SPENCER — From the moment he walks onto the court for a game, everyone in the gym knows who Allonzo Trier is.
Some of them want to see him win. Some of them want to see him lose.
But all of them want to see what he'll do next.
The freshman basketball phenom of the Oklahoma City Storm home-school team has been a national name since appearing in The New York Times Sports Magazine for his basketball abilities when he was just a sixth-grader.
Trier is now in his second season with the Storm after moving to Oklahoma City from Seattle, and he'll get the chance to compete with some of the state's top competition.
On Tuesday night, Trier scored 25 points to lead the Storm in an 83-57 win at Star Spencer. Next Tuesday, the Storm will face a Northwest Classen squad that is a legitimate contender to reach the Class 5A state tournament.
Wherever he goes, all eyes are on Trier, and every opponent wants to take him out of his game.
“Every time I step onto the court, I get everybody's best shot,” Trier said after Tuesday's win. “It doesn't matter if we're playing the worst team or the best team, I'm getting their all. I respect that, because guys go at me hard, and I just go back at them. I have no problem with it.”
With 6-foot-9 Jacob Hammond, an athletically gifted sophomore, in the paint, the Storm will be a team to watch for a few seasons. College recruiters are already well aware of both young players, and the Storm has other capable scorers, like senior forward Grant Malone.
But Trier is the focal point, because of his reputation and his talent.
With a smooth jump shot and the type of ball-handling skills that you rarely see in any high school gym, Trier's game is focused on his offense.
You might get lulled to sleep by a few missed shots, but stay alert, because you never know when the highlight is coming.
His shot was off to start Tuesday night, but he exploded for 13 points in the second quarter as the Storm took a 46-26 lead at the half.
Despite all the attention and all the praise his game brings, Trier is out to show he's still improving as an overall player.
His defense, built around quick feet and even quicker hands, is the area of his game he wants people to notice this season as he works hard to become a better defender.
“This year, I've really tried to step up and be a big defensive player,” Trier said. “A lot of people have knocked me and said I don't guard, but I came out and proved that I can today. I got a lot of steals and I rotated on defense well.
“That's one of the areas I've tried to step up and make this team better.”