Even though Kevin Parrom is from New York he considers Tucson as his second home and he doesn’t want to leave anytime soon.
The Arizona forward is in his senior season but through his years with the Wildcats Parrom has missed plenty of time due to several unfortunate circumstances. In 2011 while visiting his terminally ill mother in the Bronx Parrom was shot on the side of his right knee and in his left hand inside his father’s Bronx apartment. In the years after that incident he has suffered through multiple foot injuries and the passing of his mother and grandmother.
With that time missed Arizona officials are hoping that collective adversity can result in a hardship waiver that would allow Parrom to return for a fifth year next season. The interesting thing about the waiver Arizona officials are applying for is that it is not the typical medical hardship waiver for a fifth year. It would have to be considered outside of the normal medical hardship because Parrom has played too many games over his four year career to meet the normal criteria.
“If I get (the fifth year), that would be wonderful,” Parrom told the Arizona Daily Star. “But if I don’t, I think I’ve still accomplished a lot. I’m fine either way.”
As Arizona’s season finale, and senior night, approaches this Saturday the Wildcats may not be playing for a Pac 12 title like they hoped to but they are playing for guys like Parrom. The setting couldn’t be more of a perfect send off for Parrom if he does not get granted the fifth year and either way I’m sure the McKale Center crowd will show him the love come Saturday.