Kevin Parrom of Arizona, is fouled by Deaundray Robinson, far left as Aaron Chamberlain of Humboldt State, defends in the second half during a game at McKale Center.

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Kevin Parrom's Arizona Wildcats basketball career is officially over.

Parrom announced Wed-nesday on Twitter that he would not be applying for a fifth year of eligibility, a waiver request that appeared to have a very slim chance of approval.

Parrom said he has already picked an agent in his pursuit of a professional career.

"I enjoyed my time here at U of A," Parrom said on Twitter. "I learned so many things on and off the court. I am ready for the next stage of my life."

Parrom's departure means the Wildcats have one available scholarship left for next season. They have three incoming freshmen already: guard Elliott Pitts, forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and forward Aaron Gordon.

Parrom did not return messages seeking comment but had consistently expressed a lack of concern over whether he received a waiver toward the end of last season.

"I don't know" what could happen, Parrom said during the NCAA tournament. "I have no clue. I have to talk to Coach about what's going on with my future."

UA coach Sean Miller was unavailable for comment Wednesday, but UA athletic director Greg Byrne said Parrom made the decision on his own while the school was discussing whether to apply.

Parrom was not likely to get the waiver because he has played in too many games to meet NCAA medical hardship requirements.

Normally to receive an extra year, players must have a season in which they play in no more than 30 percent of their team's games and none past the halfway point. Parrom has done both in all four of his seasons with the Wildcats.

"We had told Kevin the entire time that it was going to be a real long shot, and he decided on his own not to wait for that process to unfold," Byrne said. "He was ready to move forward with the next part of his life."

Parrom, Arizona's fourth-leading scorer last season with an average of 8.3 points, played in 110 games for the Wildcats over his four-year career. He played in only 17 games as a freshman in 2009-10 because of foot injuries and in only 20 as a junior in 2011-12 because of a gunshot wound and a broken foot.

Arizona was expected to submit an appeal that would have included all the adversity he has faced over his career.

Arizona could also have argued that Parrom would have been redshirted in 2011-12 if not for mental health concerns. Miller has said Parrom was not redshirted that season in part because keeping him in his normal playing routine was important after he was shot and lost both his grandmother and mother to cancer in 2011.

Parrom was shot in September 2011 when he returned home to the Bronx in New York to visit his terminally ill mother for the last time. Jason Gonzalez was sentenced to six years in prison for the attempted murder of Parrom.

Parrom wound up missing only two regular-season games after he was shot, although he broke a bone in his right foot later in the season.

The timing of the waiver process would have been awkward, since senior players typically use April to find an agent and begin preparing for professional basketball - and Parrom would have had to wait at least several weeks to get an answer.

But in the end, Byrne said Parrom decided he wanted to move on, anyway.

"I think he just decided," Byrne said. "We met last week and had a talk about life and what's the next step, although at that point he had not decided."

Parrom, known as "T-Loc" (Tucson local) for rarely leaving town outside of basketball since being shot, said on Twitter that he would stick around the rest of the spring.

"I will still be in Tucson working out & finishing strong in class so I can graduate in May for my mother & grandma," Parrom said on Twitter. "I love Tucson lol."

Rim shots

• During the first game of Portsmouth Invitational play Wednesday, Mark Lyons faced off against another former UA guard, MoMo Jones, and both had similar statistics. Lyons shot 2 of 10 from the field for five points, two assists and three turnovers with four steals. Jones, who played at Iona the past two seasons, was 2 of 11 for eight points, with three assists and two turnovers.

• UA was put at No. 3 in Sporting News' early 2013-14 rankings.