The timeout came with about eight seconds left in a basketball camp game at the Lohse YMCA, and coach Kevin Parrom was frantically looking around for something to write on.
He grabbed my notebook and pen, then scratched out a play for his team to run. The play failed and so did the rebound, disappointing Parrom twice.
“Like coach (Sean) Miller always says, it’s about the play after the play,” Parrom said.
Oh well. Not that Parrom wasn’t having a good time at MoMo Jones’ skills camp over the weekend. He said it was almost “too much fun,” a chance to keep involved with the game on a different level while he awaits a second season of pro basketball.
“It’s been a great experience,” Parrom said. “Maybe 12 or 15 years from now I can be a head coach. It’s a great chance to be around these kids.”
Parrom is again basing himself in Tucson during the summer, hoping to join an NBA summer-league team or get a suitable offer overseas after spending last season with Rio Grande Valley of the D-League.
Jones said he’s also waiting to see what his next step is, having played in Japan and Qatar last season after leaving Iona.
“At this point, I’m doing what I love to do,” Jones said. “It’s not about the draft, it’s about the process. Right now the process is staying in shape and being healthy and not cheating the process.”
Former UA guard and assistant coach Reggie Geary also spoke to the campers at Jones’ camp – even though Jones dropped 40 points on his Chiba Jets last season in Japan.
Geary moved up last season from Japan’s b-j league to the NBL, and joined an expansion team, which suffered an early 20-game losing streak before rebounding. The Jets finished 18-36, pulling into a tie for fifth place in the NBL’s Eastern Division.
“I’m more proud than anything of the fact that we were able to weather the storm,” Geary said. “By the end of the year, we were playing some of the best basketball in the league.”
Geary said he has a contract to return to the Jets next season but is also keeping an eye out for opportunities in the U.S. He and his family have been living in Tucson during offseasons.
We'll see if Canada can at least give USA Basketball's dominant U18 team a game tonight in the finals of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs.
With a team-high 15 points from UA's Stanley Johnson, USA beat the Dominican Republic to reach tonight's final, which will be streamed live at 4:30 on fibaamericas.com (in Spanish).
Coaches Billy Donovan, Sean Miller and Ed Cooley have not let up while leading a talented 12-man team during its first four games of the tournament.
ESPN's Chad Ford put together a full 60-man mock draft that doesn't include Nick Johnson at all (Thanks to Jeff for the heads up). Ford has Aaron Gordon going to Utah at No. 5.
USC is going to offer four-year scholarships, which may mean something in theory, at least. Scholarships are technically required to be only year-to-year but no coach can afford the recruiting backlash of publicly terminating them.
ICYMI, we had a look at the support system around Aaron Gordon as he nears his NBA career.