Ivan Rabb and Allonzo Trier were teammates this week at the McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago. They will be teammates again next week for Team USA at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland and at the Jordan Brand Classic in New York on April 17.
They could be teammates next year at Arizona. Trier from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., is already signed to the Wildcats; Rabb, from Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland, is down to Cal and Arizona. Rabb has been expected to choose Cal, even though Arizona has been recruiting Rabb since he was a freshman.
Rabb, one of the top power forwards in the country, was among those watching Trier and Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) play in the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals on Friday against Montverde (Fla.) Academy.
Trier took the opportunity to make a public recruiting pitch on Twitter to his friend.
Rabb initially was thought to be ready to announce last weekend after he led his team to a state championship in California, but declined, saying he wanted to make sure of his choice.
You have to figure versions of this conversation have happened privately and will be happening again in Portland.
“We’ve been talking a lot,” Rabb said of his relationship with Trier. “Our relationship has gotten a lot stronger. He’s definitely trying to recruit me to Arizona.”
Trier said he only does so a little bit.
“I try not to press him too much,” Trier said. “I just try to be there and be good friends with him.”
Contributing: Bruce Bascoe, Arizona Daily Star.