May 28, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller announced Thursday that three student-athletes have signed papers to attend the school and play basketball. The trio will report to the school in the fall of 2009.
Solomon Hill and Kyryl Natazhko (pronounced KAH-rill Naht-YAHZ-ko) signed National Letters-of-Intent, while Kevin Parrom inked an offer of financial aid during the spring signing period. All three players are ranked among the top 25 nationally at his position.
Hill, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound guard from Los Angeles, Calif., is ranked as the No. 28 overall prospect in the country and the No. 3 small forward by rivals.com. Hill, who preps at Fairfax High School, averaged 16.2 points, 11.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game as a senior. His Fairfax team, coached by Harvey Kitani, finished the season ranked 24th nationally and fourth in California.
With excellent size and the ability to beat defenders off the dribble, Hill was tabbed a four-star recruit by espn.com with a grade of 92. He averaged 10.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a junior and competed in the LeBron James Skills Academy last year. Hill is a two-time Los Angeles all-City selection and a third-team all-state pick in 2009.
Hill joins other notable Los Angeles City Section to play for Arizona: Anthony Cook, 1985-89; Chris Mills, 1990-93; Gilbert Arenas, 1999-2001; and Hassan Adams, 2002-06.
"Solomon has the skills and size to play both wing positions in our program," said Miller. "He is an excellent passer and knows how to score in a variety of ways. He is also a great competitor. His style of play allows him to become a tough match up for our opponents and a great fit for Arizona basketball."
Natyazhko, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center from Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, is ranked as the No. 75 overall prospect in the country and the No. 9 center by rivals.com. Natyazhko, who preps at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., averaged 21.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a senior for coach Vince Walden. He averaged 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a junior.
Natyazhko competed in the Wazzo Sports Derby Festival Classic in Louisville, Ky., scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, as his gold team posted a 151-145 victory. He has strong family basketball ties, as his cousin, Kyrylo Fessenko is a rookie with the NBA's Utah Jazz.
"Kryrl is blessed with great size," said Miller. "For a young person, he is physically advanced. This will help his transition to Arizona significantly. He is also very skilled for a frontcourt player, which allows him to fit into our style of play from day one."
Parrom, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward from the Bronx, N.Y., is ranked as the No. 25 small forward prospect by rivals.com. Parrom, who preps at South Kent High School in South Kent, Conn., averaged 13.0 points and 7.2 rebounds as a senior for coach Kelvin Jefferson. He was a McDonald's All-America nominee.
Possessing the ability to play multiple positions, Parrom tallied 17 points and six boards in the National Prep Invitational in February in leading South Kent to an 82-53 win over the Tilton (N.H.) School. He also participated in the Jordan Brand New York Regional in Madison Square Garden, where he helped his "City" team to a 129-120 win over the "Suburbs."
Parrom attended St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx for three seasons before transferring to South Kent. As a junior, he averaged 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in earning all-state honors. He is the first UA recruit from New York City since Khalid Reeves (1990-94).
"Kevin is an extremely versatile wing player," said Miller. "He excels in transition because he can see the floor as a passer and also use his dribble in an effective way. His versatility will allow him to play multiple positions at Arizona, which is a quality that will help build our teams for the future."