Sixth Man of the Year: Kevin Parrom

Posted on February 7, 2011 by

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Courtesy of KVOA

 

It seems about that time in the season to start the chatter surrounding who the Wildcats’ Sixth Man of the Year might be.

The Case For Parrom:

 

Kevin Parrom. He averages 7.5 points, 2.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds and does it all in under 20 minutes per game. Additionally, he shoots a modest 42% from behind the arch and 53% from the field. If that contribution doesn’t do it for you, read on.

After last Saturday’s triple overtime, heart attack inducing thriller, Kevin Parrom has pulled away from the rest of the pack. Parrom dropped a career-high 25 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals against Cal in that game. He has undoubtedly shown glimpses of greatness throughout the season and set himself apart from other members of the team that come off the bench. True, the Wildcats do have a such an almost invisible discrepancy between those who start and those who don’t, it is tough to nitpick things. To deem these players as “off-the-bench” players is merely a matter of fact, not a statement on quality of contribution or talent, as Parrom serves evident of. Parrom has consistently come in and played with an intensity and high basketball IQ that has set him apart. He is the one of the four Wildcats to break the 20 point mark this season, all three others are starters. Additionally, he is one of three Wildcats to break that mark in multiple games this season, the other two being the All-American Candidate Derrick Williams and point guard MoMo Jones.

During Saturday’s game at Cal, Parrom showed his range and poise by hitting critical three-pointers. He put on a clinic in versatility. Quick first steps with great footwork in the post showed his ability to maneuver and score down there against players out-weighing him and out-sizing him. Sometimes it takes a little while to find a groove at the collegiate level for some players. Having last season somewhat hampered due to injury, this season is much like a freshman year for Parrom. His potential has only begun to be shown as Miller gives him more and more opportunity on the court.

Parrom’s ascension into one of the dependable and capable players for the Wildcats has been steady and seemingly under the radar. Now that he is on the scene in a big way after that Cal game, Arizona fans can sit a little easier when we look forward to their hopeful NCAA Tournament birth, as well as our future. Look for Parrom to have a bigger role down the stretch of the season and make an even bigger splash in years to come.

There is still a good chunk of season to play and only time will tell if Parrom holds the edge he clearly displayed on Saturday. Make us believers Kevin!

– Commissioner Quillin

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