I understand his decision but i still don't like duke and will root
against him as I did burgess. Go BYU, go Lone Peak!
Nice Mortoon! Real classy.I don't know why the cougs need
Jabari anyway, with byU Alpine, they will dominate and win a NC.
I guess we'll have to "Duke it out" for a while before we put this
issue to rest.
He's a one and done regardless of where he plays.He's really too
big for any college.Without the NBA rule he skips college altogether.Duke isn't known for preparing players for the NBA.It's
too bad he chose Duke where a former BYU Professor, now a Duke advisor, wrote a
scathing/bigoted article on BYU and the LDS Church.Hopefully Jabari
maintains his core values and is a light and example to everybody...ala
Bryce Parker, Manti Teo and scores of other Profesional LDS athletes.Good luck Jabari, remember your roots, it's a rough/tempting environment
you are about to enter.
Hard to understand. I guess some of the things we have heard about him are not
Congratulations Jabari.... obviously the kid made the right decission for him!
I wish him the best of luck at Duke and into the NBA. I will be a big fan no
what are you talking about Wayne? Whats "hard to understand" ?
Interesting. I brought up the "Chris Burgess-Roger Reid" story in a
comment just yesterday, but was censored. My comment was fewer than 50-words,
yet Brad Rock gets to write an entire article about it.Well, I guess
that just goes to show how inconsistent our moderators are on this thread.
Maybe it's different now with Parker because BYU basketball is in a much
different spot today than it was back then. BYU really needed Burgess and had
lost Bradley early to the NBA. Today's BYU is more consistent in year in
and year out recruiting than Reid ever was, thus less impact by not getting
@Wayne... care to explain what is not true about this kid now... that he picked
Duke. We have a couple of wards worth of LDS kids and their young families here
at Duke... what is it they did wrong too? I mean, if you are in El
Paso... you obviously didn't choose Zion (aka Utah Valley).... whats the
I'm really happy for Jabari. I'm sure he's made a great decision.
He will have a great run at Duke. If he plays one year and just blows up, he may
have to think hard about jumping to the league. If he's good, but not
remarkable, maybe he pulls the trigger on his mission dream. In which case,
maybe we (BYU fans) would be lucky to get him for a "rehab" year
thereafter, before he enters the Draft. In any event, he'll touch a lot of
people with his humility, his work ethic, his family ties, and his faith.
He'll learn to respond to the question "what makes you different?"
and he'll be ready for what's next. Good luck, Mr Parker. SammFan -
I didn't really expect Parker to come to BYU, even though I hoped he would.
From all I've heard, he seems to be a good kid and I wish him the best.
My only concern is actually for him personally. At BYU, he would have been a
standout talent following in the wake of recent success. At Duke, there are 12
other guys pretty much as good as he is, and he may become the next Burgess that
doesn't pan out. On the flip side, it will be nice to hopefully
not have a story about him every other day.
Was Duke the right choice for Jabari? Well, only time will truly tell, but
I'm an LDS BYU fan, and I would've gone to Duke in heartbeat. Now, did
he disappoint a ton of Mormons? Of course! I'm disappointed, as are
probably hundreds of thousands (millions? Probably not) of others. But that
doesn't mean he made the wrong choice.
Smart decision, young Mr. Parker. Many of us are confident that you will do
well. As long as you keep playing hard and follow your convictions, no one will
have the right to feel disappointed or let down.
@ Naval Vet Cut and paste much?
burgess wanted to play at Duke, well he attented for a while never did play then
You forgot to mention Matt Christensen, the LDS standout prep player in
Massachusetts who played for Duke, served a mission with the support of Coach K,
then returned to play after his mission. He was on the 2001 Duke Championship
team. During his time there, he also served as the second counselor in the
bishopric in his YSA ward. Matt graduated from Duke and is now a successful
IMHO Duke has one of the classiest coaches and programs in the country. They and
Syracuse are the ones I cheer for when I'm not pulling for BYU. Here's
wishing all the best to young Mr. Parker however long he is there.
I think Duke has exceeded its allotment of top caliber players. Time to spread
around the talent.
We know MANY active LDS who are NOT BYU sports fans. One of our daughters and
her husband are BYU graduates...but not the sterotype who feel they must cheer
for BYU. I liked the bumper sticker "My Money and my Daughter go
to BYU" which was true for us (although the money part is not as true as it
was 20 years ago). We were also alienated against BYU because of the obnoxious
attitude that Mormons are apostates if they don't support BYU sports.
Hey Brad - it's just "Ukraine", not "the Ukraine". Just
Hey Allen#2, is that as obnoxious as the Aggies I have to work with who despise
BYU, no matter what?I'm a Y alum, and I feel no need to root
for BYU sports, but I also feel no need to root against them, or anyone else.
Seems like a LOT of fans in Utah could use some more time learning about the
golden rule, and less time worrying about who to boo.Hope the kid
has a good experience at Duke, and that he can attain the goals he has set for
himself, whatever they may be.
I don't care about where this kid goes. Hope he likes Duke.At
least he doesn't have to play for the tyrant Majarus..
Coach K hit it out of the park when he said that he is Catholic but he never
felt that he was required to go to Notre Dame or coach at Notre Dame. The same
is true of LDS students. The LDS church large enough and diverse enough that
young adults can go anywhere they want. They don't need to go to BYU and
should not feel obligated to go to BYU. It is not a personal rejection of the
church or its sports fans if they do not choose BYU. AND far more good can come
of it when an LDS athlete shines elsewhere (Look at all the positive publicity
Manti Teo got for the church for example) There are good solid LDS Institutes at
virtually every major college campus. Some of the more extreme BYU fans need to
take a deep breath and try to understand that you can be an active LDS and not
attend BYU. A lot of kids want to go to BYU and can't. A lot of kids can go
to BYU and don't want to. Everybody has their individual preferences and
Sammfan, apparently you missed the news he is not going to serve a missionThebig1 your statement is somewhat funny because that is what the
article said.Allen2 you are sadly influenced by a minority group.One article said when Jabari's team played Lone Peak in tounaments
they were beaten by Lone Peak. Perhaps seeing many of those players committed
to BYU and he was not sure about his playing time. Just a thought. I
wish him success.
Its late to comment here, but I remind that BYU has not won the NCAA basketball
championship, ever, nor made the final 4. That is a wonderment to me...why
can't the Cougars win it, why does it always have to be Duke, or just
certain elite teams? Answer may be D&C 130:20-21, perhaps it is not the
nature of BYU to be so single-mindedly basketball that they obey the law by
which a blessing of NCAA Champs may be obtained? Kyle Collinsworth
is certainly a Jabarri-Parker type of player, though a few inches shorter, and
no Parker means Kyle has had opportunity to play, develop. As a BYU fan,
I'm routing for him to improve, help take the Cougs to at least the Final