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Published: Wednesday, May 16 2012 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Lincoln, NE

Jabari is and will continue to be a role model.

Tuscaloosa, AL

Great story. I'll be a fan of this guy wherever he decides to go to school.

Alpine Coug
Alpine, UT

What a wonderful and delightful young man blessed with a rare combination of faith, athleticism, and humility. Kudos to Jabari's father and mother for raising such an outstanding man. Will not even dare dream about him choosing BYU for his obvious "one and done" college career-since it is the longest of long shots. But wherever he ends up, I will look forward to following Jabari's future collegiate and professional careers. We should be extremely thankful for this young athlete and for the light and goodness that emanates from him.

Boise, ID

Ton of pressure put on someone so young. He seems to be handling it with grace and hopefully he can continue. Hope to see him at the Y but will follow him regardless of where he goes.

Interesting timing with the election. A black LDS kid from Chicago...Go Jabari!

Maricopa, AZ

So nice to see a good young man with good character and morals.
I really don't care if he becomes as good as LJ as long he stays true to his heart.
After dumping the team he grew up with as a rookie, LJ jumped ship for the $$$ and a title.
And he's still waiting on the title.

Best of luck Jabari!

Salem, UT

Now we know the "Mormom Momement" is real- the cover of SI- the stuff that really matters in American culture and economics

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

Great! A black LDS athlete from Chicago will enroll in BYU. I wonder how Utah County will react if he decides to vote for President Obama this November?

Vancouver, BC

Very cool!! Good luck to him. He is going to be under extreme pressure.

Lake Elsinore, CA

I, and 7,999,999 other people, will officially forgive Chris Burgess, if Jabari Parker comes to BYU.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

@AZRods - yes he is 1/2 black and 1/2 Poly which tells me why he is a reletive to Harvey Unga.

Nice article about his lds faith and well documented. Good luck of your choices (college, mission or nba). I won't be disapointed if he chose elsewhere and Dave Rose won't say anything negative like Chris Burgas went through.

Salt Lake City, UT

As a BYU fan/alum I hold on to a hope that he will come to BYU. But I agree it is unlikely. Either way I will be cheering for him all the way (although probably not his team depending on where he goes). He sounds like a great kid and a great representative of the Church.

Lehi, UT

Great story! I am impressed with Jabari - a rarity in today's world of young people and sports. He is going to be an influence for good among many. BYU or not, I'm a fan of his already. Wishing him the best!

Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

Seems like a good kid and one that will make a great missionary. He seems too promising and too on the ball to waste his talents on the Y. Given his upbringing, he obviously has no need for the security blanket and perceived advantage of having many other Mormons around. As for his prospects of coming to the U, well, I will let you Y fans make jokes about that.

Look forward to following him. Good luck to him.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Nice article! I enjoyed reading it and look forward to seeing what comes of Jabari. I wish him the best. In regard to no high school athlete gracing the cover of SI between Lebron and Bryce Harper though, I think you missed Sebastian Telfair in March of 2004.

Waianae, HI

I really want to stay within the lines on this and say that he is a good kid and will one day be a great pro player, weather he serves a Mission or not. Donny nor Marie served Missions and both are indirectly responsible for more people being in the the Church then would have been had they served Missions. Some of those people are in Leadership positions today, some served Missions and now their children serve Missions and the beat goes on.

You cannot point to a kid and tell your kids hay look at that kid that's your Role Model and Hero. What would the difference be if he was a White Ball Player. What does the pigmentation of his skin have to do with good grades or good behavior. "well he don't act like the rest of them" the rest of what! So he has had a good upbringing and it shows so what.

Practice should not be held on Sunday anyhow. What about the 2nd string Baptist kid who wants to go to church. Except for the Basketball Skill I see No Exception here. I see Greater Expectation from adults. But Why?

Rexburg, ID

Re: Go Utes

Don't worry about jokes coug fans will make about Jabari not going to the U. It really is no joking matter. Besides, the thought probably never even remotely crossed his mind to play for Utah; that would have been a serious waste of time and talent.

san angelo, tx

wonderful...I am so happy for him and his family...I hope he continues along these lines and dosent let fame get to his head..he has to remember that God is above all things...ever after and always....good luck jabari...and GOD BLESS YOU...keep it up...

Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

Good luck kid, you will need it.

Charlotte, NC

@California Cougar:

Chris Burgess did NOTHING that needed forgiveness. He followed his heart and we loved having him here. It is very sad that there are some LDS members (well meaning as they are) who put so much pressure on these kids to abandon their dreams and attend BYU. Some of them are down right hateful when they do not choose BYU. The brethren have made is VERY clear that there is no obligation of any kind for an LDS athlete to attend BYU. In fact, in my opinion, it is when the salt leaves the shaker that it does the most good. I hope this young man will follow his dreams and go to the best school he can go to. He will be an outstanding role model wherever he goes.


I love how some give him credit just for being LDS. "He's gained a follower" or "I'll follow his career" .... Would you guys care about him at all if he wasn't? Would this had made the DNews front page?

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