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Published: Thursday, Dec. 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

At BYU Parker would have absolutely no chance of any semblance of a normal college experience.

Fellow BYU students and media would make his life miserable.

Schools like Duke are used to high profile basketball stars. I can't imagine that he would be hounded at Duke like he will be at BYU if that is the path he chooses.

Remember when The Jimmer wasn't allowed to attend classes because his presence was too disruptive? Remember the BYU student body pushing the limits of dignified recruitment with t-shirts and a rap video urging Parker to choose BYU?

When it comes to its athletic heros the BYU community just doesn't know when enough is enough.

Salt Lake City, UT

Sorry, information overload. Enough is enough and in this case, too much. Good wishes to this fine young man, but we are losing interest. Michigan State, BYU or wherever will survive his decision.

Lindon, UT

I think Howard S. is jealous!!

Enterprise, UT

He will make the right choice what ever it is because Jabari is all about making right choices.

Springville, UT

Please stop this nonsense. He is not going to BYU. Get over it.

Richmond, VA

Ok, since no one is giving BYU a chance on this one, I'm going to boldly predict, against all odds, that JP will be a Cougar. Now there, it's all settled now so you can all stop speculating and go on with your business. And if he doesn't, well, we still wish him the best wherever he ends up.

Go Cougs!

Granstville, UT

Howard is spot on, the problem comes when some people can't handle the truth.

Taylorsville, Utah

Jabari's going to announce on Dec. 20 where he's going to play college ball. B.Y.U. plays the Poinsettia Bowl that evening. He's coordinating his announcement to come to the Y on that day. Lighten up folks. I'll support the young man where ever he decides to play ball at.

West Jordan, UT

I heard he was a little freaked out when there were full grown men wearing t-shirts made for him during his visit to BYU. Howard isn't just right, he is spot on. Parker would be mauled even more than the Jimmer because he would be a "star" from the beginning. Every move would be scrutinized. Everywhere he went he would be on someones cell phone camera. The really spooky thing is that it would be more than just his fellow students...it would be the old 45 year old men who are calling their 45 year old buddies telling them to say they just ran into Jabrari at the BYU Creamery and inviting them to "get over here quick" to see Jabari eat a bowl of ice cream. BYU, and Provo in general, are very over the top.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

BYU took themselves out of the picture with that odd t-shirt and the associated display by fans when he officially tripped to BYU. That display crossed the line from welcoming to creepy/stalker-ish. Jabari even told a newspaper back in Michigan that what BYU did was "a little weird."

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

He's going to byu. It's a done deal.

Lindon, UT

And the U and the MUSS wouldn't have done anything similar to lure a top recruit?


I'm not expecting him to come to BYU either. Going to be Duke or Michigan State. But I love seeing the stress it is causing the Utesies. Love seeing the negative comments above by our usual "all-things-BYU" faithful. The more publicity BYU gets with these high-profile athletes, the more we hear from them. Keep it coming!

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