Tuesday, April 28, 2009


by Jeff Borzello

Despite the high school basketball season ending last month, Kevin Parrom is still very busy.

The 6-foot-6 swingman from South Kent (CT) was released from his letter of intent to Xavier earlier this month after Musketeers’ head coach Sean Miller accepted the job at Arizona.

Parrom visited Pittsburgh this past weekend, and is set to visit Arizona next weekend.

“It was great,” Parrom said of his visit to Pittsburgh. “I had a chance to meet some guys and the coaches. The coaching staff was great. It was a good visit."

“There was a sense of family, everybody was together. Also, they win every year, so that’s a plus," said the polite and well-spoken Parrom.

Parrom will take a visit out to Miller’s new school, Arizona, this upcoming weekend.

“I’m going to check out the atmosphere,” he said when asked what he is looking for when he visits Tucson. “I want to meet the coaching staff and see how it is out there.”

Reports earlier in the week indicated that he was going to potentially visit Rhode Island, Providence and Virginia Tech, but Parrom is unsure.

“I was supposed to visit Rhode Island and Providence on Thursday,” he said. “But I don’t know if I’m going to do it."

“I was planning on visiting Virginia Tech, but the chances are slim of me actually visiting.”

Parrom’s former school, Xavier, is still in the picture but he said he wants to see other schools.

When asked what he is looking for in his college of choice, he said he wants to play immediately and also wants to feel a bond to the players and coaches.

“I’m looking for playing time and the chance to make an instant impact as a freshman,” Parrom said. “Also, I’m looking at the relationships.”

Indicative of his decision to originally sign with a school from a non-power conference, the Atlantic-10, Parrom said that conference affiliation will not a play a role in his decision.

“Conference is not a factor,” he said. “I’m not picking a conference, I’m picking a school. I could care less about the conference.”

As of now, Parrom said he is focused on Pittsburgh and Arizona, his top two schools.

“I plan on making a decision within the next two weeks, probably by the end of next week. I want to try to get it over with; I don’t want it to be a long process.”

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At 11:10 PM, Blogger Hail2Pitt said...


Considering immediate playing time is his what he wants, I don't like our chances against AZ. We may sell Parrom on getting to see some action as a sub, but Jamie's definitely not going to bench Gil Brown or Wannamaker for this guy. We're better off keeping the scholarship open for a run at doron lamb or will barton.

At 5:23 AM, Blogger Chris Dokish said...

I think Barton is a long shot at this time. Kentucky looks to be the team to beat there. Could have a chance at Lamb, but Pitt has yet to really go hard after him. The fact that he plays for the Gauchos, a Nike school, could help there, but there are other powers who are Nike schools, too.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Hail2Pitt said...

That's too bad about Barton. I figured with dante taylor coming to Pitt, he'd be more interested. Either Barton or Lamb could start immediately for Pitt as freshman. Epps, Lamb and Taylor could develop into a monster team.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger Chris Dokish said...

A combination of Kentucky, Calipari, and that style is going to be too much for maybe any program to overcome. That's one of the reasons why I have so many coaches telling me that Dodson won't see much time there in his career. They expect Calipari to bring in multiple top 10 players in every class.

At 7:27 PM, Blogger Yinzer said...

Does going after another SF type mean that the coaching staff is projecting Patterson to be more of a 2 down the road (just wondering because it would use up the lone scholarship we have left to offer a SG next year)? Or, is this simply an "add as many talented players as you can" line of thought?

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Chris Dokish said...

They just like to max out the roster every year and then worry about next year when that time comes. Both Patterson and Parrom are primarily threes.

At 9:49 PM, Blogger jhaskins23 said...

If the chances of landing Barton are close to zero and the chances of landing Irving are in the single digits, why isn't Pitt going really hard after Lamb?

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Chris Dokish said...

Good question. Pitt has their own timeline when it comes to recruiting players. They are very methodical.

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Yinzer said...

Parrom commits to AZ. I actually see this as a better non-get for Pitt. I know he's talented but this team is loaded w/ SF types. If Lytch decides to go elsewhere, the coaches can move on to getting after an elite SG for 2010 or true C.

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Chris Dokish said...

Lytch has academic issues. Looks like they will keep looking as late as they can, but may come up empty.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Yinzer said...

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At 1:54 PM, Blogger Yinzer said...

I actually think coming up empty would be best. I'd have to imagine its much easier to recruit a 2010 player when you can tell him you definitely have a ship to offer as opposed to "one may open up". And if one opens up, then you can fill two needs.


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