Tag:Kevin Parrom
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:52 am

Arizona's Parrom latest adversity: done for year

By Jeff Goodman

The past six months have not been kind to Kevin Parrom. 

The latest bout of adversity for the Arizona junior wing came last night, when the school announced he'll miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken bone is his right foot. 

Parrom was shot in the same leg back in September back home in New York and there was some thought that he would miss the entire season. However, he was even more motivated to return to the court after his mother lost her fight with cancer in October. 

Parrom returned after sitting out the first two games of the season, but he never looked like the player Sean Miller envisioned prior to the injury. He averaged just 4.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game, down from 7.6 points and 3.4 boards a year ago, prior to suffering the injury late in the first half of Arizona's 69-67 home loss against Washington. 

The school also said that the most recent injury is unrelated to the one suffered back in September. 

Parrom took to twitter after the game and posted the following: 

"I love all u guys thanks 4 all of ya support. Ill be ok. Just like mommy said Just another bump on the road. Ill be back stronger than ever! Just wanna let all the fans know that this season isnt over and we gonna be just fine. Just gotta keep workin harder and learn how to win!  Zona zoo there is no time to feel sorry for me or my injury. I really appreciate all the love and support but we still got to win the pac12!"

Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:01 am

Parrom's homecoming about more than basketball

Jeff Borzello

NEW YORK – The return of Kevin Parrom to New York City was circled on his mother’s calendar for a long time.

“She was trying to stay alive to see him play at the Garden,” Kenneth Parrom, Kevin’s father, told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.

Lisa Williams wasn’t in the stands on Thursday night. But her son was on the court, helping lead Arizona to an 81-72 victory over St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. The New York native came off the bench to score six points and dish out five assists.

Against the Red Storm, though, basketball was secondary to Parrom and his family.

Two months ago, Parrom was shot twice while he was in New York visiting his mother in the hospital. He’s still not 100 percent done with his recovery from the gunshot wounds in his right leg and left hand.

Only three weeks after Parrom was shot, the news worsened. Williams, who had been battling cancer for two years, passed away on the night of October 16. 

“I have never been around a young person who has dealt with more hardship in such a short period of time than Kevin,” head coach Sean Miller said in a statement at the time.

Naturally, Parrom’s homecoming ran the gauntlet of feelings.

“I had all types of emotions,” he said. “It felt great, being back home. But I was sad before the game. I had to put that aside to try to concentrate on today’s game and that’s what I did.”

While he didn’t start the game, every time Parrom entered the game or made a play, the crowd erupted. Arizona has other New York natives on its roster, but the cheers and excitement was clearly for Parrom.

Dozens of family and friends were in the stands to support Parrom on his trip back home.

“I had a lot [of people],” he said. “I had the same type of applause as back in Tucson.”

Although it was technically a road game for Arizona, the crowd support for Parrom essentially evened out the St. John’s advantage.

That type of backing showed why Parrom was so excited to come back home and play in front of his fans.

“I’m a New York kid,” he said. “Who wouldn’t want to play in the Garden?”

Heading into the season, Arizona’s freshmen backcourt of Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner received most of the attention nationally. However, when it mattered, Miller turned to Parrom and four other veterans to help turn the game around, and then close the victory down the stretch.

It won’t show up in the stat sheet, but Parrom – even when he’s not 100 percent – was a huge key for the Wildcats against the Red Storm.

“I can’t understate the importance of Kevin Parrom,” Miller said. “Without him, we’re not really the same team.”

After the game, Parrom was more reserved than usual but it was clear the range of emotions he experienced throughout the day was finally hitting him.

“Words can’t even describe how I’m feeling.”

Photo: US Presswire

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Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 7:52 am

Arizona's Parrom makes unexpected return Sunday

By Jeff Goodman

Kevin Parrom went through a pair of practices this weekend, well-ahead of schedule, but he still wasn't sure when he'd make his return to the court. There was optimism he'd be back for this week's 2K Sports Classic back home in New York.

Then Sean Miller informed the Arizona junior, who was recovering from a gunshot wound and also the loss of his mother weeks ago, on Sunday afternoon that he would make his season debut hours later against Ball State.

"The highlights were playing before the game and I spoke to my mother," Parrom said. "I said a quick prayer and then heard a voice. She told me to go out and play hard."

Parrom's mother passed away from cancer on Oct. 17.

That's exactly what Parrom did - and it helped inspire his teammates to a come-from-behind victory against Ball State.

"It felt great," Parrom told CBSSports.com following the 73-63 win. "I'm obviously not 100 percent, but it was just good to get out there and help contribute."

When Miller gave him the green light at shootaround earlier this afternoon, Parrom figured he'd probably get a handful of minutes.

"I didn't expect to play 18 minutes," said Parrom, who estimates he's about 75 percent of the way back. "I just went out there and played hard and tried to be a leader. I wasn't really looking to score."

Parrom wound up scoring six points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing out two assists without committing a single turnover.

"Part of my rehab was getting out there and playing," he added.

It was the ultimate therapy.

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Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 9:43 am

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

By Jeff Goodman

The place not to be this weekend? McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona.

That's where Arizona coach Sean Miller crushed his players after a loss to Division 2 Seattle Pacific on Thursday night.

However, a few days after the somewhat embarrassing setback, Miller gained some perspective. 

"No one wanted to lose, but in a funny way I think it'll help us," Miller said on Sunday night. "We've got to earn it all over."

"Guys are in different roles," he added.

Without Derrick Williams, this is a completely different team - and while the Wildcats did welcome in a stellar freshman class, it'll likely take time for most of them to adjust. Despite their preseason ranking, this is not a Top 25 team right now. Not this early - and not without Kevin Parrom. 

The only one who stood out in his debut was athletic guard Nick Johnson.

"He was the bright spot," Miller said of Johnson.

Fellow freshman guard Josiah Turner - the most highly touted of the frosh - struggled. Miller said that could be the case early because Turner had a rough senior season in high school in which he switched schools.

"He didn't come off a good situation, but did the best he could," Miller said. "Don't be surprised if Josiah struggles early in the season and plays his best basketball later in the year."

Not only is Arizona without Williams, but the Wildcats are also without Parrom - who is recovering from being shot in the leg.

"I'd be surprised if Kevin's back in November," Miller said. "It's probably realistic that he returns in December. He's getting more and more movement and has been doing as well as anyone could expect after the loss of his mother."

Miller said that fans will need to be patient with other two freshmen - big men Sikidi Johnson and Angelo Chol. Veteran big man Alex Jacobson, who would likely play minutes right now due to the inexperience of Johnson and Chol, is also out with an injury.

Photo: AP

Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:42 pm

Kevin Parrom loses his mother to cancer

By Matt Norlander

Kevin Parrom, the Arizona junior forward who was shot in New York City earlier this month, lost his mother to cancer, the school confirmed Sunday night.

Lisa Williams had battled the disease for more than two years. She was the reason Parrom was on the East Coast recently, as he was paying her a visit. It was in his father's apartment in the Bronx where Parrom took on bullet wounds to his right leg and left hand.

Parrom tweetedlate Sunday night, "I Love You Momma! You Dont Have To Deal With No More Pain And Now You Can Watch Ya Baby Boy Make You Proud From Up Above. Love You Ma ! RIP" It doesn't get much more devastating than that, even if Parrom's putting a positive public persona in the wake of his mother's death. He also lost his grandmother this summer. The really devastating thing that came from Parrom was this tweet from Saturday: "Whats the cure for cancer ? If anyone in this world can help me out ill give u my life !"

"Today, Lisa Williams, Kevin Parrom's mom, passed away," Arizona head coach Sean Miller said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin and his family at this most difficult time. I have never been around a young person who has dealt with more hardship in such a short period of time than Kevin. I ask all Arizona Wildcat fans to join us on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. at our annual Red-Blue Game to be there when we introduce Kevin Parrom as a part of our 2011-12 team. He will rely on all of us here in Tucson for support in moving forward."

No telling what Parrom is going through right now, and all we here at the blog have to say is that are thoughts are with him, his family and those close to them. There is still no timetable on Parrom's return to the team, as his injuries still have to heal. Those are physical. The mental and emotional ones will undoubtedly linger throughout this season.

Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:18 pm

Parrom's status remains unclear for season

By Jeff Goodman

Kevin Parrom's status for this season remains up in the air.

Arizona's junior wing, expected to be one of the Wildcats top players this season following the departure of Derrick Williams to the NBA, was shot while back home in New York last month.

Miller said there is no timetable for his return.

Not yet.

"We are cautiously optimistic based on his progress," Miller told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. "But we don't know when he'll be back - if at all this season."

Miller said that Parrom returned to Tucson with no feeling below his right knee.

"He's going to run under water this weekend," Miller said.

Miller reiterated that the plan is to continue to monitor Parrom's progress before making a decision.

He also said that he won't place Parrom and his long-term future in jeopardy.

"We've already talked about the possibility of redshirting," Miller said. "But it depends on the progress he continues to make."

"Again, we're optimistic he'll be able to play this season," he added. "But we honestly don't know right now. He could be back for the first game, for league play or not at all."
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:35 am

Attempted-murder charge for Parrom's shooter

By Matt Norlander

Arizona's Kevin Parrom is alive, but as far as the state of New York is concerned, that fact is to the chagrin of Jason Gonzalez.

The Arizona Daily Star reports Gonzalez has been formally charged with attempted murder, in addition to nine other offenses, in the wake of firing at gun at Parrom, which ended with bullets in Parrom's right knee and left hand. Parrom is recovering and in relative good health, but his return to Arizona's team this year remains uncertain.

From the Daily Star:

Gonzalez, 19, was arraigned Sunday and faces a pretrial hearing on Wednesday in Bronx Supreme Court. His bail was set at $25,000 and he is being detained at Vernon C. Bain Center in Bronx. He has pleaded not guilty.

New York Police had said Sunday that Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of  assault, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the Sept. 24 incident. But the complaint issued Oct. 1 listed attempted murder as well as three charges of assault, two of burglary, two of trespass, as well as charges of harassment and being menacing in the second degree.

As we reported before, the dispute/fight/shooting between Gonzalez and Parrom was over a woman. All things considered, including Parrom's quotes in the report, he's lucky to be alive. Gonzalez and a buddy stormed in on Parrom.

It's very possible things could have gone much worse. But he made it out alive, and he continues to rehab with the team in Tucson. Arizona has been veiled on the true state of Parrom's injuries -- which could be a bad sign. If this was something he could return from by, say, Christmas, I think we would have known that by now.

Photo: AP
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:05 am
Edited on: September 26, 2011 9:22 am

Arizona's Parrom shot in dispute over woman

By Gary Parrish

Arizona junior Kevin Parrom was shot in the leg this weekend in New York during a reported dispute over a woman.

"Kevin Parrom went home this weekend to visit his mother, who is in the hospital," Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said via a statement released late Sunday. "While in New York City, he was the victim of a shooting. Rest assured, Kevin’s well being is our primary concern."

Arizona coach Sean Miller said he expects Parrom, a New York native, back in Tucson this week.

"I have been in contact with Kevin and his family throughout the weekend and look forward to his return to Tucson and being back in class this week," Miller said. "Our focus is on Kevin’s health right now. Once we have more information, we’ll be able to address his potential return to team activities."

Parrom averaged 7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds last season.
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