Arizona basketball: Parrom is lucky to be alive, coach says

2011-09-28T00:02:00Z 2012-11-30T16:19:11Z Arizona basketball: Parrom is lucky to be alive, coach saysBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 28, 2011 12:02 am  • 

Arizona Wildcats forward Kevin Parrom will resume classes and begin rehabilitation this week after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg over the weekend.

UA coach Sean Miller said in a statement Tuesday that "Kevin, first and foremost, is fortunate to be alive," but did not specify what Parrom's injury was nor how severe it appeared, noting the UA would know much more in a month about his potential return to basketball.

A New York Police Department spokesman said Parrom was shot in the back of his right knee during a dispute at his home in the Bronx early Saturday morning.

Parrom was taken in stable condition to Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, then released before he returned to Tucson on Monday night. The UA did not say if he was evaluated Tuesday, though a string of emoticons with clasped hands were posted on Parrom's Twitter page early Tuesday afternoon.

Miller did confirm that Parrom returned to Tucson on Monday and indicated the UA is taking a careful approach to his recovery.

"He will return to classes this week and also begin his rehabilitation process," Miller said in his statement. "We will know a lot more about his return to basketball activities in a month. At this time, our focus is to provide him a comprehensive support system to allow him to progress to his full potential."

Because Arizona may be waiting to watch the progress of any swelling, nerve damage or other issues with Parrom's leg, it remains unknown when Parrom will join the Wildcats on the court.

Currently the Wildcats can practice as a team for up to two hours per week and full practices are scheduled to begin Oct. 14.

One thing does appear certain: Parrom seems grateful and even humorous despite his situation, at least according to his Twitter account.

Parrom posted thanks to fans for their support and personally thanked former Wildcat player and coach Miles Simon as well as former Washington guard Isaiah Thomas.

Parrom jokingly referred to Thomas' game-winning shot in the Pac-10 tournament final last season when he tweeted that he didn't know "what hurts more, your shot that went in at the end of the game or the one I got this weekend smh (shaking my head) lol."

Rim shot

• New Hampshire big man Kaleb Tarczewski, a top-10 prospect in the class of 2012, has rescheduled his official recruiting visits to Kansas (Oct. 14-15) and Arizona (Oct. 21-22). He was originally scheduled to visit both schools earlier this month.

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