Positive PED test keeping him sidelined

Suspended Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug and said he won't play again until the drug completely leaves his body.

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. The guard failed a random drug test in September and Arizona was told of the fail in early October, which makes it hard to believe this news hadn't come out yet. Freshman Lauri Markkanen has led the way for the Wildcats, picking up much of the scoring that has been left by Trier's absence. The sophomore is hopeful he can return soon. He won an appeal of the decision, but the NCAA won't allow him to play until the drug is clear from his system. 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. I have never knowingly taken a banned substance.

Arizona head coach Sean Miller talks with guard Allonzo Trier (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern State in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.


I want to thank my family, coaches, teammates, my attorney and the athletics department for their support during this hard time.

The 14th-ranked Wildcats have done remarkably well without Trier: They're 16-2 overall and 5-0 in Pac-12 play.


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