The Arizona Wildcats have been racking up recognition all preseason.
ESPN has released its preseason All-America teams and two Wildcats find themselves on the list.
Allonzo Trier was named to the First Team at the guard position. It’s no surprise to many after he turned down an opportunity enter the NBA Draft.
Here’s why ESPN’s Jeff Goodman chose Trier:
Trier didn't play like a guy who missed the first 19 games last season. He was suspended for the first half of the season and then proceeded to lead the Wildcats in scoring. Trier should be even more effective this season.
2016-17 Stats: 17.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.7 APG
Deandre Ayton, the 7-foot-1 freshman from the Bahamas, was named to the Third Team.
That’s not surprising, either, as Sean Miller, who has seen multiple 5-star athletes and NBA players come through his program, called Ayton a “once-in-a-generation talent.”
At 7-foot-1, he is a tremendous athlete for someone his size. He's a versatile, skilled big man who runs the court extremely well and could wind up being a top-three pick in the next NBA draft.
2016-17 Stats: N/A
As great as it is having two Wildcats on this list, you have to imagine Rawle Alkins would have made (or at least been in consideration) for the Third Team if he did not break his foot this offseason.
Averaging 10.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 2.1 APG last year, Alkins is primed for a big year, but we’ll have to wait until December to see him play.
That said, Trier, Ayton, and Alkins were all named to preseason watch lists at their respective positions.
Trier is on the Jerry West Award watch list (the award for the best shooting guard), Ayton is on the Karl Malone Award watch list (best power forward), and Alkins is on the Julius Erving watch list (best small forward).
Talent is oozing in Tucson this season.