OSSAA sidelines eighth-grade basketball phenom

Allonzo Trier averaged 25 points for homeschool power OKC Storm
BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: January 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm •  Published: January 10, 2011
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Allonzo Trier is accustomed to being the center of attention. He was the focus of an eight-page spread in The New York Times Magazine in 2009. He's the No. 1-ranked basketball prospect for the class of 2015.

Trier, a 14-year-old Oklahoma City resident, is a frequent flier, too. He has spent a good portion of his life being flown around the country as Amateur Athletic Union teams seek his playing services during the spring and summer.

That search ended in 2010. After moving from the Seattle area, Trier met Athletes First coach Gary Vick. The two immediately connected, and Trier said he knows there is no better person to help guide him along.

After all, Vick helped launch the basketball careers of former Oklahoma high school stars and current NBA players Blake Griffin and Xavier Henry.

“He's always trying to find the positives in everything, and he's been a big help so far,” Trier said of Vick.

Trier has been a starting guard for the homeschool power OKC Storm despite being an eighth-grader.

He has wowed fans and opponents alike against quality teams such as Star Spencer, Heritage Hall and Tulsa Cascia Hall, to name a few.

But you will not find Trier on the court again this school year — at least not against Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association member schools.

The OSSAA ruled last week that Trier cannot play against its member schools because the OSSAA does not allow eighth-graders to play at the high school varsity level.

“If a member school plays a nonmember school, that nonmember school has to play by the same rules as the member school,” OSSAA executive secretary Ed Sheakley said. “No eighth-graders, no fifth-year players or anything like that.”

Sheakley said the ruling was only made last week because the OSSAA was not aware of Trier's involvement with the OKC Storm. There will be no sanctions against member schools that have already played the Storm.

Storm coach Tim Flatt thought details had been ironed out with the OSSAA before the basketball season. Sheakley said that was not the case.

“The conversation was not about his eligibility for this year. If it was, we would have made it clear to them he would not be allowed to play,” Sheakley said.

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