Kevin Parrom (3) joins teammates Josiah Turner (11), Max Wiepking (52) and Robert Arvizu on the bench during the slam dunk contest. Parrom was greeted warmly before the game by the 14,601 fans at McKale Center.


Arizona junior forward Kevin Parrom has an outside chance of returning home to New York again next month - and playing basketball for the Wildcats this time.

Parrom, who is recovering from a gunshot wound in his right leg suffered Sept. 24 at his father's home in the Bronx, went through some pregame warmups before Saturday's Red-Blue Game.

Although Parrom did not play in the scrimmage, Miller indicated he could return as early as mid-November, "hopefully between our fourth game, fifth or sixth." The Wildcats are scheduled to play their fourth and fifth games at the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden on Nov.17 and 18.

"At one point we talked about redshirting him, but that's looking less and less likely because he continues to make weekly progress," Miller said. "We don't anticipate him being ready for the beginning of the season, but we do anticipate him joining us down the road. That could be as early as mid November, late November, early December, and if we go past mid-December, he would have to take a major step back."

Miller said Parrom has been participating only in shooting drills with the Wildcats in practice so far while continuing to rehabilitate. Parrom initially had no feeling below his right knee, and he still has a combination of nerve, tissue and muscle damage.

"Some of it is out of his control, just returning feeling," Miller said. "And some of it is really in his control, trying to strengthen where he's at."

Parrom was greeted warmly before the game by the 14,601 fans at McKale Center, and although he was unavailable for comment afterward, Miller indicated it made a difference. Parrom is also coping with the death of his mother, Lisa Williams, to cancer last week.

"I'm sure it meant a lot," Miller said. "He's leaving (today) for his mother's funeral, which is hard on anybody but especially with what he's been going through. He's going to be in New York through Wednesday and moving on, hopefully, to brighter and better things."