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Published: Monday, Aug. 1 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

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San Diego, CA

Fun to dream about BYU being in the running to get a hoops star of this ability. Thanks to Jimmer and his National Player of the Year awards for making this dream even possible. Wherever Jabari ends up, I will cheer for him because he sounds like an outstanding young man in additional to an amazing player.

Boise, ID

He should just give Coach Rose a call and focus on basketball. He is good enough that it won't matter where he plays. His NBA future is secure. Come to BYU, become a legend, find a wife, then onto the NBA. Go Cougs!

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

One visit to Provo, and the BYUtv/ESPN exposure will seal this deal. Things are looking up.

Alpine Coug
Alpine, UT

Even IF (note the BIG IF) he were to be swayed away from Coach K and Duke and other big-time programs and decided to come to Provo-it would only be for a single year. But, what a year the 2012-2012 season could be with Jabari and the remaining roster from the Jimmer era.

It could possibly be BYU's one and only chance ever for a basketball national championship. Convinced that any NC team must have good if not dominant big men in the middle and a good outside game to complement them.

How sweet it would be! No doubt that Jimmer's recent success and POY honors make BYU a far more viable option for a truly elite athlete like Jabari.

West Jordan, UT

I am trying to be realistic, and I recognize that Jabari Parker is probably out of reach for BYU, but the Cougar fan in me is still hoping that BYU can land this kid. What a coup that would be for Dave Rose and the Cougar program! The tremendous success of The Jimmer is what makes landking Parker even a remote possibility.

American Fork, UT

I'd love to see him at BYU! We can dream can't we? Good luck to him where ever he goes.

South Jordan, UT

If Duke, Michigan State, Illinois, Washington or Kansas call you, you don't mess around with BYU. Duke alone should change your mind. Don't mess with an Independent that plays in high school gyms if these schools truly are on the radar.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Duke, Kanses, Michigan State, BYU

One of these things is not like the others

Keep dreaming cougars.

Congrats on your first sweet 16 trip in 30 years.

See ya in 2040

Colorado Springs, CO

It doesnn't matter that the WCC gyms are not that large. If he lands at BYU he'd be on ESPN naerly as much as he would if he went to Duke, Mishigan St., etc. It would be latter in the evening, especially on the east coast, but the national audience would be huge. He'd be the best player in the league and most likely the entire west. He could play right away instead of possibly sitting behind someone else at a bigger name school, and would fit nicely into Rose's run and gun offense. Please come Jabari. You will not regret it!

Highland, UT

But the ute trolls like pac12"fan" and wedgie just told us a few days ago that BYU wasn't even on Jabari's list? You could read the panic in pac12"fans" post above. LOL!

Pleasant Grove, UT

Oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please...

South Jordan, UT

If that's true about BYU, I guess we'll see the Utes in 3040?

Salt Lake City, UT

An LDS kid interested in BYU. Where is the news here? Those are recruits you have to land. It's news if he doesn't choose BYU.

Alpine Coug
Alpine, UT

@ PAC12Fan

In prior years, I would have totally agreed with you. But, this is a brand-new era for BYU athletic teams. Fresh off BYU's Sweet 16 appearance, top 10 rankings, Jimmer's POY/ESPY honors, plus the new ESPN contract (guaranteeing that every game will be nationally broadcast)-BYU becomes a realistic option for a young man such as Jabari. Jimmer has shown that even a lightly recruited LDS athlete can become a true national icon. Add to that formula the fact that Jabari has been raised a member of the LDS faith and you have a decent and even realistic chance that he could say "no thanks" to the Dukes and Kansas' of the world and sign with BYU.

P.S. You Ute fans need to give up your obsession with the smaller gyms of the WCC. The couple I have been to are far nicer than any HS gym in America. Of course, it was only your subtle attempt to belittle the Cougs-but please save yourself the smack talk until the other Coach K resurrects the program on the hill. Actually I hope that it is sooner than later.

Go Cougs!

Doctor J
Manti, UT

@ Chris B...BYU was good 20 years ago...Roger Reid had 2 kid on the team and things went downhill for a while...Dave rose has brought respect back to the program...BYU is very good right now...they will be very good for the next several years...they are a top 20 NCAA basketball program...NO QUESTION!

Salt Lake City, UT

2040 Chris B? Isn't that when you are supposed to be eligible to comment again if you kept your "I won't comment again if I'm wrong about" promises were kept?

Sandy, UT


Don't mess with a program paying 3 head basketball coaches at the same time and which can only put a few thousand fans in a 15k seat arena.

Conversely, come and play in the 23k seat Marriott Center at BYU, which was ranked 5th in the Nation in attendance, as BYU was a top 10 team all year and went to the Sweet 16.

Indeed, come to BYU, where every single game will be on National TV with ESPN and BYU-TV. And remember, only 8 games, in BYU's 32 game schedule will be played in WCC gyms. Visit those great and beautiful campuses and feel and know what a College Towne Atmosphere is all about.

And don't settle for some Glorified Commuter School like the U, where you need to catch a train to get to class.

Come to BYU, where just last year, Jimmer, was the "Face" of College Basketball all year long. Jimmer even had his own nightly update on ESPN.

Oh yea, your biggest dreams will come true at BYU.

Jimmer was the Unanimous National Player of the Year.

And best of all, it's Your Culture. Come and Enjoy being Young with like minded people.

Riverton, UT

Does anyone know where Utah ranks on his list? With Utah's PAC12 status and all, they must be high.

Clearfield, UT

Chris B:

Thanks for your support. But we'll worry about the sweet 16. U just try and find a way to not have your 5th losing season in 7 years this year, who knows U may even have enough to field a team, and next year U could start losing players to graduation instead of transfers.

Might be a good idea to have consecutive winning seasons before you start in on postseason tournament smack.

Sandy, UT

How did Duke work out for one Chris Burgess?

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