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Parrom finds flow in Rio Grande Valley

2014-04-24T00:00:00Z 2014-04-29T13:20:22Z Parrom finds flow in Rio Grande ValleyBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

In many ways, Kevin Parrom’s rookie year in pro basketball was more of the same.

The former Arizona Wildcats wing brought energy off the bench for Rio Grande Valley of the NBA Development League, playing 22.2 minutes per game while averaging 10 points and 4.3 rebounds.

“I was basically a sixth man again,” he said. “I kind of did the same thing I did at Arizona.”

Things only looked different if he looked in the stands, where crowds sometimes number in the small four figures.

“Coming from Arizona, nothing’s as good as that,” Parrom said. “It’s always a letdown. It was better than I expected, but I miss the (UA) fans.”

He also missed his girlfriend, Ericka Terrell, a UA grad who is enrolled in a nursing program at Pima College. So, even though he’s a native New Yorker with pro experience in South Texas and an eye on Europe for next season, there’s no doubt where Parrom will spend the bulk of his offseason.

In Tucson. After all, Parrom has a nickname to live up to, being called “T-Loc” (Tucson Local) for spending so much time in town during his four years with the Wildcats. Part of that, of course, stems from how Parrom bonded with locals after he was shot in the leg and his mother died in 2011.

“They made me feel at home,” Parrom said.

That wasn’t the case during Parrom’s first stop in pro ball, when he was cut in October after just one game by a struggling team in Ukraine.

“We weren’t winning, and over there if you’re not winning at the pace they want … they let a lot of guys go, including myself,” Parrom said. “I learned you really can’t (just) take any job overseas. But I don’t regret anything. It was a good experience for me.”

The move turned out to be a blessing. Parrom not only left before Ukraine’s political unrest but also landed in a more stable situation with Rio Grande Valley, which chose him in the second round of the D-League draft.

“It was better than I expected,” Parrom said. “Coming back from the Ukraine situation, I didn’t know what I was going to do. I figured I’d just enter my name in the D-League draft and see how it goes. I played some good minutes, and it was good overall for me.”

Parrom is hoping his performance and the fact that he made it through a second straight season free of injury, after the gunshot wound and foot issues dampened his UA career are enough to earn him a better situation next season in Europe.

But for now, that’s not in the front of his mind. Nor is a visit to New York to see family late next month. What is: A stay in his adopted hometown.

“Right now, I’m going to relax a bit in Tucson,” Parrom said. “Just working out and relaxing.”

Here’s a look at how Parrom and other former Wildcats in pro leagues outside the NBA fared this season:

HASSAN ADAMS

Years at UA: 2002-03 to 2005-06

Venezuela (Guaros): Four games, 2.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg

Notable: Entering his third season in Venezuela, Adams’ told La Prensa of Lara, Venezuela, in February that he liked the idea of becoming a Venezuelan after his team suggested it.

DANIEL DILLON

Years at UA: 2004-05 to 2007-08

Romania (Oradea): 26 games, 12.4 ppg, 4.2 apg, 31 percent 3FG

Notable: Native Australian played for four clubs in his home country before moving to Europe.

KYLE FOGG

Years at UA: 2008-09 to 2011-12

Finland (Lapua): 29 games, 27.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.6 apg

Notable: Fogg was a hit in Finland after spending 2012-13 in the NBA’s D-League, tweeting that he “grew on and off the court” during his first year overseas.

JAMELLE HORNE

Years at UA: 2007-08 to 2010-11

Puerto Rico (Mayaguez): 10 games, 7.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg.

Notable: Now citing Panamanian nationality, Horne also played 20 games in Mexico (11.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg)

ALEX JACOBSON

Years at UA: 2008-09 to 2011-12

Uruguay (Montevideo): Three games, (3.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

Notable: “Tree” also played eight games in Canada (2.7 ppg)

GRANT JERRETT

Year at UA: 2012-13

D-League (Tulsa 66ers): 27 games, 15.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg,

36.4 percent 3FG

Notable: Missed most of January with injury but was called up to Oklahoma City on April 7.

ZANE JOHNSON

Years at UA: 2007-08 to 2008-09

Canada (London): 19 games, 9.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 38.6 pct. 3FG

Notable: After finishing college career at Hawaii and playing professionally in Japan, had two-game stint in the D-League before finishing season in Canada.

MOMO JONES

Years at UA: 2009-10 to 2010-11

Japan (Kumamoto): 30 games, 23.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 5.1 apg

Notable: Finished college career at Iona.

MARK LYONS

Year at UA: 2012-13

Croatia (Zadar): 13 games, 14.9 ppg, 3.5 apg, 37.5 pct. 3FG

Notable: Was released from French team in January (citing visa troubles) after averaging 10.1 ppg over 14 games. Signed with Croatian team in February.

KYRYL NATYAZHKO

Years at UA: 2009-10 to 2011-12

Ukraine (Azovmash): 44 games, 9.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Notable: Said on Twitter that he’s steered clear of the Ukraine unrest: “The situation is OK here in Mariupol, Ukraine, for all my friends who was hitting me up and praying thank you!”

KEVIN PARROM

Years at UA: 2009-10 to 2012-13

D-League (Rio Grande Valley): 46 games, 10.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg

Notable: Started season in Ukraine but was quickly released and entered D-League draft.

JESSE PERRY

Years at UA: 2010-11 to 2011-12

Finland (Lapua): 24 games, 18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Notable: Also played four games in Lithuania (5.8 ppg) before joining Kyle Fogg in Finland.

J.P. PRINCE

Years at UA: 2005-06 to December 2006

Poland (PGE Turow): 48 games, 15.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Notable: Since finishing college career at Tennessee, Prince has played in five countries and went to camp with the Cavaliers in 2011-12.

IVAN RADENOVIC

Years at UA: 2003-04 to 2006-07

Serbia (Crvena Zvezda): 45 games, 6.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Notable: After playing in Spain, Greece, Russia and Ukraine following a summer-league stint with the Clippers in 2007, Radenovic went home to Belgrade to

play for Crvena Zvezda (Red Star).

MUSTAFA SHAKUR

Years at UA: 2003-04 to 2006-07

D-League (Erie and Tulsa): 40 games, 17.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg , 6.2 apg

Notable: Played 17 games in Erie and 23 in Tulsa in the D-League, earning a 10-day contract with Oklahoma City in March.

JOSIAH TURNER

Year at UA: 2011-12

D-League (Los Angeles): 37 games, 11.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg , 4.3 apg

Notable: Turner’s rocky start in pro ball in 2012-13, through Hungary and Eastern Canada while dealing with a DUI case in Pima County, turned upward this season in the D-League.

JESUS VERDEJO

Years at UA: 2004-05 to December 2005

Puerto Rico: 4 games, 3.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Notable: After finishing his college career at South Florida in 2009, Verdejo has played in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

MARCUS WILLIAMS

Years at UA: 2005-06 to 2006-07

China (Shanxi Zhongyu): 32 games, 28.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.7 apg

Notable: Bounced back from a six-month suspension in 2012-13 for testing positive for marijuana.

NIC WISE

Years at UA: 2006-07 to 2009-10

Turkey (Akhisar Belediye): 28 games, 20.0 ppg, 6.3 apg, 43.8 pct. 3FG

Notable: Wise landed in Izmir, Turkey, this season, his fifth country in four seasons.

LOREN WOODS

Years at UA: 1999-2000 to 2000-01

Lebanon (Al Riyadi): 15 games, 11.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg

Notable: The naturalized Lebanese citizen, who also plays for Lebanon’s national team, was suspended three games and fined $1,600 for fighting during a game.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

1998-99 to 2000-01

Turkey (Mersin): 27 games, 15.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Notable: Has spent most of his pro career in Turkey, where he now carries the name of Ali Karadeniz and has passports from both the U.S. and Turkey.

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