The Arizona Wildcats are 12-0 and feeling the Aloha after their trip to Honolulu over the Christmas Holiday. The Cats defeated East Tennessee State, Miami and San Diego St. to win the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
In a tournament environment (multiple games in a few days) a team often needs production from their bench to be successful. It’s usually too much to ask one or two key guys to put the team on their shoulders for three games in four days and the Wildcats knew this going in and played team basketball to pull out the title.
“One of the things that our team has shown through 12 games is we’re resilient. We have a good heart. We really care and we play the game hard,” said Sean Miller after the tournament. “And to win a tournament, you have to get contributions from a lot of guys and that’s the other thing about our team, we have a number of different players who can step up.”
My Stamp of Approval for the Diamond Head Classic goes to a guy that steps up when he is called upon, shows true grit and lots of heart and helped his team win this tournament with his solid play and determination. He managed to do all this coming off of the bench My SOA goes to Kevin Parrom. He is such a fighter and I truly believe that he would be a starter on any other team in the country.
In the East Tennessee State game, Parrom led the team in minutes played, quite a feat for a bench player and he scored 7 points and added 5 rebounds. He posted another well-rounded stat line against Miami a day later with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. He saved his best performance for last, when the team needed him most. In a one-point victory over San Diego State in the championship game, Parrom scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes of action. His defense, passion and intensity gave the Cats a boost in all three of these games. He truly is the definition of HEART!