A college basketball star has been ruled ineligible. Arizona guard Allonzo Trier has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA after testing positive for a banned substance - which is the second failed drug test for Trier during his time at Arizona.
According to a statement released by the university, the substance is a remnant of a substance Trier allegedly unknowingly ingested in 2016. He missed 19 games during the 2016-17 season for ingesting the steroid Osterine.
Here's the full statement from the Arizona Athletics department.
"Earlier today, the University of Arizona was notified that the NCAA has declared Allonzo Trier ineligible. In late January 2018, Allonzo participated in an NCAA student-athlete drug screening. The results of that test, confirmed today, revealed the reappearance of a trace amount of a banned substance.
The amount detected was minuscule by scientific standards and appears to be a remnant of a substance, which the NCAA agreed, Allonzo had unknowingly ingested in 2016. The University is appealing the decision and is hopeful that Allonzo will regain his eligibility soon."
Trier was one of the best players in the country last season, averaging 17 points, 5 rebounds and nearly 3 assists per game. He's put in an even more impressive performance this season, averaging 19.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game.
Trier is a former 5-star recruit from the class of 2015 when he was the No. 13 player in the country, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings. He surprised many with his decision to return to Arizona despite being a potential first round pick in 2017.
No. 14 Arizona sits at 21-6 on the season and is in prime position for a run in the NCAA tournament as the Wildcats sit in first place in the Pac-12.