Jabari Parker considering impact of LDS mission age change

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9 2012 1:33 p.m. MDT

Count high school basketball phenom Jabari Parker among the young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are trying to figure out the individual impacts of the church's newly announced change in policy lowering the age for full-time missionary service to 18 for young men who are high school graduates and to 19 for young women.

"When he's 18 and if he did want to go on a mission, he can now," Parker's father, Sonny, told ESPN Monday. "He has to decide whether or not (he wants to). He hasn't decided one way or another. We've talked about it.

"If he's going at 18, he would go to a mission and then possibly go to college or to the NBA," Sonny Parker continued. "I know his situation is different than a lot of people. We'll just see."

Earlier this year Jabari Parker told Sports Illustrated that he "talked a lot about" missionary service when his elder brother, Christian, came home from his full-time mission.

"I want to go (on a mission)," Jabari said. "But I have doubts. The NBA is the biggest dream of basketball players, and I'm no different."

Jabari recently announced that he has narrowed his list of possible colleges to attend to five: BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford.

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