Despite Monday’s news that Allonzo Trier’s transfer request to join a Tulsa homeschool basketball team was denied, the star guard is sticking with his new team anyway.
Jonathon Bluitt, a mentor to Trier, told The Oklahoman Monday night that Trier plans to remain a part of the team with Tulsa Northeast Oklahoma Association of Homeschools (NOAH), even though his participation will eliminate the Jaguars from playing in the homeschool national tournament.
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. He moved to Tulsa in the summer, where he lives with Bluitt, as well as another family that unsuccessfully applied for guardianship of Trier. His mother, Marcie, still lives in Oklahoma City.
According to HSLive365.com, a website dedicated to covering homeschool sports, the request and subsequent appeal of Trier’s transfer were denied because of a National Christian Homeschool Championships rule that states: “A player must live at home with his/her parent, legal guardian or legally responsible person (in the case of foster children or other family hardships) in order to be considered homeschooled.”
NOAH administration would have the final say on allowing Trier to participate as an ineligible player, and that determination has not been made yet.
The NCHC rules require athletes to live within a 100-mile radius of where the team is based.
“As of right now, after visiting with his mother, Allonzo has decided to stick with NOAH and continuing on his current path,” said Bluitt, a former OKC Storm assistant coach who now helps with the team at NOAH. “He’s not letting this hold him up. It’s sad it has come to this, but he’s content being at NOAH.
“This is a great situation for him all the way around. This is something he and his mother decided is best for both of them, and for his development.”
The NCHC governs the homeschool championship tournament, and would prevent NOAH from competing because of its use of an ineligible player.
If Trier remains at NOAH beyond the 2012-13 season, it is possible that his eligibility could then be approved, and NOAH could be allowed back in the championship tournament.