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Two of the most impressive individual performances in one season belong to a couple of Arizona Wildcats who wore No. 3 — prolific scoring guard Khalid Reeves and shot-blocker extraordinaire Loren Woods.
Reeves scored a school record 848 points in 1993-94, averaging 24.2 points a game, also a school record. Woods had a record 102 blocked shots in 1999-2000, including a record 14-block performance against Oregon that season.
Included in the honoring of No. 3 is forward Kevin Parrom, who exhausted his eligibility last season after a career riddled by injury and personal strife. Some may question why Parrom is included in this display of Arizona greats. I put him there because of his fortitude and team-first qualities that coach Sean Miller lauded every year.
Parrom received the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award last season after overcoming personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics. He lost his mother and grandmother in a span of a year and also worked his way back from a bullet wound in his leg from a home invasion when visiting his mother in the Bronx.
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Reeves was also a New York City recruit who came east to play for Lute Olson by contacting Arizona before Olson’s staff contacted him. His high school coach at Christ the King High School in Queens, N.Y., contacted Olson that his guard wanted to play in the west to get away from the snow.
Olson writes in his book “Lute! The Seasons of My Life” that he sealed the deal with Reeves in a very peculiar place.
“I walked into a bathroom at an all-star tournament (and) Khalid was in one of the stalls,” Olson writes. “‘Hey coach,’ he greeted me. ‘How you doing Khalid?’ I said. Then I asked him. I was mostly kidding because I certainly didn’t expect an answer in the bathroom.”
“‘So are you going to sign with us?’ He didn’t hesitate. ‘Yeah,’ he said. ‘I’m coming to Arizona.’ ‘Great,’ I told him. What else can you say in that situation? I think it is accurate to say this was the only time I recruited a player in the bathroom.”
Reeves played seven years professionally overseas after a six-year career in the NBA. He has worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater Christ the King.
Woods, 35, played four years in the NBA before playing overseas. He is in his third season in Lebanon. He averaged 14.4 points and 11.1 rebounds last year for Al Riyadi. He also averaged 2.5 blocked shots a game.
Parrom recently tried out for a team in Ukraine but did not make a cut. He was selected by the Rio Grande Valley (Texas) Vipers in last week’s D-League draft. He is now in camp with the Vipers in McAllen, Texas.
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