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Arizona's Parrom makes unexpected return Sunday

Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 7:52 am
 
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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Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Arizona's Parrom makes unexpected return Sunday

Kevin Parrom is the true leader of the Cats.  He is the spark plug that ignites the defense.  He is pure energy and pure heart and it is impossible to not get infected by it when on the court with him.  As great as D-Will was last year, the Cats still would not have gotten to the Elite 8 without Parrom.



Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:39 am
 

Arizona's Parrom makes unexpected return Sunday

Yes, you are correct.  I have been extremely impressed with Nic Johnson's defense, I just didn't list him since he is a freshman, but you are correct. I feel comfortable with him gaurding opposing guards. 

Parrom is so smart with the ball in his hands. You will hardly ever see him take a bad shot, he passes well, he doesn't turn it over, he shoots the 3 well, he dribbles well, and he is the best hustler we have on the court.  Although, I wouldn't be surprised to see Nic become our best hustle man.  I'm so glad Parrom is back.

NOW......... IT'S TIME TO CUT DOWN THE TURNOVERS, PLAY BETTER IN THE FIRST HALF, FIND SOME SORT OF LOW PRESSENCE, AND FOR CRYING OUT LOUD CAN WE MAKE SOME FREE THROWS AND STOP GIVING UP THE BIG SCORER LIKE WE DID LAST YEAR.

IT'S A WORK IN PROGRESS DEFINITELY.  IT'S OFFICIAL AS OF TODAY THE CAT'S INKED TOP 4 RECRUITS FOR NEXT YEAR.



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:17 am
 

Arizona's Parrom makes unexpected return Sunday

Nick Johnson is an awesome defensive player too.  He's also very smart on offense. 



Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:22 am
 

YES! PARROM IS BACK!!!!

I had the biggest smile on my face when this Cat came back today!  It's amazing, not being a 100%, what a difference this Cat makes.  He's the easily the smartest player on the court that the cats have.  You could instantly see the difference in our overall defense once he came out and played.  I love when Hill, Fogg, Parrom, and Mayes all play together because they are by far our best defensive players. 

WELCOME BACK PARROM!!!!!!!!!!



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