Arizona forward Kevin Parrom was shot during a trip home to Bronx, N.Y., this weekend, but told his former travel-team coach he is fine.

Gary Charles, who had Parrom on the New York Panthers team, told the Star tonight that Parrom was meeting with his family tonight and did not go into detail, but assured Charles not to worry.

"He said, `Don't worry. I'm OK. I can walk. I'm good,' " Charles said. "That was good enough for me."

Charles said he didn't know the extent of the injury nor whether it could impact him on the basketball floor but said: "I can tell you this: His voice sounded like regular. It wasn't like, `Oh, coach, my god, I can't believe this.' "

Zagsblog and of New York quoted an anonymous New York police spokesperson saying that Parrom was shot in the leg early Saturday morning over a dispute involving a woman.

While the Twitter pages of current UA players made no mention of the incident, former UA guard Nic Wise asked followers Saturday "to pray for my man Kevin Parrom too. He going thru it."

Parrom's Twitter page noted entering the weekend that he was going home to support his mother, though he did not say why.

Arizona issued statements from AD Greg Byrne and coach Sean Miller. While Miller indicated Parrom could return, neither gave any indication about the extent of Parrom's injury.

"We are aware that Kevin Parrom went home this weekend to visit his mother, who is in the hospital," Byrne said. "While in New York City, he was the victim of a shooting. Rest assured, Kevin's well being is our primary concern."

Miller said: "I have been in contact with Kevin and his family throughout the weekend and look forward to his return to Tucson and being back in class this week. Our focus is on Kevin's health right now. Once we have more information, we'll be able to address his potential return to team activities."



Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball