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Published: Monday, Nov. 5 2012 1:09 p.m. MST

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Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

"How do they know he won't hang a left on 900 East and end up at the Missionary Training Center instead of the Marriott Center?"

- It's still Provo-

Uncle Rico Knows
Salt Lake City, UT

Nobody in their right mind would give up a chance to play at Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Stanford, and the likes to play for a team in the West Coast Conference. Face it, I don't think he will be chosing BYU. No doubt in my mind!

SportsFan
Orem, UT

It's sad that Brad's attempts at humor are often so inane.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

Rude awakening if he comes to Provo. Not diverse like Chicago ...

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

Uncle Rico's Nose

Inconceivable as it may seem to some of the jealous kids on the hill, top flight athletes often baffle the so-called experts and make choices based on what the athlete feels is the best fit for him personally.

It wouldn't be surprising to see Jabari pick another school.

But, it also wouldn't be a bit surprising to see him pick BYU.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

Uncle Rico,
Thanks for your unbiased perspective. I will file your opinion under the heading Clueless Comments.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

And I wouldn't be surprised with the new age requirement to see Jabari go straight to the MTC. After two years on a mission, he could go to the NBA with no college requirement. If he does this, there will be five very disappointed colleges. But it makes the most sense if he wants to serve.

I don't see him playing his Freshman year, then going on a mission, then going to the NBA or back to college.

gchris
rock springs, wy

@Uncle Rico

May be news to you, but Jabari has already passed on Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas and will visit BYU last, maybe for a reason. Playing for BYU in the WCC, Parker would be seen on national television every game, either ESPN or BYUtv. And, LValfre, Parker will have all the diversity he wants or needs at BYU and I'm sure he won't be "rudely awakened. BYU happens to have the greatest racial and ethnic diversity in the world, but most of all, Jabari would be among his "kind" and I'm not talking about race.

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

CougFaninTX

I don't think he could go straight to the NBA after a mission and without college. I believe the requirement is to wait four years if he doesn't choose college?

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

The anticipation of where Parker might sign will end someday right?

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@gchris

"BYU happens to have the greatest racial and ethnic diversity in the world"

Either you're ill-informed or you're lying. I'll assume you're ill-informed. It's hard to comprehend such a far-fetched statement like you've just made.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@Kralon - "I don't think he could go straight to the NBA after a mission and without college. I believe the requirement is to wait four years if he doesn't choose college?"

Sorry, but you are not correct. The rules that started in the 2006 draft are:

1. All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft.

2. Any player who is not an "international player", as defined in the CBA, must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.

3. The "one year out of high school" requirement is in addition to the age requirement.

The rules say nothing about what the player does for the one year removed from high school. I'm betting Jabari will either commit to BYU or go on a mission next year.

Zoniezoobie
Mesa, AZ

Jabari will do what he wants. If I was Jabari, I would rank my top 5 as follows...Duke, Stanford, BYU, Michigan State, and Florida. I don't believe he will serve a mission. His career will be more of an impact. In reality, if his goal is a national championship, BYU comes in 5th behind Duke, Florida, Michigan State, and Stanford.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Just hope there will be a full house at the MC that will impress him. Just have fun Jabari.

Utah'95
FPO, AE

gchris,

My guess is that you define "racial and ethnic diversity" differently than most people.

According to BYU:

-6% of students are "international students."

-14% of students are "minorities."

-1.5% of students are "non-LDS."

Those statistics may qualify as "diverse" in Rock Springs, WY. But to most of the world, that's about as homogeneous as it gets.

By the way, I am a BYU grad. Been there, done that....

TruBlueAggie25
Logan, UT

I may be wrong, but I think that if he serves a mission, (anyone know if he has actually said anything about that?), he will do it before going to any university and then will go to BYU for at least a year. I think that would be more likely because all athletes that serve missions lose a little during their missions because they aren't focused on it. They have to get back in athletic shape, put the muscle weight back on and dust of their abilities. I think he would go to BYU with the opportunity to do just that, and learn a little more about basketball. I think it would be BYU because BYU will allow that 2 year wait without any problem. If Duke would do the same, then he would go to Duke.

After all of that, it all depends on him. And our speculations are irrelevant. I wish him the best with whatever decision he makes.

NewMexicoUte
Palmdale, CA

Like Manti Te'o in football, this high school recruit could choose a high profile basketball program whose chances of going to a Final Four and championship game are much greater than BYU. If he were to go to BYU, he would probably go because he is a devout Mormon and take his chances that they hopefully get to a Final Four if that is his dream/goal. But judging by all these Jabari articles from the DNs, I've never seen a school and fan base such as BYU so obsessed with a high school recruit. Hopefully he doesn't disappoint the BYU fan base. I'd rather not have high expectations on any high school recruit and then get letdown. I'd rather be surprised. But to each its own.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@newmexicoute

"I'd rather not have high expectations on any high school recruit and then get letdown. "

I don't think you need to worry about it. No top ranked recruit in any sport has ever considered utah at all. At BYU we are actually pretty accostumed to it. In just the last 3 years the #1 and #2 qb recruits in the nation have both picked BYU. About 10 years ago Ben Olsen was widely considered the #1 overall football recruit in the nation when he signed with BYU. Likewise the big olineman from Texas that signed with BYU that same year was rated the #1 lineman recruit in the country. Michael Smith was the #1 basketball recruit in the nation the year he signed with BYU, I believe Shawn Bradley was considered the #2 recruit behind Shaquille O'Neil. Haloti Ngata was the #1 defensive line recruit in the nation the year he picked Oregon over BYU on signing day to the chagrine of his mother and father.

Now they did not all turn out but that isn't the point. The point is BYU actually gets considered, and picked by some of the very top recruits in the country fairly regularly.

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

"the big olineman from Texas that signed with BYU that same year was rated the #1 lineman recruit in the country."

That one dude from Texas that was #1 must have been a real get since you can't even remember his name.

lol

mightymite
DRAPER, UT

There was a U pipeline dream is done. Sorry Blue...

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