LAS VEGAS — Allonzo Trier doesn’t know why he didn’t get drafted following his junior year as Arizona’s shooting guard. He just knows how shocked he was, how many teams made mistakes and how he will get his first chance to prove it on the Knicks’ summer-league team, beginning Saturday against the Hawks.
“Yeah, it was absolutely shocking,’’ Trier said Wednesday after the Knicks’ second summer-league practice at Thomas & Mack Center. “I definitely believe I belong in this league and I can play and I’m as good as all these guys who were drafted. But that’s done and over with in the past. I’m looking forward to this opportunity here to take advantage of it.”
Trier, who averaged 18 points and shot 50 percent for the powerhouse Wildcats, officially signed his two-way contract Tuesday with the Knicks, who he thought might have taken him at No. 36.
Instead, general manager Scott Perry went with project center Mitchell Robinson and hoped the 6-foot-5 Trier would fall out of the draft because of his performance-enhancing drug infractions.
“It was an organization that believed in me,’’ Trier said of the Knicks. “I was really thankful for them to offer me the opportunity to sign a two-way. They showed a lot of interest in the draft process when I came in and worked out for them, so I’m very glad to be here. There was definitely a real possibility we thought I was going to be picked here.”