FOX 44/ABC 22 HS Athlete of the Week: Rochester's Pavin Parrish

Published 04/02 2014 05:23PM

Updated 04/02 2014 06:34PM

Rochester, VT -- The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association and the Gatorade Player of the Year Rochester senior Pavin Parrish is this week's Athlete of the Week. There are 2,479 very good reasons why. In his final game as a Rocket, Parrish scored 45 points. The final basket set a new all-time Vermont scoring record (2,479). 

"I had no idea I was close to the record until after the game was over and people came up to me and were like you broke the record and all this stuff. I had no idea." Parrish said during state championship Saturday at the Barre Auditorium. "I was just focused on trying to get the win."

Parrish and the Rockets won the Vermont Division-IV state title his junior year but fell in the semifinals this year. He spoke with FOX44/ABC22 on championship Saturday and was still disappointed with the loss but beginning to understand the magnitude of his accomplishments. 

"There's been a lot of people that have come before me. And I'm just grateful to have my teammates there to pass me the ball." Parrish said. "I wish we could've got another state championship but obviously, I'm really proud of this personally. Everybody's just really proud of me. They've been coming up to me saying they watched the game and they're just proud that I could represent Rochester in a positive way. That's really cool for me and our community."

Parrish is staying in the community at the next level. He's joining the Castleton State Spartans next season. 

"Castleton was the best choice for my family and I." explained Parrish. "I really wanted to stay in Vermont so all my family and fans and friends could continue to watch me."

Once he sets foot on campus, Parrish knows that his career point total will restart at zero. He's ready.

"I'm really excited about the next step. I think it's time to move on. I'm really looking forward to the challenges. I know it's going to be a lot difficult but I'm looking forward to it." 

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