Ex-Cat Allonzo Trier as rookie: 'He's just not afraid'

Allonzo Trier dunks against Dallas on Monday night.Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie from Arizona is heating up with Knicks

Former Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier continues to surprise. Maybe "amaze" is a better word.

The undrafted free agent had a strong preseason to earn a spot on the New York Knicks opening-day roster ... and he hasn't slowed down.

A highly efficient scorer in his three seasons at Arizona, Trier poured in a career-high 23 points in the Knicks' win over Dallas on Friday night, shooting 8 of 10 from the field -- 1 of 3 from beyond the arc -- and making 6 of 7 free throws.

In the past three games, he is averaging 16.3 points, while making 19 of 24 shots (79.2 percent).

"Just trying to be very aggressive, trying to come in, do my job, bring energy to second unit," Trier said on TV after Friday night's game. "We did a great job of finally closing the game tonight."

Trier scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to further earn coach David Fizdale's trust in crunch time.

"He's a guy I'm going to have to have out there more often than not," Fizdale said, "because he's just not afraid."

Great off the dribble and either scoring or drawing fouls, Fizdale was heard to yell at Trier, "Anything you want!" in isolation situations against the Mavs.

Through nine games, Trier is averaging 10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.6 minutes per game. He is on a two-way contract, meaning he can spend up to 45 days on the Knicks' NBA roster before being sent to the G League ... or the team can convert the deal into a standard contract.

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