Utah Jazz's one-and-dones offer free advice to Jabari Parker
"You've got to pick the right situation," Favors said. "If he want to go to BYU, that might be a good situation for him because he'll probably automatically be the man on their team. That'd be a good situation for him."
Williams didn't have his mind set on leaving the Tar Heels after one season, but he believed it was the right decision for his situation. The Atlanta Hawks then picked the small forward No. 2 overall in the 2005 draft, ahead of Deron Williams (third to Utah) and Chris Paul (fourth to New Orleans).
"I didn't have any intentions of going to college and being a one-and-done," Williams said. "I had to do what I had to do for my family."
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin can empathize with Parker's father. Corbin's son, Tyrell, wasn't in the same multi-star category as Parker, but the former Utah Mr. Basketball had options coming out of West High in 2011.
"I wanted it to be his decision and him to be comfortable with it," Corbin said. "So I was not as hands-on as I might've liked to be because I wanted it to be (his choice) and about him and not about me."
The younger Corbin eventually picked to play for UC Davis. After his freshman season, the guard transferred to Salt Lake Community College, where he's currently playing.
Coach Corbin believes it's important for fathers to have open communication with their sons, so they can offer assistance when needed. There's a fine line with being helpful and pushy, though.
"The kid ultimately is going to have to be comfortable with his decision," Corbin said, "but some need a little bit more guidance than others."
And Corbin's advice for a guy like Parker?
"I wasn't a one-and-done guy, so I couldn't (say)," he said, laughing. "I think there's some method to it. I wasn't that kind of guy."
Corbin played for DePaul in Chicago, so it's highly possible that would've been his suggested destination for the young Windy City star.
The Jazz coach did point out how impressive it's been that Kentucky's John Calipari has managed to win big with multiple one-and-done guys. (Jazz center Enes Kanter went to Kentucky for one year before entering the draft, but he was unable to play in 2010-11 due to ineligibility issues.)
Corbin appreciates the difficulty of the decision because it affects a player's college and pro career. It's just a foreign concept to him because he played all four years before being drafted in the second round by San Antonio in 1985.
"I can't even imagine having to think about (it)," said Corbin, who logged 16 seasons in the NBA. The choice, he added, would come down to "which team would give you the best chance to play and show what you're doing, but you need to win and want to win too."
After saying there isn't just one script to follow, Corbin ended the interview with three words that aptly sum up the situation for everybody on the outside — and maybe even for Parker:
"I don't know."
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