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Published: Wednesday, June 13 2012 6:00 a.m. MDT

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Heber City, UT

Sounds like a wonderful young man. Parents are doing it right and he is making the right choices. Oh, how I would love to see him at the Y, but I doubt it will be his final choice.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Nice kid. He'll have a great influence on his teammates at Duke.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

say it isn't so. what about the pac 10 plus 2? Utah? How could he do such a thing?
Well he is classy!

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

We all doubt Jabari will choose the Y. We all doubt he'll go on a mission. But sometimes, we are just wrong. I'm confident that when Jabari boils it down to a final decision, there will be 4 choices - Duke, either KY or MSU, BYU or mission followed by going to one of those schools. But it does seem like he is one of those special ones that come along every 20 years or so.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

What a great kid. Can't wait to watch the interview.

As if he cared what I think about his choice of schools, but...Duke will ruin him. Soft nobodys come from there. How about a real program that makes you tough enough to win an NBA championship. There are a dozen schools I would take over the dukies.

Othello, WA

Love this story! Could do without all the sappy, fawning over Couric, who didn't exactly tear up the ratings with her nightly news anchoring stint, but I do enjoy hearing about this kid. A humble, non-street-thug in todays basketball world is rare. Hope to keep hearing more and more about him being the real deal!

St. George, UT

If he is smart he'll go to UNC and play for the classiest coach in the country. (And the best program)

the greater outdoors, UT

Good to see Couric in church for once in her life. Hope it didn't scar her too much.

Surprised Obama hasn't tried to take him one on one.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

It's a shame to me that, based on his talent, any coach in the country would be happy to accommodate a mission while those less talented either have to choose a University that is misison friendly or just not even serve. I'm glad that Parker will at least have support if he chooses to serve but am disappointed for all the other Mormon athletes who would like to serve but are limited.

It'd sure be something if he chose BYU, but he'll have a great experience most anywhere he goes.

Salt Lake City, UT

What a remarkable, classy young man. With his boatloads of talent and his level-headed, down-to-earth personality, he will be a great asset to the sport of basketball, as well as a great ambassador for his faith.

Lehi, UT

Will BYU get another "J", so Y fans can change from "Jimmered" to "Jabaried"? ...LOL! Anyway, he will still be great whereever he decides to go, since he's already got his foundation planted. Good luck to this wonderful young man. I'm already a fan.

Ken Sisler
Newmarket, Ontario

I think Jabari Parker is already one of the greatest missionaries we have. What a great person he is!

Orem, UT

At least they gave them some free basketballs out of it? weird.

Kjirstin Youngberg
Mapleton, UT

Love to see exemplary young men in any field...but, yeah, ya did kinda kiss Katie Couric's feet in this article. I know...we're all in awe of her* but this article bordered on reverence. Please. She's a flippin' reporter, for goodness sake.

*I'll never forget my excitement when I covered the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, and saw her step from a limo. Giddy with excitement, I squealed her name, and she turned around and smiled at me. I automatically snapped a photo of her, but did I get anything newsworthy? Does the top of Mario Cuomo's head count? I also got a shot of the fake Father Guido Sarducci (comedian Don Novello) and at one point found myself in a private, black-curtained hallway where I nearly ran into Gary Hart. I took his picture, too, but he looked like a petrified jackrabbit, and I couldn't use it. Later, he bowed out in disgrace over another photo that emerged of a sweet young thing sitting on his lap in a boat. My, how times have changed.

Bountiful, UT

I find this weird. Every time an LDS person does something exciting people here in Utah automatically act as if he is one of them. He has nothing to do with Utah. Give it a rest.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

"Surprised Obama hasn't tried to take him one on one."

@Charles, it is kind of surprising. It wouldn't be the first time Obama attempted to do something he ultimately ends up failing miserably at.

That being said, I really hope he chooses BYU, but like most people I don't think he will. However, the possibility is there, and a relatively good chance, too (meaning it's significantly greater than 0).

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Regarding the Katie Couric references,

I wouldn't really call that fawning or kissing her feet. She has certainly earned the accolades given her here and elsewhere.


Whether you meant "in Church" or "in an LDS Church" I actually wouldn't be suprizied if Katie Couric said she has religious beliefs or had been in an LDS meetinghouse before. Who knows, she may have even attended the full 3 hour block. You never know. I don't know that any of us can really say whether she is a religious person or not.


Being that the people getting excited can qualify Jabari as a member of the LDS Church, members will get excited. The fact that Utah has a higher than average LDS population, is home to the headquarters of the LDS Church, this paper is owned by the LDS Church- may have something to do with it.

With respect, what's weird isn't the association or attention given by LDS members who reside in this state; However, it is weirder to me to question why a crowd with a sizable LDS membership would pay attention to other members when in the public spotlight.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Okay, this is about Jabari and Katie on Good Morning America. I'll make sure that I will watch tomorrow morning show at 8 AM.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

ute alumni: Not sure what you're talking about.
You do realize that when you claim a group or individual doesn't have class, that you have no class, right? Even thinking it shows that person has no class.

Murray, utah

I think his Mom lived in Utah. Don't know but that could be a Utah tie.

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