Given the changes to the NCAA's early-entry rules, it seemed like a strong possibility -- if not a lock -- that Arizona Wildcats' freshman Allonzo Trier would declare for the 2016 NBA Draft. The question was whether or not he'd hire an agent, effectively closing or leaving the door open for his return to Arizona.
But, in a surprising decision, Trier did neither. Instead, after gathering some feedback from NBA personnel and talking with those close to him, he decided to forgo the opportunity to test the NBA Draft waters altogether, opting to return for his sophomore season.
"It was definitely something y really look into and think about, and discuss it with your family, and coaching staff," Trier said about the possibility of entering the NBA Draft. "It’s hard because it’s something you’ve worked so hard for. Your dream is right here and it’s so close, an you’re really close to grabbing it and starting that journey of your dream, but all that means is that I’m coming back to Arizona to better myself as a player, as a person, and we think that’s best for myself to have the best longevity of a pro career."
Trier, theoretically, had nothing to lose by declaring for the draft, given that he could have still returned to school, but he wanted to be fully committed to Arizona basketball.