The last name might sound familiar, Jeremy is the younger brother of Jannero Pargo, the journeyman baller who had several tours of duty in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets including a stint with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Super League. Although Jannero is the proto typical 2-guard, Jeremy with his 6’2″ running back frame is more of a point guard with slashing capabilities. He honed his skills in the playgrounds of Chicago and went on to make a name of himself running the point for the Gonzaga Bulldogs under Mark Few where he played 4 years for the Bulldogs from 2005-2009.
People started to take notice of Pargo once he took over the point guard duties with the departure of Derek Raivio in his sophomore year. He bumped up his scoring average from 2.7 ppg his freshman year to 12.1 his sophomore year and more than doubling his assists average to 4.6 apg. His junior year he averaged 6.0 apg and equaled his ppg output at 12.1 ppg thus becoming the 2008 WCC player of the year in his junior season. Pargo was projected to become a back-up point guard in the NBA and possibly be selected in the 1st round. Pargo declared himself for the draft but didn’t hire an agent, he went on to participate in the NBA pre-draft camp, private NBA team work-outs, and various summer leagues to get an idea of where he would be drafted but decided to forgo the draft and return to Gonzaga for his senior season.
Although his numbers during his Senior season dropped, the Gonzaga Bulldogs had another excellent season winning their 9th WCC Championship and making the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before being defeated by the number one seeded North Carolina Tar Heels to finish up their season.
Unfortunately for Pargo, he went undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft. Of the four Zags who declared themselves for the 2009 NBA draft, Austin Daye, Josh Heytvelt, Jermey Pargo and Micah Downs. Austin Daye was the only member selected going No. 15 to the Detroit Pistons. Some speculated that Pargo’s shooting was a factor, Pargo went on to play overseas where he signed with Hapoel Gilboa Galil and averaged 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.7 turnovers per game helping his team win the 2010 Israeli Basketball Super League Championship. Pargo parlayed this success to a 1 year contract with Euroleague powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. where he is currently averaging 13 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2 turnovers per game.
Check out this emphatic cross-over and slam over a European 7-2 center.
Will we ever see Jeremy Pargo in the NBA? He certainly has the tools, has his perimeter shooting improved enough? What do you think?
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