, it was special."
Trier is a nationally ranked high school basketball player who grew up in Washington. Two years ago, his family relocated to Oklahoma City but now is living in the Tulsa area. Aside from the change of scenery, the biggest change was Trier's choice of education; switching from public school to home school.
"We chose to do home school here because of the environment," explained Allonzo's mother Marcie Trier. "It allowed him to get special tutoring 1-on-1 for every single subject. In fact, he's excelled very well. He's averaging all A's and B's."
What's appears to be rare is seeing a potential major college basketball player going the home school route. But given Allonzo's talents and playing AAU basketball, he's not worried about exposure.
The way Trier sees it, "I'm just trying to get better as a basketball player and as a person."
"I'm trying to take care of a lot of my academics and class work this year. So that's been a big reason for this home schooling thing."
Allonzo says he likes playing for another team outside of AAU. He's made new friends and it definitely hasn't hurt his performance. In NOAH's 88-84 win over Bartlesville, Trier scored 64 points.
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