The Arizona Wildcats just got swept by the Los Angeles schools this week, and now things could get even worse as star freshman guard Allonzo Trier has a broken fourth metacarpal on his shooting hand, per Jason Scheer of WildcatAuthority.com
Sources say Allonzo Trier has a broken fourth metacarpal on his shooting hand. Could be out for 4-6 weeks.— Jason Scheer (@JasonScheer) January 10, 2016
Arizona has confirmed the injury with the following statement:
"Arizona freshman guard Allonzo Trier will be out four to six weeks after suffering a broken right hand in Saturday's game at USC."
Sean Miller has also released a statement:
"When an injury occurs to one of our players, the first priority is his wellbeing. I am disappointed first and foremost to see a great young man like Allonzo suffer an injury. He was playing the best basketball of his young career at Arizona. Allonzo has worked tirelessly every day since he arrived on our campus. Hopefully he will be able to rejoin us at some point this season and continue his improvement and development as an outstanding player."
Trier is Arizona's leading scorer, as he's averaging 14.8 points per game, and he just dropped 25 points in the quadruple overtime loss to USC on Saturday. He's also scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games, and was becoming a consistently dominant scorer, so the timing of this injury is unfortunate.
It's not quite clear when the injury occurred, though my guess would be when he was stripped while trying to get a shot up as time expired in regulation.
With Elliott Pitts still out due to "personal reasons" and now Trier likely out for at least a month or two, Justin Simon and Parker Jackson-Cartwright really need to step up for the Wildcats.
Man— Allonzo Trier (@ISOzo_LOE) January 10, 2016
The Wildcats' next game is on Thursday against the Washington Huskies at McKale Center. The Huskies are at the top of the Pac-12 with a 3-0 record, and Arizona will need all hands on deck to avoid a 1-3 start to conference play.
UPDATE ON THE TIMING:
Trier played end of regulation and the four overtimes with the broken hand. Injured it guarding USC's Julian Jacobs with 3 minutes left.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 10, 2016