Arizona Media Day: Kevin Parrom
PointGuardU Staff Few players have had to deal with as much during their college career as Kevin Parrom. But for Parrom, this season isn't about the negatives of the past, it's about what positives the future may hold.
Further, Parrom stayed in Tucson all summer and worked on his game.
“I was just so focused. There was no need to go home,” Parrom said. “I just wanted to stay here and get back to where I was.”
“I had to stay active to get through what I was going through. I felt like I needed to play basketball and continue what I did best.”
Parrom has looked good in practice sessions, and appears ready to start the season healthy. For many Arizona fans, that will be a site for sore eyes when they get their first glimpse of Parrom during the Red-Blue Game on October 21st.
With a healthy Parrom, there's no telling what could have happened last season. But as any of the players will tell you, the past is the past and the focus is squarely on the quickly approaching season.
“I’m 100 percent,” the senior wing said at Arizona Wildcats basketball media day Wednesday.
While it's uncertain whether Parrom will start or come off the bench, he will be utilized heavily for his shooting and senior leadership. It's likely that he'll see most of his time at shooting guard, but may slide over to small forward to spell Solomon Hill.
Along with Hill and Mark Lyons, Parrom forms a senior trio that projects to be the driving force behind the Wildcats' perimeter game. Parrom will have plenty of opportunities to launch threes and stretch the defense, and his perimeter shooting may be one of the story lines to track all season long.
Parrom figures to play an important role on the defensive side of the ball as well. Voted as the best defender on the team two seasons ago, Parrom could be Arizona's perimeter stopper and the man that draws the toughest matchup every game.
No matter what happens with Parrom this season, one thing is for sure -- it's good to have him back.
“My No. 1 goal is to just stay healthy for the entire season,” he said. “I know if I stay healthy, everything is going to take care of itself.”