This has been a big week for the basketball program at Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)
On Tuesday the national powerhouse hired Bryan Bartley to replace Stu Vetter as head coach. Vetter had tutored many top players and teams before resigning after posting a 321-47 record during 14 years at the helm. For the last two years Bartley served as athletic director and girls basketball coach at Hebron Christian Academy (Dacula, Ga.)
. He also was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for four years at Auburn University.
With the cupboard pretty bare, Bartley received great news on Friday night when rising junior star Allonzo Trier
announced on Twitter that he is transferring to Montrose Christian. The 6-foot-4 scoring machine, who is home-schooled, played his sophomore year for Tulsa NOAH HomeSchool (Tulsa, Okla.)
. He led Oklahoma with 1,152 points with a high game of 64. The previous year he played for the Oklahoma City Storm and also led the state with 1,043 points.
Veteran Tulsa World
sportswriter Barry Lewis noted that current NBA star Kevin Durant followed the same path, playing for two schools before transferring to Montrose.
Lewis wrote, "Trier definitely has NBA potential and it was fun to watch him the past two years. He ranks as one of the top five most dynamic freshman or sophomore players I've seen in nearly 30 years of covering high school basketball."
Without the benefit of a national schedule, Trier already has appeared in a TV commercial with Carmelo Anthony as a sixth grader, been on the cover of New York Times Magazine at age 13 and had a SportsCenter Top 10 play with a dunk at No. 3 last December.
We hardly can wait for his encore on a national basketball stage.