Basketball hotshot Allonzo Trier transferring to NOAH
BY Staff Reports
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Home school basketball standout Allonzo Trier apparently will be eligible to play at NOAH (Northeast Oklahoma Association of Homeschools) after all.
Marcie Trier will move from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, making her 6-foot-2 son, rated among the nation’s top sophomores, eligible with the Jaguars in the 2012-13 season, according to Chris Moody, NOAH director of basketball operations.
Marcie Trier notified the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships of her decision after the same group denied her son’s petition last week for a hardship waiver.
He was seeking approval to play at NOAH after playing the past two years for the OKC Storm, although his mother still lived in the Oklahoma City area. Trier had been living with NOAH girls basketball coach Curtis Branch, whose 11th-grade son and Trier are close friends.
The NCHBC administers the national home school tournament that NOAH participates in each year.
“This has really been a good process for the NCHBC,” NCHBC executive director Tim Flatt told hslive365.com, a website dedicated to reporting in issues pertaining to home school athletics. “We are happy that NOAH made a proper appeal, the Eligibility Advisory Board made a ruling based on the guidelines, NOAH accepted the EAB ruling and Marcie Trier was able to make a huge sacrifice and move to Tulsa to meet the NCHBC guidelines.”
The move apparently would make NOAH an immediate player on the national home school stage. Trier, who holds scholarship offers from all four in-state Division I universities, averaged 22.7 points per game last season while leading the Storm to a 33-13 record and runner-up finish in the national home school tournament.
Trier moved to Tulsa this summer to follow his coaching mentor, former ORU basketball standout guard Jonathan Bluitt, and played for the Athletes First AAU team.
NCHBC guidelines state that an athlete must “live at home with his/her parent, legal guardian or legally responsible person (in the case of children or other family hardships) in order to be considered homeschooled.”
Trier’s petition was denied last week by a 23-4 vote of the NCHBC's eligiblity board.