BERKELEY, Calif. - Arizona freshman forward Kevin Parrom missed Thursday's game because of pain in his left foot, Arizona coach Sean Miller said Thursday.
Miller said Parrom, who already missed 10 games at the start of the season with a stress fracture in the same foot, experienced the pain leading up to Sunday's UA-ASU contest, then experienced more during the game.
He did not make the trip to the Bay Area, will sit out Saturday at Stanford, and is questionable for UA's final regular-season games next week against UCLA and USC, Miller said.
"We put him in a boot and did not take him to the Bay Area, because we want him to stay home and get treatment," Miller said.
"Hopefully, we'll get him back for the UCLA and USC games, and if not, we'll just try to get him back for the Pac-10 tournament."
Miller started freshman forward Solomon Hill in place of Parrom against California, and played wing Brendon Lavender for eight minutes in the first half.
Miller said Parrom's absence had nothing to do with his contact with ASU's Derek Glasser after Sunday's game.
Miller immediately ordered Parrom to the locker room while both teams shook hands. Miller has said he spoke with Parrom about the incident and that it was handled "in house."
UA officials said Parrom's medical tests have been negative, and that the pain is in a different area of the foot than his stress fracture was.
But Miller and team spokesman Richard Paige said medical staffers decided it was best to tread carefully.
"In situations like this, they're going to shut him down until the pain goes away and he can be re-evaluated," Paige said.
"It's more a precautionary thing than anything. The reason why they're being more sensitive is because of the stress fracture earlier this season, and to make sure it's not a recurrence."
Parrom, a 6-foot-6-inch freshman from Bronx, N.Y., returned from his stress fracture on Dec. 23 against North Carolina State, and started the Wildcats' previous nine games.
Olson award created
Kentucky freshman John Wall might be named to some national player-of-the-year awards, but not to a new one in the name of former UA coach Lute Olson.
CollegeInsider.com has decided to name its college basketball player of the year after Olson, Web site co-founder Joe Dwyer said, and it will be consistent with Olson's recruiting philosophy against "one-and-done" prospects by not being open to college freshmen.
"He didn't want freshmen to be eligible," Dwyer said. "He wanted somebody who's made a contribution for at least a couple of years."
CollegeInsider.com is a college basketball-oriented Web site with ties to the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and runs the midmajor-oriented CollegeInsider.com tournament in the postseason.
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