Arizona's Allonzo Trier sidelined after failed PED test

Arizona's Allonzo Trier sidelined after failed PED test

ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports the sophomore guard's suspension stems from a failed test for a performance-enhancing drug. He was suspended in October, but has since won an appeal with the NCAA. The NCAA will not allow Trier to play in games for the Wildcats until the drug is completely out of his system, although he has been reinstated and allowed to practice and travel with the team. The school hasn't publicly commented on the matter, but the Arizona Republic initially reported the issue was over his eligibility.

Trier released a statement late Wednesday confirming his suspension has been the result of a failed drug test that the NCAA administered randomly back in September. Highly coveted growing up in Seattle, Trier was a major piece for the Wildcats to get and entered this season as the team's leading returning scorer.

The saga surrounding the 6-foot-5 guard, who made a decision to return to school for his sophomore season rather than jump to National Basketball Association, has been one of the more compelling storylines surrounding the No. 14 team in the country as it's gone 16-2 despite losing Trier.

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As of now, there is no timeline for an eventual return, Goodman reports, which is why Arizona coach Sean Miller has remained hopeful but without knowledge of a potential debut for Trier. "After finding out that I was given a banned substance by a well-intentioned, but misguided person not associated with the University after an injury, I presented this information to the NCAA". While the most recent test revealed decreased levels, the substance has yet to completely leave his system.

Trier has been allowed to practice and travel with the team but has not yet played in a game. As the Wildcats' two-guard, he averaged 14.8 points per game on 53.9 percent shooting, playing 28 minutes per night.