Parrom's return quiet, but great news for Wildcats

2009-12-26T00:00:00Z Parrom's return quiet, but great news for Wildcats Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 26, 2009 12:00 am  • 

In six minutes against North Carolina State, Kevin Parrom missed his only two field goal attempts and otherwise put zeros on his box score line.

Yet Arizona coach Sean Miller couldn't be a whole lot happier.

Parrom's appearance Wednesday wasn't about production so much as it was getting a key reserve player back on the floor after a foot stress fracture sidelined him since Nov. 10.

"I was just happy to see Kevin," Miller said. "It was the first time he's ever played a college game. He gives us another wing player who can defend, gives us that added depth, that shot in the arm that every team looks for."

Parrom was the first player off the bench Nov. 10 against Western New Mexico before he went down with what was originally termed a sprained foot. UA then announced during its season opener Nov. 15 that he suffered a stress fracture that would keep him out four to six weeks.

Parrom was not made available for comment after Wednesday's game, nor during UA's two-day holiday break, but he took the injury in stride when discussing it Nov. 15.

"It's frustrating right now, but I'll be all right," Parrom said then. "Things happen for a reason."

He wound up making it back on Dec. 23, just a day before the six-week mark.

"We had a chance to play him either (Wednesday) or not, but we were really counting on the BYU game," Miller said. "For him to get his feet wet was probably a good thing."

Parrom is expected to eventually resume being one of the Wildcats' top seven or eight players. Miller said his role would increase after UA's two-day holiday break and that he "can be a real key contributor" in Pac-10 play.

A tough-minded wing from Bronx, N.Y., who is equally comfortable shooting or working around the basket, the 6-foot-6-inch Parrom averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in Arizona's two exhibition games.

"It was a big lift having Kevin back," UA guard Nic Wise said. "He doesn't really have to come in and score 10 points. It's just having another 6-6, long wing player who rebounds and plays hard on defense."

Parrom's return means Miller has a full complement of at least 10 players he can use comfortably, especially now that he's also starting to receive more help from center Alex Jacobson, who was 4 for 4 from the field over 20 combined minutes against Lipscomb and North Carolina State.

"Hopefully, when I get back we'll be even stronger," Parrom said last month.

With 12-1 BYU visiting McKale Center on Monday, then a Pac-10 road swing to USC and UCLA, the Wildcats will find out soon if they are.

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