Dick Harmon: Mormon mega-recruit Jabari Parker still uncertain about future


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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 24, 2012 8:23 a.m.


    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 he
    Goes 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.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Aug. 23, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    "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 elsewhere.

  • SammFan Sammamish, WA
    Aug. 22, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    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.

  • weathered siding San Antonio, TX
    Aug. 22, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    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

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 10:54 p.m.

    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!!

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    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 them Jabari!

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Aug. 21, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    "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!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 2:33 p.m.


    That 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.


  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 21, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    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 about.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 21, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    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 saying.

  • kfbob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    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.

  • BlueRampage American Fork, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    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.

  • ed in atl Duluth, GA
    Aug. 21, 2012 12:08 p.m.

    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!

  • Cougar289 Treloar, MO
    Aug. 21, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    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.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    Best wishes to Jabari. What I hope doesn't matter. Just do the right thing. A prayerful solution is the answer.

  • Archer Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 21, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    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 wings!

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    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.

  • JParkerfan St. George, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    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!!!!!!

  • Penguin Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 21, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    Is Roger Reid available to help recruit Jabari? I hear hear he can be pretty persuasive.

  • Archer Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 21, 2012 7:08 a.m.

    RE: 3grandslams

    I'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.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Aug. 21, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    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.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 21, 2012 6:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Penguin Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 21, 2012 4:41 a.m.

    What a terrific young lad!

  • bjspack Orem, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 12:06 a.m.

    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!