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Though Kevin Parrom has only started 12 of his 55 career collegiate games, he is still one of Arizona’s most experienced players heading into the 2011-12 season. Parrom logged the fifth most minutes played on last year’s 30-8 Elite Eight team and gave Arizona a rare combination of versatility, toughness, and efficiency on the wing.
Known as a do-it-all forward with no aversion to physical play as a freshman, Parrom took his game to the next level during his sophomore year by becoming a legitimate offensive threat. Parrom’s offensive efficiency sky rocketed in 2010-11, ending the year shooting better than 50% from the field and 40% from beyond the three point line. After making such drastic improvements in his offensive game, coach Sean Miller did not hesitate to name Parrom the most improved player last season.
Parrom has also proven to be a skilled defender, as he often defended opponents’ best wing player last year. At 6’6 Parrom has the height and mobility to defend the best perimeter players in the Pac-12, and will once again be relied upon for his ability to be a shut down defender.
Like many of his teammates, Parrom spent most of his summer on campus in Tucson working out on the court and in the weight room. As a result Parrom added 15-20 pounds of muscle to his frame, which should make him a more efficient finisher and more durable over the long haul. Added strength will also give Parrom more opportunities to draw fouls and get to the free throw line, an area of his game that was lacking last year.
Over the past season, Parrom transformed himself from a raw utility forward into a wing with solid guard skills. He possess great court vision and a willingness to pass, and is especially effective on the fast break as both the finisher or the assist man. Already an adept ball handler, Parrom has a rare ability to create for himself and others, making him an important part of the Wildcats offense in the coming season.
Many people close to the program feel that Parrom’s development has continued on its upward trajectory and that he is set up for a career year. Given Arizona’s depth on the perimeter, Parrom may not be in the starting lineup but he will certainly be one of Arizona’s key players in 2011-12.
With Derrick Williams no longer patrolling the paint for the Wildcats, Parrom projects to be one of the returning players best suited to pick up the slack in the rebounding department. Always a rugged player, Parrom has never shied away from physicality on the boards. And with Arizona’s lack of proven post players, he could be one of the best rebounders on the team, especially on the offensive glass.
By all accounts, Parrom is the most vocal leader on the team. Whether he’s in the huddle, the locker room, or making plays on the court, Parrom’s energy is infectious. With Arizona’s influx of young players, Parrom figures to be one of the emotional leaders of the team.
As one of three upperclassmen with significant playing time under their belts, Kyle Fogg, Solomon Hill, and Kevin Parrom should be the three headed monster that carries Arizona through most games. Though Fogg and Hill are more likely to start, Parrom will play just as many minutes if he is used as a reserve, and will certainly be one of the team’s leading scorers. Look for Parrom to put up great all around numbers and stuff the stat sheet with rebounds and assists on a regular basis.