September 26, 2011
If there's a sliver of good news from reports that Kevin Parrom was shot in the right leg during a visit home to the Bronx early Saturday morning, it's that it sounds like the injuries the Arizona forward sustained are not serious.
Gary Charles, Parrom's travel ball coach with the New York Panthers, told the Arizona Daily Star on Sunday night that he spoke with his former player and the 6-foot-6 junior assured him he will be fine.
"He said, `Don't worry. I'm OK. I can walk. I'm good,' " Charles said. "That was good enough for me."
"I can tell you this: His voice sounded like regular. It wasn't like, `Oh, coach, my God, I can't believe this.'"
Parrom had returned to New York this weekend to visit his mother, who is in the hospital. The shooting followed a dispute that occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday at a residence in the Bronx, but details of exactly what led up to the incident are unclear at this point.
Parrom played in all 38 games for an Arizona team that won the Pac-10 and advanced to the Elite Eight last season, averaging 7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds and sinking 41.8 percent of his three-pointers. Arizona coach Sean Miller issued the following statement about Parrom late Sunday night.
"I have been in contact with Kevin and his family throughout the weekend and look forward to his return to Tucson and being back in class this week," Miller said. "Our focus is on Kevin's health right now. Once we have more information, we'll be able to address his potential return to team activities."