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Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona

Posted on: May 3, 2009 3:33 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2009 3:34 pm

Further proof that prospects are almost always more committed to a staff than a school came Sunday when former Xavier signee Kevin Parrom committed to Arizona, i.e., the new home of former Xavier coach Sean Miller.

Parrom (ranked 88th in the Class of 2009 by is the third top 100 prospect Miller has lured to Arizona in the past four weeks, joining Kyryl Natyzhko (ranked 48th by and Solomon Hill (ranked 58th by He's a 6-foot-6 forward from New York, one who should help Miller's transition to the Pac-10 be smoother than expected, his rebuilding job as Lute Olson's successor be quicker than most anticipated.

The development means 96 of's top 100 prospects from the Class of 2009 are now off the board.

The four remaining uncommitted players listed are No. 2 John Wall, No. 8 Lance Stephenson, No. 37 Eric Bledsoe and No. 69 Deshawn Painter. Also available is Latavious Williams, a fifth-year player who is ranked as the nation's 17th-best prospect by Williams will reportedly choose Monday between Georgetown and Memphis.
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2009 8:58 pm

Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona

I know you Memphis fans are a little beat up from all the players that have decomitted since Calipari left but c'mon. You would actually force these kids play for a coach other than the one that was present when they comitted? That's completely unreasonable, as well as unenforceable. You are defninitely not looking out for the best interests of these players but rather the best interests of Tiger basketball. I don't think any objective person could object to letting these kids play for who they wish. This is one of the biggest decisions of thier lives and could very well determine their future.

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2009 12:55 pm

Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona

It's funny because very few people had a problem with it when Olson retired and UA's highly-ranked class fell apart with Moser, Gaddy, Hill (now back with UA), Withey and Negedu decommitting and Jennings opting to play in Europe (although he probably would have jumped to Europe regardless of Olson's status).  Now, everybody's up in arms about players jumping from Xavier and Memphis.  Even a good number of UA fans didn't have a problem with it because as someone said earlier, players commit to coaches, not schools.  Is it fair for a talented player to be held to an LOI that he signed to play for a coach, or a coaching staff, when (1) that staff is gone, and (2) in some cases, the new staff hasn't been named?  Do you blame these players for wanting to entrust their development to Calipari instead of an untested, unproven Pastner or to Miller instead of an unproven/untested Mack?  These kids have a lot on the line and I don't blame them at all for wanting to play for a coach who they believe gives them the best chance for future success.  Gaddy, Moser, Hill, Withey and Negedu committed to play for Olson, Pastner, etc..., not UA.

Another thing...  All indications are that Miller did NOT recruit Parrom or any of the other players who'd committed to Xavier.  It was only after Parrom asked out of and was granted a release from his LOI that Miller even contacted Parrom (and vice-versa).  Now, we can take people at their word that that was the case, or we can be skeptical and assume that Miller was "raping" Xavier as someone termed it, but we really don't know what happened.  So, I think it's unfair to lay this on the coaches.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2009 9:29 pm

Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona

That kind of happened by accident.  Guess I"ve been Cal-ized.

It is what it has always been. I love Uk basketball for reasons that have a lot to do with on court moments and personal memories, but there are moments in UK history that make cringe.  I'm not talking about losing games. I'm talking about the things that have been done to kids on the team and other schools. It's really not that different from things that UNC or Kansas has done or a dozen other schools. 

Now, given the rules of the game, I don't think Memphis was unduly "raped" and I'm not surprised that Miller is doing the same thing. AS fans it might be painful.  But it's the way college basketball works.

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2009 9:18 pm

Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona

but it is what it is.

Wow, KYBLU, already sounding like coach Cal! LOL.

Well, I don't think it is fair to only call out Calipari on the same practices. You're right, it is what it is, but it doean't make it right. At best unethical.

UACAT, My point is, to recruit on one schools money/time, and then take a better job and then lure them there is where I have a problem. I don't know who had a LOI with Xavier or who didn't, but to teach them to Honor thier contract only under certain cicumstances is not a good thing to teach them.

I believe that if you take a new job, you get what you have and you don't rape smaller schools to make you look better for the first season.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2009 9:06 pm

Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona

Guys it's what I've been saying all along. It's what college basketball coaches do when they leave program unless you're like a) Roy Williams going to a team that's loaded or b) Tubby Smith.... one of the few decent and classy men left in college basketball.

It's not pretty and it's not fun if you're a fan of the program getting screwed but it is what it is.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2009 9:03 pm

Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona

How is a coach "All For Me" because a kid asks for his release and follows the coach to his new school?  Parrom said he had a comfort level with Miller and coach Richardson.  Kids sign with the coach, not the school.  Since the kid is looking for the best fit for themselves, they should check everything out when there is a coaching change.  The worst thing they could do would be to stick around for a coach who didn't recruit them, and then end up not fitting in with the new coach's system.  Saying Miller or Calipari either one are All for Me is ridiculous.  The kids need to do what are best for them, and if that is following the coach, then so be it.

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2009 8:25 pm

Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona

Another, All for Me coach. Sorry Cal, I thought you were the biggest jerk but you are now closely rivaled!

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2009 4:13 pm

Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona

so sean miller is a punk too huh....

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2009 4:07 pm

Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona

Had parrom actually committed to xavier??

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