Perhaps he could have been a star at BYU.... but the church doesn't need
stars in Utah... it really doesn't. As has been asked from the pulpit many
times over, we need to build the church around the world, not just in Utah. Not
every kid can go to BYU, nor Idaho. We need thriving LDS communities at all
the good schools in the nation. This will be a boon for the LDS communities
around UNC and Duke - and even by extension NC State. Sometimes the net effect
is far greater than just basketball... it has far larger impact. In this
case, yes, he gets to play for Coach K, but he also helps build a strong student
community at our local universities. The impact of his decision
goes well beyond basketball itself.
Would have been fun to see him a BYU, but who wouldn't pick Duke in his
situation? Great talent, smart move on his part, and from what I've always
heard about Duke, he will receive support for his beliefs and values. Coach K is
the perfect mentor for a young talent with values that especially include
Nice letter from a ute fan. Jabari is going to be successful wherever he goes.
He could have been a legend at BYU now he is just one more good player from
Duke. If he only plans to play for one year, it would have been more of a
challenge and more entertaining to see him at BYU.Either way I wish
him only the best. Seems like a fine young man who will be successful at any
level. Good luck to him and his family!