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.
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!
One visit to Provo, and the BYUtv/ESPN exposure will seal this deal. Things are
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.
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
I'd love to see him at BYU! We can dream can't we? Good luck to him where ever
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
Duke, Kanses, Michigan State, BYUOne of these things is not like the
othersKeep dreaming cougars.Congrats on your first sweet
16 trip in 30 years.See ya in 2040
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!
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!
Oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please...
If that's true about BYU, I guess we'll see the Utes in 3040?
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.
@ PAC12FanIn 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!
@ 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!
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
@Pac12fanDon'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.
Does anyone know where Utah ranks on his list? With Utah's PAC12 status and
all, they must be high.
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
How did Duke work out for one Chris Burgess?
Did Chris B just predict that BYU has no shot at Jabari? That's good enough for
me, he's singend, sealed, delivered to Provo!!
I think BYU has a great chance to get Jabari. To start out, Jimmer has proven
that a great player surrounded by a solid team can capture the nations interest
and can be an NBA lottery pick. He sounds mature enough to make a tough decision
for the right reasons. He may decide he wants the BYU experience and he doesn't
want to be just another 5 star recruit at Duke or Kentucky. The exposure that
the BYU football and basketball teams will be having on national tv every week
may help persuade him. Watching their success over the next 2 seasons, he may
decide that he likes BYU enough to come to Provo. I hope he chooses BYU but,
either way, I wish him luck wherever he goes. He is in a great position. Reading between the lines of pac12fan and crisb.Please don't come
to BYU. BYU just can't be good! We said they wouldn't. It would only feed our
inferiority complex and our BYU obsessions.
@PAC12Fan "Don't mess with an Independent that plays in high school gyms
if these schools truly are on the radar."I'm pretty sure this
kid isn't going to play as an independant- he plays basketball, not football.
-Go to Duke, MSU, etc. and be one of dozens of future NBA players.
Go to BYU, have a team built around you, become ESPN's poster boy, win NPOY as a
freshman, become a BYU legend, meet a future wife, and still go to the NBA!On a side note, if BYU can land this kid, they had better get a
non-conference schedule to match. The bball schedule for 2011 is looking pretty
dismal-but no worse than a PAC schedule!
Re: BlutoExactly! You could go to perennially good Duke and be the
3rd, 4th or 5th best player on the team or you could go to Provo and be a
rockstar with unlimited ESPN coverage, as The Jimmer proved!
Jabari Parker - see Brandon DaviesThat didn't work out so well.You won't either
@ Chris B, et alWhat is the difference between playing in a High
School gym and at the u? The HS gym is packed with 10,000 to 15,000 people
and the HC has 12 people "packed" into it. Plus it is hard to see them
because their faces are so red (embarrassment) from their team getting killed
even with that 7' wall they were boasting about.
He sounds dang good. And dang neat.
Re: Chris BYou know, I could understand you trying to persuade a big
name player to not commit to your hated rival if your own school was in the mix
to land him. Othewise it just appears petty and small. Par for the course?
@Chris BBrandon Davies will do just fine, he still has two years of
eligibility and unlike Utah players, he will actually stay with BYU and finish
his collegiate with flying colors.He is a fine young Man, with great
Charachter and Devotion.And You, Chris?
Chris BSo let me get this straight. Yoru saying that because Jabari
is black, he will make the same mistakes Brandon did?That's a little
racist, don't you think?
Chris BInteresting to see you throwing rocks at a school he actually
mentioned.... Are we still "marking everything down" that
you type, or was that getting too embarrassing for you?
If Coach K called me........no brainer! Go to Duke!
Could you imagine nick emery and jabari playing together? that would be a great
back court. You add in the haws brothers, and 6' 8'' eric mika from lone
peak....that could be a final four team. Collinsworth...just because jimmer is
gone doesn't mean byu is going to be bad. Chris B:Brandon
Davies wasn't an espn #2 player in the nation, was he? And. I don't think davies
was lds. Jabari is. Which means he believes in the honor code a little more. I
think the two kids are very different. True Blue for Life!
Note to Coach Rose - when Jabari decides on Duke instead of BYU, don't tell him
that he let down 14 million people. From the past - bad move.
This is a definite long shot. And any of my fellow BYU fans touting ESPN
exposure and recent success as a reason why we would sign him are probably
suffering from some tunnel-vision. The reality is that we don't have the
exposure that Duke, Michigan State, Kansas, or Kentucky has. We're never going
to beat those teams on success, prestige, or exposure. And being from Chicago,
programs closer to home also have that edge. So on all typical, practical,
basketball-related matters BYU will lose Jabari to other, bigger programs.With that said, any of the pessimists already declaring there's no way
he comes to Provo are forgetting one thing. Based on personal reasons, there's a
reasonable chance he could come to BYU. The faith card is big for a lot of
people, hence why Heaps, Harrison, Apo, and many other athletes come instead of
going to larger programs. Even Manti Te'o gave BYU a hard look based on faith
when he could have gone anywhere. BYU wins enough and can create enough buzz
around a player a la Jimmer to assuage those basketball doubts he might have and
make him choose the environment there. Improbable, but possible
I didn't think BYU had a chance to land this kid until I saw Chris B predicting
they wouldn't... now I'm all smiles. Better to get the exposure at
BYU than to sit the bench at Duke or Kansas!
Another kid coming out of Simeon High school. Same school that D-Rose went to.
Chicago produces some ballers. As long as this kid goes to the Bulls or the Jazz
after college is fine with me.
@ aficionadoI don't know who is more clueless, Chris B. or You.First of all, Davies is LDS, Secondly, your implication that LDS' are
more "believing" at living the honor code, is ignorant well.Enough with being so condescending.
There's no doubt that it's a stretch to think that a kid with this much talent
would come to BYU when he could go anywhere, and I do mean anywhere. But the
fact that he's considering BYU says something about what the program has become.
This is not the same BYU athletic program it was 10 years ago. We are
attracting top tier talent in all sports.If basketball is Jabari's
only motivation, he will end up at Duke or Kansas or Kentucky (if he wants the
one year and done experience). But if he's looking for more, BYU could be a
possibility. My fingers are crossed. I hope to see him in blue and white.Now on to the second subject - How can any Ute troll could take shots at
BYU's basketball program when U're program is in total collapse? The Utes will
finish at the bottom of the PAC12 in basketball. I wouldn't be surprised if U
didn't win a single conference game.BYU will be reloading in the
back court, but with Carlino, Harrison, and Winder the back court looks bright.
The front court is solid with Davies, Hartsock, Collinsworth, Abouo, and Rogers.
Suffer the trolls to get their trash published. I thought the Trib was for
comments like some that have been approved today? Pathetic.Back to
the story...How could anybody think of missing a media opportunity
like BYU for their talent? There is no other place on the planet that will
provide 'heavy rotation' of your talent like BYU with ESPN and BYUtv!Jabari... This IS the right place!
Isn't BYU that school that tried to get into the WAC and failed? If Jabari
picks a program like that over a program like Duke, we might have to have him
Duke basketball arena seating capacity: 9314.
Small gyms??If utah played in a "small gym" it would look
at least half for their games instead of that "empty" look.
I think Jabari will go to a big time program. Play in a real conference. His
faith may be playing a role, but he is a blue chip talent. BYU in their last 10
NCAA tourney invites has only won 3 games. My goodness, Coach K averages at
least that many wins each year in the championship. Jabari will most likely be
in blue and white.......Duke's colors!
@hamaca Camereon Field House at Duke is probably the funnest, most
intense place in the world to watch a basketball game. I went to a UNC at Duke
game a few years ago.........unreal! Portland State at BYU in the 20k+ seat
Marriot Center? hahahahahahahaahaha!
Imagine going from you got Jimmered, to you got Jabaried! Just rolls off the
tongue doesn't it?
mgr63, Oooohhhhhhhhhh! Good for you.
Bluto said - "How did Duke work out for one Chris Burgess?"That was exactly my thought. But it would still be very hard to pass up a full
ride to Duke. However, Jimmer's POY and #10 pick remind us that he could come to
BYU and easily fulfill his goals. Especially coming in as a top hs talent.
Jimmer was almost unkown and look what he was able to accomplish.The
question boils down to whether you want to be one of 15 all-americans or
"the man" on campus. If he continues to progress as he has so far he
may be a one year collegian wherever he goes.
BYU cannot compare to Duke in academics or hoops. Duke's atmosphere is electric
every game even in the "down" years. A few years ago when BYU was
down, the Marriott Happy Place barely had a few thousand fans except when Utah
or UNLV was visiting. SammieGeeHow many of the current
BYU roster did you coach?
mgr63Did you go to the BYU/SDSU game in Provo this year? 23,000
fans going crazy for two hours - came out with my ears ringing. Not a more
intense atmosphere in the country. BYU/Gonzaga should be epic this year. Too
bad Utah has no B-Ball program but I guess Cougar fans will have to fill the
Huntsman again this year since there won't be any Ute fans there.
The ute trolls are in full scale panic.LOL!
One year in Provo and this kid will be counting the days to get outta.
@ PAC12FanMaybe your team should start playing in a high school gym,
it could help pad your teams stats in the win column. Then again teams like
Southern Baptist will play the utes anywhere, anytime... so they can pad their
stats with a "W".
ChrisB and Hedgehog. Let's see BYU plays 32 games.(18 preseason games) 11
preseason games are in front of maybe 13-17,000 fans each. (Remember very few
are the size of BYU's Marriott Center.) 7 preseason games are at BYU. 7
conference game in front of 5,000 fans each. The remaining 12 are at home in
front of 21,000+ fans. Now what was Utah's average attendance the
last few years. I think it was around 2,000 per game. It won't matter how many
a BB arena holds (home or away) if the team can't win, which is the situation
Utah faced all last year and much of the year before. No one will come to watch
them. It remains how they will fare this year again. Don't hold your breath.
Sounds like a good kid who will make a good decision. Would love to see him in
the Cougar blue.
Too bad Utah posters above don't recall the fun at the Thomas & Mack with
UNLV.Utah can't even compare with the intensity. Mr. Parker
isn't even considering Utah as a choice. Haters can't leave the Cougars alone.
crowntownWhat happened to your promise that you would never post on
here again? I know, it's hard to ignore BYU isn't it?
This will give the Ute fans some cardiac fibrillations.
I love all the smack about playing in the WCC and their small gyms. Last I
checked Steve Nash played in this conference, when they didn't have near the
exposuer they do now. All of BYU's games will be nationally televised and last
but not least Duke has one of the smallest arenas in all of basketball and
they're still pretty good. A big gym doesn't make a good team. I would love to
have Mr. Parker at the Y. His mom went to school at the Y and so at least the
Cougs are in the discussion, don't u trolls wish he your school was on his
radar. Go Cougs.
crowntown1 | 10:09 p.m. Aug. 1, 2011 Corona, CA "One year
in Provo and this kid will be counting the days to get outta."---Dude, I have been to Corona...
One thing is for sure about this, utah has no chance of getting him and they
have tried to recruit him. He simply dismissed them out of hand as a non
consideration and is only considering schools that he would actually want to
This is now the second national publication that has quoted Parker saying that
BYU is high on his list. The other one is Sports Illustrated. And yet the
jealous Ute trolls are still insisting that BYU has zero chance of landing him.
We all know it is still a long shot, but at least we are in the conversation
unlike a certain other school in Utah. Worry about your own team and whether or
not they will be able to win a single conference game this year.
"Last I checked Steve Nash played in this conference, when they didn't have
near the exposure they do now."John Stockton also came from
this "lowly" conference. Two of the best point guards to ever play
the game came from the WCC.
Chris B and Pac12fan, man, all of this recruiting news about BYU...I sure hope
the bridges near your homes are secured