Now, after a successful 2013 Elite Youth Basketball League campaign with Athletes First, the 2015 grad is vaulting his way to the top of his class and not looking back.
Currently ranked 22nd on Rivals and 36th on ESPN among the rest of the 2015 class of basketball stars, Trier is fighting for a way to up his stock and gain more interest from the high-major programs around the country. Playing in the EYBL is certainly a sound starting point.
“There’s so many more top level athletes all over the court at one time,” Trier said. “Just stacks and loads of talent, compared to where a lot of the high school talent is more spread out. It just gives you a different outlook of everything.”
Trier has fed off the stiffer competition of the EYBL.
Only a sophomore in 2013, Trier posted some daunting regular season averages. A focal point in Athletes First’s offense, the 6-foot-4 combo guard averaged 20.2 points per game, while shooting 41 percent from the field. A talented free throw shooter to boot, he also connected on nearly 83 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. And with his big frame, he was able to average five rebounds per game.
“You just gotta get ready for the physical strength and pounding you’re going to take,” Trier said, referring to adapting as a guard and playing against tough and strong EYBL opponents.
Touted primarily as a scorer, Trier is devolping other parts of his game as he prepares for the next level.
“He is known as a scorer, but he is also a playmaker,” Chris Wallace, head coach for Northeast Oklahoma Association of Homeschools, said. “Whether it be with crucial steals or timely blocks that saved the game for us, he always ended up making that play that changed the outcome of the game.”
Trier’s strong year in the EYBL isn’t going unnoticed.
Along with his rise in the recruiting ranks, Trier also took home D1 Circuit’s Most Improved Player Award. As a freshman for Athletes First in 2012, Trier averaged 7.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. This season, Trier more than doubled his points performance (20.2 PPG) and greatly improved his rebounding.
“I’m still growing, got stronger and more explosive and athletic, which allowed me to finish through contact at the rim and finish above the rim with dunks and things like that,” Trier said of his growth from last season.
Another area that separates Trier from most of his EYBL counterparts is his school life.
Trier is homeschooled and plays varisity basketball through the Northeast Oklahoma Association of Homeschools program. NOAH allows for homeschooled students like Trier to develop their athletic abilities by playing systematic basketball in the Tulsa, Okla., area.
“Last year was the first time that NOAH has been ranked in the top 15 for home school,” Wallace said. “We ranked at number three for the entire year.”
Before moving to Oklahoma, Trier grew up looking to find his place on the court in the Seattle area. Fast forward four years – as well as nearly a foot in height – and he’s still trying to figure out where he plays best.
“I keep growing so I don’t know what I’ll play,” Trier said. “I mean, I handle the ball really well but I have a knack for scoring. So, I don’t know. Whatever one somebody needs me to play at the next level I’m fine with. It doesn’t really bother me. I’m not too dependent on having the ball in my hands to score. It’s really whatever the college needs for me to do.”
And colleges are taking note.
No longer just a mid-major recruit, Trier is starting to see more interest beyond the Great Plains region.
In addition to his in-state offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa, he’s seen interest from Connecticut, Baylor and this year’s tournament cinderella, Wichita State. But the coast is starting to catch wind of this midwest baller.
“St. Johns, a few other big east schools,” Trier says, listing out other schools with interest.
Whoever ends up inking Trier will get one of the best pure scorers the EYBL has seen in some time. With elastic versatility and sporting a multitude of ways to score, Trier likely has a bright future ahead of him.
“I love to compete and I’m a fierce competitor, and I want to win at all costs,” Trier said. “And as a man, I want to continue to keep being a good kid, stay out of trouble and stay humble.”