Arizona's Allonzo Trier suspended for failed PED test

Arizona's Allonzo Trier suspended for failed PED test

The ESPN report said Trier has been tested multiple times since September, and as recently as the last two weeks, but traces of the substance have remained.

With its biggest tests ahead of it, including an away game at UCLA on Saturday, Arizona could certainly use Trier's talent, but it's unclear whether or not the sophomore will even get on the floor this season.

But after a 16-point outing in the annual Red-Blue open scrimmage in October, Trier never came back to the court. He was responding to an ESPN.com report citing unnamed sources that said he won an appeal for a positive PED test but remains unable to play until he tests clean.

"I have never knowingly taken a banned substance", he said in the statement. Despite the fact that Arizona is 16-2 and 5-0 in conference, it has been playing at times without Ray Smith (torn ACL), Parker Jackson-Cartwright (ankle), and Talbott Denny (knee) as well. The NCAA agreed that I had no knowledge of receiving the substance and my eligibility was restored. Trier has missed all 18 of UA's regular-season games and also did not play in the Wildcats' two exhibition games, though he has practiced with the team. The levels of the unspecified drug has reportedly decreased. While Trier waits for the drug to pass through, he's been allowed to practice and travel with the team. Trier, arguably the most talented guard on Arizona's loaded roster, has been relegated to the bench, where he's become the team's most vocal and visible cheerleader; for three months, nobody knew why. However, the drug has to be completely out of his system before he can play, reports Goodman.

Trier averaged 14.8 points per game in his freshman season, but only added 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

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