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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