Kevin Parrom Video Interviewby Brad Allis on Oct. 13, 2011, under Sports
It has obviously been a challenging few weeks for Arizona junior Kevin Parrom and the Arizona basketball program. Parrom was shot in the leg a few weeks ago and Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller had to deal with the incident as both a basketball coach and a surrogate father figure.
Miller addressed the incident during Arizona’s basketball media day.
“It’s hard. It’s consuming. You don’t think about practice, don’t think about things you normally would when one of our players has been shot. There’s not necessarily a manual you pull out. You really just try to be there and guide the process. In Kevin’s case, we’re fortunate he has such a great family behind him. The fact that he was able to get back here to Tucson as quickly as he did had no bearing on his health. It had a lot more to do with his family’s faith in what we do here. When Kevin is surrounded by his teammates and coaches, and is able go to class, be around the students of Arizona, be surrounded by community is when he is at his best. That allows him to have the best chance to be successful. It’s hard to leave home any time, but especially when your mom is sick, and she remains critically ill. We’re always trying to make sure he is in a good place not just physically as he makes his comeback but also emotionally, so he’s in a good place there. That’s hard for any of us, let alone for someone who is 21 years old. We’re preparing really for both, to have him and not have him. At the beginning we’re preparing to not have him because he’s not going to be out there, at least in practice on the short term. We’re going to have to learn how to play and practice without him. Again, optimistically, maybe even cautiously optimistic, we hope to welcome him back to our team at some point, and we’ll know more in the next two weeks, four weeks, six weeks.”
Parrom also spoke to the media. See below for two video clips of what Parrom had to say.
Kevin Parrom Pt. 1
Kevin Parrom Pt. 2