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Published: Monday, Aug. 20 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Orem, UT

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!

Penguin Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah

What a terrific young lad!

Iowa City, IA

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.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

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.

Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

Penguin Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah

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

St. George, UT

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!!!!!!

Orem, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, Utah

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!

Spanish Fork, UT

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

Treloar, MO

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.

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

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!

American Fork, UT

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.


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.

Iowa City, IA

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.

Iowa City, IA

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.

Highland, UT


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.


Uncle Charles
Where freedom and liberty reign, utah

"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!

Bountiful, UT

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.

Sandy, UT

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!

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