Better Know a Potential Wildcat: SF Kevin Parrom

Parrom is a 4 star recruit who signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Xavier. After Sean Miller accepted the head coaching job at Arizona, Parrom requested that he be released from the school so that he could reopen his recruitment. Since reopening his recruitment he has become a hot commodity amongst many Division I schools, but it is speculated that Arizona could be one of the top possibilities for Parrom.

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By the Numbers:

 

Kevin Parrom
Position: SF/PF Height: 6'5"
High School: South Kent School Weight: 185
Class: 2009 Scout.com Pos. Rank: #19
Stars: 4 Star Recruit
Hometown: Bronx, NY

 

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Strengths:

Parrom has very good athleticism and quickness, which allows him to get to the rim almost at wool. Once at the tin, Parrom uses his decent amount of strength and very good body control to take contact in the paint, adjust in the air, and still finish off lay-ups. He excels in the open court when he has the chance to build up a head of steam and drive to the rim for athletic finishes. He uses floaters and angles very well to finish off a number of plays around the hoop. He does a good job of playing passing lanes for steals which creates more fast breaks for his team. (ESPN.com - Feburary 2009)

Weaknesses:

Parrom could become an even better penetrator if he improves his ball-handling skills and gets rid of his tendency to over-dribble. He could also benefit from adding a mid-range pull-up jumper to his offensive game. Parrom also needs to improve his consistency from the perimeter. (ESPN.com - Feburary 2009)

The biggest controversy swirling around Parrom is an altercation that occurred between he and his coach in high school prior to attending South Kent. Here's a news story that was released when the altercation occurred:

 

Kevin Parrom's career at St. Raymond's High School is over and his immediate future is uncertain.

This much is clear: the 6-foot-5 Parrom will not attend a public school for his senior season and will likely go to one of the Catholic or prep schools in New Jersey or New York.

"He's not going to go to public school," said Gary Charles, Parrom's AAU coach with the New York Panthers. "At this point, any school within the area is an option. We haven't really sat down to discuss it."

Parrom, ranked No. 141 in the Rivals 150 for the Class of 2009, was kicked out of the Bronx school after an altercation Tuesday with St. Ray's coach Oliver Antigua in which he ended up hitting Antigua in the face and then being arrested.

"Who's kidding who?" he said. "His offers are not going to go away."

Parrom scored 14.5 ppg this season and is being recruited by several Big East schools, including Rutgers and St.  John's. Charles said he did not think those offers would evaporate.

"Having gotten to know Kevin in this short couple of months, he's not that type of kid," Charles said. "I've been in plenty of locker rooms where a helluva lot worse happened in the locker room."

Charles maintains the incident was out of character for Parrom.

Charles said the disagreement stemmed from a discussion about the team in general, not specifically about which AAU program Parrom would play for, as some have reported. Parrom plays for the Panthers.

"They were just having a disagreement about different things," Charles said. "The whole team was there. Oliver was upset with him. It was just normal stuff that coaches and players go through. Oliver said something to him and Kevin said something under his breath.

"Then Oliver said, 'Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me?'"

That led to a fight and Charles said Parrom "swung his arm, just to get (Antigua) off of him. That's when he hit him."

Charles said someone in the school other than Antigua "made them call the cops."

Parrom was arrested and Charles thought there still might be a way to resolve the matter a day later, but he realized that Parrom was done with the school after speaking with him Wednesday.

"When I talked to the kid (Wednesday), that's when I realized that the kid was not going back to St. Ray's, but we did not discuss the school situation," Charles said.

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