Parrom Shines On Big Screen

Kevin Parrom stepped up in a big way at the HoopHall Classic in Springfield (Mass.). Monday evening we caught up with the talented wings coach to get an update.

In the midst of a breakout year, Kevin Parrom stepped up on the biggest stage. Playing against one of the best teams in California, Taft, and being showcased on television, the 6-foot-6 junior exploded for 27 points and 16 rebounds in a 84-69 win.

"He found a little niche today in the high post area and on the baseline and he gave us a lot of scoring output," St. Raymond head coach Oliver Antigua said about his junior standout.

Parrom, who shot 13-for-18 from the field, scored in a variety ways against Taft. He worked the baseline for drives, but also showed he could shoot the three and knock down one and two dribble pull-up jumpers.

To go with his scoring, Parrom also showed he's a capable of doing other things on the court. His length and athleticism helps him rebound, and he also showed he's a talented passer, especially in the open court.

"He had a high output offensively, but he's averaging 15 points for us," Antigua said. "The rebounding and the assists, that's a normal thing he does. He's averaging 5 assists a game and he's averaging 9 boards. He's very active and a versatile skilled player."

"He rebounds like a big man and then he passes it well to the big men on the break," he continued. "He makes it tough for teams to get back on the break. When he gets in the open court, we are actually better with him having the ball."

With the performance he put together on Monday more schools will likely attempt to get involved, but at this point he holds scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Xavier, St. John's, West Virginia and Rutgers.

"Those are his top five," the St. Ray's coach said. "Those are the guys that have been pretty consistent through the fall until now. Those are pretty much the guys that are recruiting him the hardest."

Despite all of the early commitments, coach Antigua thinks Parrom will wait out the process at least until after the season so he can take some visits and spend some time researching each school on his list.

"I think he's going to take his time and evaluate every program. Right now Kevin and his family are just hearing pluses and strengths of each program. He really wants to find a good fit for him and a place that will use his skills and versatility."

Parrom and St. Raymond's will be back in action on January 22nd against Xaverian.


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