Arizona basketball: Redshirt unlikely as Parrom progresses

Junior forward might be back for Wildcats' 2 games in New York
2011-10-23T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T10:19:13Z Arizona basketball: Redshirt unlikely as Parrom progressesBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 23, 2011 12:00 am  • 

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."

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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 11 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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