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Published: Friday, Nov. 30 2012 8:30 p.m. MST

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Mesa, AZ

Jabari also said he won't decide on which university until January or February..

Mark from Montana
Aurora, CO

Having decided not to serve a mission, I predict he will go anywhere but BYU.

Beverly Hills, CA

It is his life for him to exercise his agency and no one else's.

Germantown, MD

Does this mean he has said he won't be going on a mission at all? Or just that he won't go next year and there is still a possibility the following year? I didn't see any not that made me think the second isn't still an option. Can anyone clear this up?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


True, and no one is telling him what to do. But, as a public figure (which he most certainly is), he is in the arena and subject to comments from posters that will express their opinion--just as you do yours.

Springville, Ut

Why does it matter? Why is it our business? Why are we allowed to comment on this? Move along DN.

South Jordan, UT

There are definitely more important things to think about than this! Let it rest until it happens!

Window Rock, AZ

The circus has come and gone. He'll probably go where the money is.

Elk Hair Caddis
Sandy, UT

He is already doing missionary work. He is a great example. Not sure a white shirt and tie will increase his effectiveness in this area.

Everett, WA

Manti Teo has shown a great example at Notre Dame. Jabari can do likewise at a school other than BYU. Jimmer & Steve Young did not serve formal missions. Jabari would be in that category of athlete and beyond.

Dietrich, ID

He will play one year before his mission. Thing is I never heard a church leader give alternate service for star athletes to excuse them from missions if they are worthy and able.

Orem, UT


The church has never made any formal announcement for alternative service for star athletes, but church leaders also recognize that the positive press the church receives by athletes setting a good example can be an extremely powerful missionary tool for the church.

Just imagine how much positive publicity the church could receive through a true super-star, black, LDS athlete like Jabari being constantly asked about how his religious beliefs influence his life.

There are many ways to serve the Lord that don't fall within the established norm.

It's Jabari's choice to decide how he will serve the Lord.


The kid looks 6' 8" and skinny. Could he really play on the college level as a starter a year from now? Two years just might beef him up and get him physically and mentally ready for the next level. His choice and ours to watch.

Little Andy
Tremonton, UT

Tough decision for this young man. I wish him well and hope he remembers his roots..It is great to have free agency and have our own choice..

Orem, UT


"The kid looks 6' 8" and skinny. Could he really play on the college level as a starter a year from now?"

Are you kidding? The "kid" could go straight to the NBA if he didn't have to wait until he was 19.


President Spencer W. Kimball said:

“The question is frequently asked: Should every young man fill a mission? And the answer has been given by the Lord. It is ‘Yes.’ Every young man should fill a mission. …

Provo, , UT

Elk Hair Caddis

Missionary work isn't just about effectiveness. It's about forgetting ones self and going to work.

salt lake city, UT

@bluecoug hahaha no he couldnt.

Salt Lake City, Utah


"hahaha no he couldnt"

You're simply demonstrating how little you know about basketball by disputing that Jabari already has the talent to go straight from HS to the NBA.

Kearns, UT

Hope he changes his mind and goes. His brother is a good example for him that he ought to follow.

Frankly the best high school player in the USA only averaging 18.9 points a game, doesn't indicate to me that he's the best. A couple of extra years of maturity would help him a lot. Just look at Haws for BYU. The dude is 8 months off of a mission and averaging over 20 points a game.

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