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Published: Monday, April 30 2012 7:00 p.m. MDT

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Springville, UT

Just the thought of Jabari considering BYU is enough to drive... well, watch the comments come in from the north 'hinter lands'.

Come on Jabari, come to Provo. It's great here and you know it!

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

What would be great is a "1-2-1 and done."

And just imagine the howls if he chose Duke, played for a year, went on his mission, then decided to transfer to BYU! Hater heaven.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

He'll add value to any team he chooses to go to and it would be great to see him in a cougar uniform. One thing I know, he won't be choosing the U. They were ruled out a long long time ago.

Past Utahn
Aurora, CO

Can you say Jimmer who?

South Jordan, UT

Why list Unga as "Chicago 2010 supplemental draft running back Harvey Unga (Timpview)"? Being drafted in regular or supplemental draft makes no difference. "Chicago running back Harvey Unga (Timpview)" would have been just fine.


Wow, what a great kid, as a BYU fan I would love him to go to BYU, but he will be a great example no matter where he goes! Hope he can keep up the great attitude.

South Jordan, UT

Great that Sammy and others comment about the U.


Sounds like great young man with a good head on his shoulders. Hopefully he stays healthy and has a wonderful career.

Wishing Jabari all the best.

CO Ute

2 of the first 3 posts are focused on Utah vs. BYU which has absolutely nothing to do with this article, but is still funny.

Regarding his decision to choose a college, I think that BYU's membership in the WCC does hurt their chances here. He can play in the Big 10, ACC, or the SEC with a perennial top 10 program; play against top flight competition, and have the option to play for future hall of fame coaches. He may ultimately determine that Provo is the best fit for him but it will be hard to turn down Michigan State, North Carolina, and Duke to go to BYU.

Iowa City, IA

Seems like a well balanced kid. Good luck.

Moses Lake, WA

Sounds like a good kid with his head on straight. He seems to be on the right road. Keep it up

Utah-Hawaii Alum
Dallas, TX

This article was a nauseating read at best. Parker will look great in blue...........Duke "Blue" Devil that is.


It is still remarkable to me that a U of U fan has to even comment on this article. The emphasis by one poster on the conference Jabari will play in makes me just smile. I'm sure that every top recruit first considers conference, then team. Right. When Utah was invited to the PAC 12 I suspected that those in and who support the institution would still stand up against the BCS, but it's amazing how quiet many have been since the change. It's also interesting how much of an obsession there is on conference. I'm curious to see if this dies down after the novelty of the change of conference has worn off. Now back to the article(and don't make me get off topic again U fans), I don't envy anyone who is thrown into the spotlight at such a young age. I don't think it's good for anyone, including Jabari. Since he is in the spotlight, it seems like he and his family are taking the best approach they can. I wouldn't wish this pressure on any young teenager.Best of Luck to him!

across the sea
Topeno, Finland

Stay strong! Remain an example - you are already doing GOOD with things that MATTER.

Franklin, IN

No one commented on Washington. They have the inside track on this talented and intelligent star! His father and Lorenzo Romar played in the NBA together and for anyone who has followed Romar, he can deliver all of those same values that are listed as important to his decision.

Having your son play for your best friend, in a major conference will be big to Sonny!


I am sure he would be super stoked to leave playing in high school gyms, only to play in more high school gyms in college.

Rugeley, Staffs

Don't miss out on the Mission Jabari. Still one of the highlights of my life, even some 37 years after I returned home. The lights of fame fade and dim. The memories of your mission stay bright forever. (I played rugby at a high level. I remember fleeting moments of it, and I am not belittling those, but they are not what I class as defining moments for me.) When I look back at my life, however, many of the moments that define me as a person were learned from my Mission President, Arnold K Knapp and his wife Frances. As I put into practice their counsel, my life was forever enriched as I saw other lives change as the Gospel touched them. No riches or fame can ever replace such moments.

I wish you every success. Your talent is obviously a gift given you from God. What you do with that talent will be your gift to God. "Always live your life so that those who know you, but don't know Him, will want to know Him because they know you."

Madison, Ohio

I'd love for him to pick BYU. It sounds like he'll thrive wherever he chooses. I love these kids that give the church a good name wherever they end up.

Omaha, NE

Isn't it great that PAC12FAN and others have nothing better to do than to spend their evening browsing BYU articles? So many people are ADDICTED to BYU.

Maybe it's time to fast that this kid comes to BYU. Think of all the more attention BYU will get after BYU already had Jimmer, and the bball and football teams constantly making the top 25 on a regular basis and winning games in the postseason. Having this guy at BYU would great help BYUs profile, especially if he goes on a mission like he should. This kid goes to early morning seminary and is active. There couldn't be a better kid for BYU.


How refreshing! I wish this young man and his family nothing but success. I would never judge Jimmer for not going on a mission--it's such a personal decision--though I wonder sometimes if he ever regrets it. If Jabari chooses to serve for 2 years I will be amazed (not that he wouldn't, just that such a promising career and much $$$ would be placed on hold...). It would send a clarion message to all LDS super-ahtletes that, despite an elevated talent level, taking 2 years to give back, serve, learn, struggle, change, teach, suffer, love see lives change is and should be a priority. You can never get that opportunity back. I love his attitude, humility and example. Love for him to attend BYU, but I'll support him wherever he goes, whatever he chooses to do. God bless him and his family.

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