Arizona’s Parrom doubtful for this week’s gamesby Anthony Gimino on Mar. 02, 2010, under Sports
Arizona freshman forward Kevin Parrom likely is out for the final regular-season games of the season, Thursday against UCLA and Saturday against USC.
Coach Sean Miller, on Tuesday morning’s Pac-10 coaches teleconference with reporters, said Parrom is “probably going to miss the ending.” Miller added: “But as you can tell, he’s going to be a pivotal part of our future.”
Miller, in his Tuesday afternoon meeting with local reporters at his weekly news conference, said: “I don’t see Kevin returning. He could surprise us, and maybe his improvement would allow him to be part of the Pac-10 tournament. But doubtful for this weekend at best.”
Parrom missed the first 10 games with a stress fracture in his left foot. He missed last week’s road trip to the Bay Area with pain in a different part of the foot.
“He doesn’t have a fracture. He just has an issue with his foot,” Miller said. “We’re cautious in dealing with him, making sure we don’t put himself in a position to hurt himself further.”
Parrom, who had moved into a starting role for the nine games before his most recent injury, is averaging 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. Beyond the numbers, Miller has praised the toughness he brings to the court for the Wildcats … as well as the extra size he brings on the perimeter, and better rebounding and defense.
“He’s important to our team; he really is,” Miller said. “I’m disappointed for him he can’t finish off what he started.”