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Kevin Parrom’s mother passes away


Mike Miller

Arizona junior guard Kevin Parrom lost his mother to cancer on Sunday night.

She had been bravely battling the disease for over two years. Parrom, who was shot in the leg in September in his father’s home in the Bronx, was back in New York because he was visiting his mom at the time.

Parrom tweeted “I Love You Momma! You Dont Have To Deal With No More Pain And Now You Can Watch Ya Baby Boy Make You Proud From Up Above. Love You Ma ! RIP” late on Sunday night. Parrom also lost his grandmother earlier this summer.

“Today, Lisa Williams, Kevin Parrom’s mom, passed away,” Arizona head coach Sean Miller said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin and his family at this most difficult time. I have never been around a young person who has dealt with more hardship in such a short period of time than Kevin. I ask all Arizona Wildcat fans to join us on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. at our annual Red-Blue Game to be there when we introduce Kevin Parrom as a part of our 2011-12 team. He will rely on all of us here in Tucson for support in moving forward.”

Its difficult to imagine what Parrom is going through right now. Not only did he lose his mother, but he still is not cleared to play -- and may not be able to play this season -- as he recovers from bullet wounds to his right leg and left hand. Its an impossible situation for him to be in, and all you can do is hope that he has a strong support system around him in Tucson. There is no doubt he is hurting right now. There’s not much we can do other than to say our thoughts and prayers and with Kevin and his loved ones.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.