This week, Kevin Parrom hired an agent to pursue a potential professional career in the NBA, effectively ending his heroic–this is no overstatement–career as an Arizona Wildcat.
Those who follow Arizona basketball even modestly are well aware of the trials and tribulations Parrom has gone through in his four years at Arizona. In one year, Parrom was shot, lost his mother, his grandmother and suffered a season ending injury. The gunshot to Parrom’s leg resulted in nerve damage that left many wondering whether Parrom would ever play basketball again. Through therapy and perseverance, Parrom found himself back on the court the following season. The death of two of Parrom’s dearest family members could have easily left many players at a loss, but it only made Parrom stronger. A season ending injury completely unrelated to the gunshot wound could have left Parrom hopeless, but he came back his senior year with a vengeance.
Having dealt with all of this, there was talk that Parrom could potentially file a grievance with the NCAA and apply for an extra year of eligibility. There was, however, also talk that such an application was a long shot and unlikely to succeed. I tend to agree that if the NCAA were to grant Parrom an extra year, this would have been a very rare exception to the overall rule.
Parrom’s best season was his senior year, where he averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds a game. However, his true asset as an Arizona Wildcat will not be seen on paper–Parrom will be best known for being the most aggressive and tenacious player on the court. The two moments Parrom will most be remembered for: 1. Hugging Sean Miller in his first game after returning from his gunshot wound and 2. Parrom’s foul against ASU’s Ty Abbot