Ex-Chief Parham on road to success at VMI
During his freshman season a year ago, finding Greg Parham (Monacan) in a VMI box score wasn’t as easy as finding his last name.
While the point guard played an important role as a ballhandler off the bench, another freshman guard — also with the last name Parham — started and became the Keydets’ leading scorer.
This season, Bubba Parham is still leading VMI in scoring at 20.2 points per game, but Greg can easily be found right behind him as the Keydets’ starting point guard. After averaging just under 12 minutes a season ago, the 804 Parham is playing 30 minutes per night as the lead guard. His assists, scoring and rebounds are all up and turnovers are down. Both Parham and head coach Dan Earl say the transformation from rotation player to everyday asset has coincided with a change in body type. The 6-foot-4 guard entered VMI weighing 160 pounds — maybe.
“At the height I’m at, that’s tough. You’re that skinny guy out there. Playing against the schedule we have, the guards are 185-190 (pounds) and they’re attacking you, so you have to have that muscle,” Parham said. This year I’m more prepared and I’m ready to stick my nose in the fight and compete.”
As a sophomore, the Monacan graduate is weighing in at closer to 185 pounds. With his new physique has
Greg Parham (top left) and Bubba Parham (bottom left) guarded Pitt’s Jared Wilson-Frame in a VMI game in November. A point guard and a former Moncan standout, Greg has become a more consistent offensive weapon for the Keydets this season. come the type of play that allows Earl to trust Parham as his starting point guard. He’s averaging 2.8 assists and has a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio up from 1.5to-1 a year ago.
“The biggest thing is just seeing the game and taking care of the ball. His assists are higher, his turnovers are down. He’s doing a great job taking care of the ball,” Earl said. “You can see that on the stat sheet, but you can’t see his ability to bring the ball up against pressure.”
Pride takes pride in that ability. He’s not likely to lead the team in scoring and won’t always be the top assist man. However, the sophomore is always looking to make plays on the court that affect the game. Parham’s ability to handle pressure and see the court is the thing that keeps him standing out.
“All my teammates know how I play by now. If you’re open I’m going to get it to you. I know where to pass it,” Parham said. “I know what they like, I know where it needs to be to be successful. Having that good court vision allows me to pinpoint the pass and make sure it gets there on time.”