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Arizona men's basketball: Parrom thrives as sixth man

Senior's sixth sense off bench (clutch play) is 'huge reason' Cats 12-0
2013-01-02T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:23:22Z Arizona men's basketball: Parrom thrives as sixth manBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When asked what it's like to come off the bench as a senior, Kevin Parrom peered over a nearby Arizona Wildcats stat sheet.

"Let me read the average," Parrom said Tuesday of his playing time. "I really don't look into it. I'm looking into it now because you're making me look."

Parrom discovered that the minutes' column next to his name read "21.5" - essentially a starter's minutes.

Then there was a set of two numbers at the top of the team stat sheet.

Those are the ones Parrom says he cares about the most.

"We're 12-0, so I have nothing to complain about," he said. "I'm in the game when it counts. I could care less about starting, as long as I'm in when it counts. As long as I'm contributing that's all that matters."

There's no doubt Parrom is contributing. While the ubiquitous Nick Johnson, box score-filler Solomon Hill and pressure shooter Mark Lyons have received most of the attention during the No. 3 Wildcats' 12-0 nonconference run, Parrom leads the Wildcats in three-point percentage (47.1), is the team's fourth-leading rebounder (4.9) at 6 feet 6 inches and has the team's best assists-turnover ratio (1.7-to-1).

Moreover, as Parrom wishes, he's in the game when it counts. He was on the floor for the final minutes of the Wildcats' one-point wins over Florida and San Diego State, making a difference both times.

Parrom made a pair of critical free throws with 56 seconds left against the Gators and secured the ball in the final second after Johnson blocked away a potential game-winning layup by San Diego State's Chase Tapley.

"He's been amazing for us this year, coming off the bench," Johnson said about Parrom. "He's instant offense with his shooting ability, and he crashes the glass like (no other) 6-4, 6-5, 6-6 guard. He definitely provides a spark off the bench, getting rebounds, defending and scoring. So, yeah, it's been huge for us."

Even though Parrom is a different player than former UA guard Jason Terry, who served in a sixth-man role for the 1997 national champions, the comparison has been drawn.

Parrom is flattered by it.

"Heard a lot about that guy," Parrom said. "It's good to be in that category. A sixth man doesn't really have to worry about starting. I mean, I think I can start, but I think it's best for me to be a spark off the bench."

Parrom, however, has had a bit different career progression than Terry did at UA. While Terry was a sixth man as a sophomore and junior, he became a star - and an NBA lottery pick - as a senior in 1998-99.

Parrom, meanwhile, all but lost his junior season, when he was shot in the leg before practices started and broke his foot during conference play. He is just now improving on a sixth-man season as a sophomore in 2010-11, with his numbers up slightly from that season.

"You were able to watch Kevin (last season), but no one realized he was about 50 percent of what he was," Miller said.

"If Kevin would have been a year ago anywhere near where he is physically and mentally today, we probably would have won three or four more games than we did. We were playing with someone who was just a mirror image of himself."

This season, "his play in Hawaii and some of the other big plays that he made are a huge reason why we're undefeated right now," Miller said.

And a huge reason there are those two numbers on top of that stat sheet Parrom loved to recite Tuesday.

"We're 12-0 right now," Parrom said. "We're winning, and I think we all get credit, some type of stardom to it, so I don't get too involved in starting or being sixth man or whatever.

"I just want to win, and I think everything else will take care of itself."

Rim shots

• Kameron Rooks, a center for Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Calif., said Tuesday on Twitter that he has committed to California. The 7-foot center and son of former Wildcat Sean Rooks had attracted offers from Arizona, Washington, ASU, UC Irvine and others.

• Miller said the Wildcats were fine after returning from a three-day break to resume practices Sunday in preparation for their Pac-12 opener Thursday against Colorado. "All the guys made it back from the holiday," Miller said. "Some went home and some didn't get the opportunity to go home, which is unfortunate, but that's part of going to Hawaii."

On StarNet: Find out what fans asked during Monday's chat with Bruce Pascoe at live.azstarnet.com

The Parrom file

Kevin Parrom's 2012-13 nonconference statistics

FG% 53.5

3P% 47.1

FT% 88.2

Points per game 8.9

Rebounds per game 4.9

Assists per game 2.2

Turnovers per game 1.3

Steals per game 0.5

Minutes per game 21.5

Up next

• Who: Colorado at No. 3 Arizona

• When: 6 p.m. Thursday

• TV: ESPNU

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

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Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
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