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Stills makes impression on hoops recruit

3/14/2012

Oklahoma junior defensive back Tony Jefferson talked last week about the transition from being someone who looked up to others to now being the guy people are looking to as an example.

Jefferson is not alone as fellow “Cali trio” and 2010 class members wide receiver Kenny Stills and running back Brennan Clay are in a similar position.

Stills already is starting to make an impression, even if it’s not on the football field. He recently reached out to high school freshman shooting guard Allonzo Trier (Oklahoma City/Storm Homeschool) on Twitter.

Stills tweeted: “Heard you were the real deal bro! Keep it up!”

Trier, who was ranked the No. 1 prospect in the nation by some recruiting services as a seventh grader, is 6-foot and 165 pounds.

“That meant a lot to me to hear that from Kenny, somebody who is a special athlete at the next level,” Trier said. “He didn’t have to do that. He’s a role model and somebody I look to up to.”

Trier is receiving interest from colleges across the country and made several unofficial visits to watch OU this season.

The Oklahoma City Storm will finish its season at the homeschool national championships March 19-24 in Springfield, Mo. The Storm also features 2014 power forward Jacob Hammond, who is receiving interest from the Sooners and also made unofficial visits to OU this season.

“It’s great playing with somebody like Zo because he can do so many things on the court,” Hammond said. “He can shoot, but he is also a really good passer. He doesn’t get enough credit for that. It’s a lot of fun, that’s for sure.”

Trier is less than 100 points away from reaching the 1,000-point mark this season.