NevadaCoug: Your argument seems a little like comparing apples and
walnuts to me. These are the things I think we know:He
can play wherever he wants, go on his mission if he chooses to, or go straight
to the NBA. If heGoes on a mission, anyone would let him come back after
to polish up before going to the NBA. So far, so good?There is only
one place he can go to be surrounded for the first and last time of his life for
a year by people of his own faith. His missionary opportunity at the Y will be
different, not less, than at Duke or Kentucky.He is more likely to
win a national championship at Duke or Kentucky, where he would be recognized as
a great player on a great team, but not necessarily as a member of the church,
unless and until he announces his intent to serve a mission.He is
more likely to draw attention to the church as he helps BYU achieve heights that
undoubtedly they would not without him.So, three factors? Close to
home, national championship, BYU experience for a year.That's
how I see it.
"He has the talent to play one year in college and move on into the NBA
which is a talent level that BYU has never had."Um, isn't
that what Shawn Bradley did? Played one year at BYU, then went direct to the
NBA after his mission? Rare at BYU, but not 'never'.Let's not kid ourselves. It would be great if Parker decides to go to
BYU, but it isn't going to happen. This past spring, UNLV fans hoped and
thought that #1 ranked recruit Shabaz Muhammad would sign with UNLV. Instead,
he spurned offers by the local school, Duke, and Kentucky, and signed with UCLA.
BYU will not get this kid just because of his religion, just like UNLV
didn't get Muhammad just because he was the home town kid. Parker is going
I think that possible scenario (based on his stated intent to serve a mission)
is that we plays for a "one and done" school like Kentucky, UNC, Duke
where they are comfortable with getting a year from him. Then he goes out for
two and BYU's best bet is getting him on the flip side for a year as he
brushes off the rust before a run at the NBA Draft.
only a TINY percentage of mormons go to buy - take your blinders off. He can
have much greater influence on those with whom he associates if he attends a
school with a national spotlight (sorry byu ... your just the little chihuahua
barking around the big boys)LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE ... Jabari - go to
Duke, Kentucky, Georgetown, NC ... a program that consistently excels year after
year, not a regional team that gets noticed occasionally
Jabari, forget what everyone else is telling you to do. Just listen to the
spirit and do what the Lord wants you to do. We all know you are fully capable
of hearing the still, small voice as you are a very humble and faithful young
man. The BYU fan in me wants to see you lighting it up at the Marriott but the
disciple in me wants you to be like and follow the guidance of the spirit. May
the Lord bless you with inspiration to make your decision. You are AWESOME!!
Jabari, pick DePaul and stay in your home town. Chicago is a sweet city.
Corrupt, yes; incredibly so. But it has lots of potential. They likely need a
hometown hero. Go on a mission, then go back to DePaul, tear it up in basketball
and tell all those heathens there to shape up. They'll probably listen to
you. When I think about the few times I've been there, I think, what an
awesome city! Why do the people there have to be so ignorant? Maybe you can help
I hope Jabari choses a mission and then a few years at the Y. If that happens, I
will buy my kids a Parker BYU jersey - and I am a Utah fan.
"Service is the greatest example parents can give to their children …
your passport to heaven is service and Jesus Christ is the greatest example of
love."Only thing worth quoting from the article. Outstanding
comment from his mother and I agree!
@kfbobThat must be why BYU's current basketball recruiting
class is ranked #6 by ESPN huh? Not much respect there and obviously they are
struggling to recruit major talent if the best they can do is have the 6th
ranked recruiting class in the nation. And then the fact that they are in the
top 10 for the #1 recruit in the nation just shows all the more how correct you
are and how "recruiting major talent will be problematic". If he were to
commit all they would have is the #1 recruting class in the nation instead of
only the 6th ranked recruiting class in the nation. Man that is hard for us BYU
fans to deal with, being in the 2nd half of the top 10. The coaches must really
be slacking and obviously no "major talent" is interested in them.LOL!
Ute fans are chewing on their knuckles on this one. While no-one is arguing BYU
is in the mix because of religion (Bro. Archer), it's definitely in his top
10 because of their recent success!! I can understand why utes are screaming
religion is the only reason, if they didn't they would be forced to admit
the truth...BYU's got a excellent hoops program that the country is talking
re: Archer, you may super LDS but your red colored glasses are making you
bitter. By the way, Utah doesn't claim to have a high octane offense...just
As long as BYU is in the WCC, recruiting major talent will be problematic. Most
of the schools are quality programs but playing in a 3000 seat high school type
gym will always leave the cougars searching for basketball respect.
Imagine the Sports Illustrated story that will cover his mission call if he
chooses to go! My prediction is that BYU will definitely be in his top 5. After
that, nobody but he really knows. However, he may not play more than one or two
years of college basketball, especially if he goes on a mission. It
must be marvelous and excruciating to be Jabari and have so many big options and
decisions at hand.
I hope Gary Furniss recruited Jabari well. I know he has a strong love and
respect for the Polynesian people as he served in my father's mission, the
Tahiti Papeete Mission and served in the Cook Islands. Go Cougs!
Its obvious that Jabari is a unique individual and talent. He has the talent to
play one year in college and move on into the NBA which is a talent level that
BYU has never had. I personally think he would benefit to let his body mature
more by spending two years in college before moving on. If being a top five NBA
pick is his top priority then going to Kentucky, Duke, or North Carolina makes
the most sense. He will face the best teams in the nation on a regular basis
that will prepare him best for the NBA. Jabari however is very unique in terms
of maturity and priorities where money and fame don't rank as high as it
does for others with his talent and age. BYU would also provide a wonderful
unique experience he would not get at any of the other colleges, but would
likely cost him millions of dollars. Unlike Harmon, I think Jarbari can put his
faith front and center whether he picks BYU or not. Perhaps his recent injury
can serve as a reminder as to how quickly money had fame can go away.
Best wishes to Jabari. What I hope doesn't matter. Just do the right thing.
A prayerful solution is the answer.
Forget the mission. No sense unnecessarily hazing him for two years. Don't
hide his light under a bushel when he can immediately become THE most important
church ambassador outside of the general authorities. Let that boy spread his
If we want him to get out of the salt shaker, he should serve a mission. I
believe he's good enough to sevve a mission AND succeed in basketball. If a
mission costs him a few million dollars up front, he'll still make many
more millions afterward. And, let's face it, how many millions of dollars
will he and his family really need to get along. How do you put a price on the
service he could save and on the young men he could influence with his example?
all Don't misinterpret my thoughts here. A young man's
life is not over if he doesn't serve amission. He can still go on to great
heights...and do wonderful things...but he will have missed a wonderful
opportunity to do much good.
The other schools are like "table salt." Not good for much. BYU would
be like the good Kosher salt that good chefs use.Go to BYU and the good
exposure will be a great thing.If you don't go play for the best and
classiest coach on your list. Roy and UNC!!!!!!
Is Roger Reid available to help recruit Jabari? I hear hear he can be pretty
RE: 3grandslamsI'm super LDS, but there's not way Parker
would have BYU in his top 10 if he weren't LDS. Welcome to reality, my
friend. BYU has "high octane basetball?" Yeah, so does every other
basketball team, according to their fans.
I agree, the selfish part of me says "COME TO BYU".If we are
the salt of the earth, what good does it do to stay in the salt shaker? Just
imagine the influence Jabari could have outside of the salt shaker.
Rivals like to say BYU's only chance is religion. I don't think so.
BYU offers high standards but also high octane basketball and incredible talent.
Jimmer put BYU on the map in current basketball circles and they are not slowing
down. With the talent that is coming and current, Jabari would be surrounded by
some incredible players and great opportunitites. Let's face it, Jabari
could play for anyone and he'll get noticed and his NBA pick. It's
just a matter of his comfort level and how things other than basketball fall
into place for him.
What a terrific young lad!
I'm sure he'll be great no matter where he goes and will do a lot of
good, but the selfish part of me is really hoping he will come to BYU!