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Arizona coach Sean Miller: Kevin Parrom ‘fortunate to be alive’

Arizona's Kevin Parrom tries to block a shot by Wesley Witherspoon of Memphis in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

A statement this afternoon from Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller on junior wing Kevin Parrom, who was shot in the leg Saturday morning while home in the Bronx:

“Kevin Parrom returned to Tucson last night. He will return to classes this week and also begin his rehabilitation process. We will know a lot more about his return to basketball activities in a month. At this time our focus is to provide him a comprehensive support system to allow him to progress to his full potential. Kevin, first and foremost, is fortunate to be alive.”

Parrom hasn’t lost his sense of humor. Responding to a well-wishing tweet from former Washington guard Isaiah Thomas, Parrom wrote:

“@Isaiah_Thomas2 thanks for the love. Idk what hurts more your shot that went in at the end of the game or the 1 i got this weekend smh lol”

Parrom was referring to Thomas’ game-winning shot in the final of the Pac-10 Tournament.

When leaving New York on Monday, Parrom tweeted: “Flight To Phx … I thank the lord that im here”

Parrom, a 6-foot-6 wing, averaged 7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds last season, averaging 20.1 minutes per game, mostly as a reserve. He shot 50.8 percent from the field (100 of 197) and 41.8 percent from 3-point range (38 of 91).

Practice begins Oct. 15. Arizona will hold its Red-Blue game on Oct. 22. A pair of exhibitions — Oct. 27 vs. Seattle Pacific and Nov. 1 vs. Humboldt State — precede the season-opener at home against Valparaiso on Nov. 7.

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