Allonzo Trier, a sixth-grader at Sequoyah Middle School in Federal Way, was featured in The New York Times Magazine this week.
Trier is ranked No. 1 in his class, according to Clark Francis at HoopScoopOnline.com. This story is about much more than how Trier stacks up against other basketball players. It’s a long piece, but describes the path Trier is on. Here’s one paragraph from Michael Sokolove’s story:
Trier has his own line of clothing emblazoned with his signature and personal motto: "When the lights come on, it’s time to perform." His basketball socks, which also come gratis, are marked with either his nickname, Zo, or his area code, 206. He’s expecting a shipment of Under Armour gear soon, thanks to Brandon Jennings, last year’s top high-school point guard and now a highly paid pro in Italy. He is flown around the country by A.A.U. teams that want him to play for them in tournaments — and by basketball promoters who use him to add luster to their events. A lawyer in Seattle arranged for Trier’s private-school tuition and academic tutoring to be paid for by the charitable foundation of an N.B.A. player, and the lawyer also procured free dental care for Trier.
The story isn’t all about Trier. It looks at the men who run summer basketball camps, AAU coaches, college coaches and parents of these boys.
It’s well worth 10 minutes of your time.