Good for him. We need to follow in his foot steps and be as humble as he is...
@MiPI suppose utah "fans" just shower the love on the kids
that turn them down? usually you are a fairly reasonable Utah fan but sometimes
you just can't keep your bias from showing through. Fans of a schools sports
teams are only that, nothing more. They love their players and they dislike the
ones that go elsewhere. This is true of the fans of every single school in the
country.I personally always like to see kids that went to local
schools, or that are LDS do well, but I don't care that much. I don't wish
anything negative on weddle but I also don't really care about what he does
either. If he does well that's great, if he doesn't, well my life will continue
on as before.My guess is that if the BYU fan is also a Chargers fan
then they cheer for weddle. If they aren't then they probably don't really care.
How many utah "fans", even the LDS ones, cheer for Jimmer? Probably
not many and the comments about him from the supposed LDS utah "fans"
like howie prove it. It's not enough that he is smart, spiritual, good, he went
Like Heaps, Burgess, Olson, Murphy, the moment this kid chooses not to go to
BYU...well, let's just say the comments from many of the Y fans on here will be
far less kind...For many, it's not enough that's he good, spiritual
and smart. It's only if he suits up for BYU.Don't believe me? How
many Y fans cheer for Eric Weddle in the NFL?
I would love to see Parker go to BYU. On the other hand, he may be able to do
more good elsewhere. What is needed more, BYU fans to have a loyal and strong
black Mormon player to look up to, or people elsewhere to see a loyal and strong
black Mormon? Where will he be able to do more good? I honestly do not know.
I think this should be a matter that he and his family put much prayer into, and
I think we should refrain from assuming that we know which choice is right.
Jabari has a brother Christian a return missionary who is also a very
outstanding young man. I saw him absolutley light up the gym while welcoming a
large group of missionaries at a CSI game a couple years ago in Twin Falls. He
will also have an influence on where he elects to go. I don't know where
Cristian ended up playing. Little brother has the potential to be another
Labron,Kobe Michael at the next levil. It would be nice to increase the
exposure of his principles and represent his church at BYU but either way that
will happen. Awesome 16 yr old.
Utah was never a consideration for Jabari. Even the kids that
dreamed to wear a Ute uniform are considering their options.Bwaaaaaaaaaaah!
duckno but you were the first to be yourself on the Utes basketball
article. my badblutokeep making it look like you don't
need and want this kid with a passion. lol. I don't see coach Rose pulling the
religion card on this kid but you never know. Good luck getting him from Duke
To all the insecure, "Always looking over their shoulder, at all
things concerning BYU", Trolls....Let's try this one more
time....The Phony status-symbol called the BCS is on it's last legs.
It will not exist in 2-3 years. There will no longer be AQ's to Conferences and
thus Utah's Coat-Tailing of Others Success', merely by Conference
Association, will cease to be!And Utah will find itself where it has
always been over the last 50 years, an after thought in football and a
Northwestern, Vanderbilt , Washington Generals type, schedule filler.As for BYU basketball. The pipeline for BYU is secure and long. Did anyone
know anything about this Austin kid? And there he was all along, waiting in the
wings. The U can't get the top notch LDS Utah kid anymore. Not since
Majerus fired Judkins which instigated the 100 year, "Curse of the
Juddy".And need we remind you Utes, that BYU had the Unanimous
NPOY last year. The Jimmer, winner of all 6 National Player of the Year Awards.
So landing this kid is not "essential" forBYU.Now Get the
Red out today, so those 10 thousand empty seats can pass for human beings.
crisbSo we agree; BYU has a great chance of signing Jabari and of going to
a BCS game in the near future. Thank you for your support of BYU athletics.
If he comes to byu my guess is that bronco will find someway to bench him too..
Would love to see Parker come to BYU, joining Emery, Haws, Harrison, Austin,
Chatman, Winder, Sharp, and others playing for a great coach who has
perspective. But I will follow Parker's career no matter where he goes. He
sounds like a great ambassador of the LDS faith.
It is refreshing to hear of a young man who is doing many of the right things
when it would be so easy for him to do the wrong things. I hope he can continue
to set a good example at BYU or wherever else he ends up.
To quote a dumb movie, "So, you're saying there is a chance. . . ."I think a way to sell this kid on BYU is to make the comparison to
Jimmer. I really think that if Jimmer had gone to a bigger conference where
really talented kids were a dime a dozen, I really don't think he would have
had as great success nor as great attention as he had at BYU. In the MWC Jimmer
really stood out, and our buddies at ESPN jumped all over it.
But I thought Jake Heaps was the best get BYU ever had?
I'm sure Parker is very good. But right now, its called potential. He might
turn out to be the biggest "get" BYU basketball has ever had, and if
we can land him, I hope that is the case. I love that Jabari is humble -
talent and humility are hard to find. But until that potential is proven,
Jimmer is our biggest "get" and will be until proven otherwise.
Jimmer has talent, incredible work ethic and humility. Fabulous traits,
traits that sounds like Jabari also has. Go Cougs!
Wiley Old SchoolI think the concept discussed is that, for a young
man attending early morning seminary with five brothers and sisters, attending
BYU is a whole different world. Attend any of the elite 10, and the membership
experience will be much like he already has. This is NOT a
judgmental statement. We have lots of kids that get the "institute in the
mission field" experience. But for his ONLY opportunity to be totally
immersed in the membership of his religion, get a good education and play for a
good team, it's BYU. But yes, he would have more missionary
opportunities surrounded by team mates and fellow students of all walks and
beliefs. Probably make a bigger national impresion for the church playing at
@utahcountyuteBut I didn't get after any utah "fans" for
commenting on a BYU basketball article. I never get after utah "fans"
for commenting on any BYU article. I like that they do it as it gives me
material to expose them with. Like jenny for instance. I pointed out how lame
her comment was, not that she made a comment. And then of course you
trying to call me out for something I didn't do is the icing on this cake.
Thanks for the response!LOL!
@ sls | 3:47 p.m. Dec. 9, 2011Thanks for the clarification.
This would be the "get" of the century for byU basketball, that is a
fact. It would not even be in the same universe as the whole Burgess debacle
either. For basketball in Utah as a whole, I hope the cougs land this kid. He
sounds like a solid young man.In regards to Ducky and Bluto getting
after U fans for commenting on a byU basketaball article.... Please don't try
and claim the higher ground, you just look silly. lol
Most athletes don't choose to go to BYU for their spirituality, and they
shouldn't. Many LDS athletes do choose to go to BYU, however, because they
realize that in doing so they will increase the profile of the Church more than
if they went to another school where they will just be another player, sometimes
playing on Sundays, but always representing another institution.Many
of those who transfer to BYU have said that they did it for this very reason: in
order to represent BYU and the LDS Church on the field of play. I hope Jabari
makes a decision to do this, but if he doesn't then it is his choice and we
should all respect it.
motorbike @ 1:30: well said. For a Ute fan, you're a pretty good guy. :)Cougarnate: U of IL has an institute, but it isn't an especially
good/highly active/motivational one. Last I heard, from a kid in our ward,
there are only about 30 active in the program. But your point is well taken.
This young man will be spiritually strong where ever he goes because he has the
foundation he needs to continue building.
amicus: Obviously I don't know sls from adam, but I think you are putting words
in his mouth that he did not speak (or write in this case). I read that
statement as "whatever the kid decides to do is ultimately none of our
business and we're not going to influence his decision one way or the
Man this kid sounds great! I hope for great success for him and that he will
continue to represent his faith and his parent(s) well. I would love to see him
here so that I could see him and keep track of him.@VeracityNot sure why your following odds as a "good member" but if you are
you would realize that the bookies made a good call on the Colorado vs Utah game
:0the real winner in this story is kid.
Jabari will do just fine where ever he goes, but it would be the best thing to
happen with the BYU basketball team maybe ever to land a recruit like him.
There are LDS institutes near all college campuses he will be able to stay
spiritually strong where ever he goes. Please come to BYU though. I think his
mom is another big reason he is considering BYU. From what I understand she
attended BYU. Go Cougs.
"But if he wants a well rounded education, spiritual development,
association with individuals with similar values, and a solid Top 25 basketball
program with a great coach - BYU could be a great choice for him."Tell me which of the non-BYU schools in question would not offer him the same
thing? (You could use the same statement for all of the elite basketball
schools except you could swap out "25" for "10".)I understand Y fans wanting him in their program for basketball reasons... any
fan of any school would want him. But so many of these Y posters, at least when
it comes to football, suggest that missionary work is the real reason for Y
athletics. If missionary work is the real reason, then the best thing would be
for Jabari to attend anywhere but BYU.
Bluto -"Seriously, Chris B.?First to post on another BYU
Basketball story?Does your insecurity and compulsive obsession for all
things BYU, have no bounds?Seriously, seek counseling and get a
Life."_______________As much as I don't wish to be a
Chris B. apologist, your comment was so pot calling the kettle black it's
ridiculous.And your cohort Duckhunter is sitting in pole position on a Ute
article this very second. Perhaps you should call him out as well...you know,
for consistency sake.Puuulllleeezzze.
PLEASE come to BYU!!! :D(I don't see it happening, but one can dream)Sound like an excellent kid. He has a great opportunity to represent the
church through his athletic gift and his humble demeanor. Keep it up Jabari!
would love nothing more than having Jabari. I think we've got some great young
talent that he could compete alongside and take us deep in the tourney.However, my guess would be he ends up with coach K and the blue devils.
@ sls | 10:41 a.m. Dec. 9, 2011As a BYU supporter, I really
appreciated most of comments. However, I am puzzled by your following statement:
"If he chooses to make basketball more important in life than other things,
that is his decision."Are you implying that latter-day saints
attending a non-LDS affiliated school are somehow lacking in spirituality? If
Jabari Parker chooses to attend a school other than BYU, that does not mean that
his spirituality is any less of a priority to him. Jabari sounds like a
spiritual giant, regardless of whether he attends BYU.If every
person that chose not to attend BYU was lacking in spirituality, then we would
need to oust quite a few of our general authorities, including the Prophet!
Re: VeracitySince when have BYU fans ever cared what Vegas thinks?
Bloated -You fell for the Chris B. thing, again? Really? I hope
you realize that it is one of your own who craves attention. Why do you give
her attention? Ignore and it will go away.
Chris B "considering" byuBYU has as good of a
shot at landing this kid as byu does of ever going to a BCS game. *******Well lets see Chris B. Vegas has the odds of BYU
going to a BCS game in the next 5 years at 30-70. Not good odds, but
do-able.AND Vegas has the odds of Utah going to a BCS game in the
next 5 years at 20-80...Wow, even worse. And the real stinger
is that Utah is in a BCS Conference, with all the hype and BCS ties to
bowls...yet Vegas sees them in the lower tier of the league.Now
putting salt on your wounds is the fact that Vegas has Colorado at the same
30-70 odds of BYU of going to a BCS...Wow, you just keep getting kicked when
down...sorry.But then there's always Basketball...Oh, I am indeed
sorry...But, the Red Rocks look good...and they are pretty good at
gymnastics as well...Wow, a silver lining.
Seriously, Chris B.?First to post on another BYU Basketball story?Does your insecurity and compulsive obsession for all things BYU, have no
bounds?Seriously, seek counseling and get a Life.As for
Jabari, whether he chooses BYU or not, we are all proud of him for representing
himself his family and the Church with Honor.Good Luck to you
wherever you choose to play ball.
Quoted from CSNChicago "Jabari, is considering Duke, Michigan State, North
Carolina, Ohio State, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Stanford, Brigham Young,
Washington, Connecticut, Florida, Louisville, Georgetown, Texas, Baylor, Texas
A&M and North Carolina State."I agree 1 out of 18 schools
is still a long shot that Jabari will land at BYU. But it's a better shot than
the other 300+ basketball programs he is not considering.His choice
will depend on his priorities.If he wants to stay close to home,
Illinois has an edge.If he wants to play for a storied program;
Duke, Kentucky, Kansas or North Carolina may be where he ends.If his
focus is on education; Stanford could be the choice.But if he wants
a well rounded education, spiritual development, association with individuals
with similar values, and a solid Top 25 basketball program with a great coach -
BYU could be a great choice for him.Jabari we would welcome you with
sls: Thanks for your post and observation. I'd would have loved to be there but
we were out of town visiting the in-laws in Arkansas.
The Ute haters hope he won't come. Because if he does come it makes their
"BYU can't recruit anyone" arguement pointless. Like what they have to
say ever comes to pass anyway.
I'd be happy for BYU if they landed this kid... it would be fun to watch him
play and I'd like to see my Utes competing against him. He would probably be the
greatest recruit to ever hit the Marriott Center floor. However, all
inside scoop to date says he's only kept BYU on his list out of respect for his
LDS religion and has little to no intention of ever being a Coug.Insiders
certainly don't always know what they're talking about, so no reason for Coug
fans not to hope...but it doesn't look good.
After reading the NYT article, *man* I hope he decides to come here. With
DeMarco here, and with the Cougs making some noise this year, I think our
chances are good. Crispy, anyone with class would acknowledge she
was wrong if it happens. So I don't expect we'll hear from you if that happens.
Jabari Parker may or may not choose BYU, but he sounds like the kind of kid who
will "choose the right" no matter what school that is. As a BYU fan,
that makes me happy. Seeing him in a BYU uniform would make me happier!
Congrats to Apo for that recognition! He's having a similar year to what Hoffman
had last year as a freshman.Next year with both even more seasoned,
and with a consistent QB who'll throw to both of them, BYU fans could be in for
a special 2012 season.
@jenny83Yet there is absolutely no chance for utah to get him. They
offered and he stated they are not even a consideration. Not even a
consideration LOL!Oh and keep on referencing football on a
basketball article, it is all utah "fans" have.Le minerai
de plus que les choses changent elles restent les memes.LOL!
Thank you sls for your comments. I only wish certain people could let things
go, but they just can't seem to.
Not every LDS kid thinks like the kids in Utah--that it's better to go to the
local state school than to attend a better private school, like BYU. I was at
one of the BYU games in the Chicago Invitational and I saw Jabari in the stands
watching BYU. The BYU players came and greeted him warmly. I believe it is an
accurate assessment to say that he is considering BYU.If he chooses
to make basketball more important in life than other things, that is his
decision. However, those who try to belittle BYU on a comment board for an
article like this only show how little they are.I get sick of the
negativity posted on these boards by folks like the one above. If your jersey
isn't the one somebody supports, why rip on the others?
Kalel1 has a no shot at coming to terms with the 54-10 beat down his team got in
Chris: This is a BASKETBALL player! There are no BCS games in basketball, just
like there is no crying in baseball!
This kid (Chris B) has as good of a shot landing a career of any kind as Utah
does beating a 2-10 Colorado team.
Dear Santa:All I want for Christmas is for Jabari Parker to commit
to BYU.Sincerely,Devoted Cougar Fan
"considering" byuBYU has as good of a shot at landing this
kid as byu does of ever going to a BCS game.