Basketball standout Allonzo Trier and his supporters might want him to play for Tulsa NOAH in the coming season, but making that a reality won't be as simple as just showing up.
Trier, who played the last two seasons for the Oklahoma City Storm, had his transfer request and subsequent appeal denied on Monday by the National Christian Homeschool Championships, the organization that oversees the homeschool national tournament.
Trier's mentor, Jonathan Bluitt, told The Oklahoman on Monday that Trier still plans to join the team at NOAH this season.
If Trier was to disregard the NCHC decision and play for NOAH anyway, the team would be banned from participating in the homeschool playoffs this season and would be put on probation for three years, according to NCHC rules.
“That is an option that has not been discussed. We haven't discussed any options,” Tulsa NOAH athletic director Chris Moody told the Tulsa World on Tuesday regarding Trier's desire to join the team.
Trier was denied his transfer request because he no longer lives with his mother, who resides in Oklahoma City. He moved to Tulsa in the summer, living with Bluitt, as well as another family that unsuccessfully applied for guardianship of Trier.
Finding opponents would also become an issue for NOAH.
According to OSSAA Executive Director Ed Sheakley, Trier would still be viewed as an ineligible player by the organization's guidelines.
“If a player is not eligible according to the governing body of his organization, he is not eligible to play against our member schools,” Sheakley said.
However, the OSSAA could not ban NOAH from using Trier in competition against its schools. Member schools would be skittish about playing a team using an ineligible player, knowing that their win-loss record is a predominant factor in determining playoff seeding.
Trier, regarded as one of the top 50 players in the country for the class of 2015, has played the last two seasons with the homeschool Oklahoma City Storm.
OKC Storm coach Kurt Talbott has said he would allow Trier to return to the team, but he had not spoken to Trier or his mother since the announcement of his appeal being denied.
If Trier moved back in with his mother, he would be eligible for any of the OKC-based homeschool teams. Sources told The Oklahoman that Trier would also consider attending a prep school, but enrollment into a public school was unlikely.