@motorbikeThat "list" is nothing more than the list of
schools that have offered Jabari a scholarship. Since he has not yet come out
and said any of them are either under consideration or not under consideration
they simply are all listed. UVU would be on that list if they had offered him a
scholarship but obviously, and unlike utah, they have the good sense to know
they have no chance at all of getting him so they decided not to propogate a
sham to try and make it appear that they are a consideration.
@Mick"Diversity at the U? What a joke. It is a commuter school full of
utahns. What do you mean by diversity? Alcohol use?"Nahhh,
diversity at the UofU means wearing a goatee
Can you imagine 7 years at the Y and still being considered a
"Freshman"? I heard it from a very good source that that 7 year period
was spent on roaming the campus looking for his class.
@Otis"Other than that, be prepared to have overcrowded classes, long
lines for everything and very little interaction with your teachers."That must explain your 7 yr plan for graduation.
If BB is all that matters in life - Kentucky and Calipari are the place. If life
is what matters in BB - BYU is the place.
@NevadaCoug -In regard to your comment on diversity at BYU ... I
will absolutely agree that BYU is more diverse than people give it credit for,
including myself in my earlier comment. As you mentioned, there are people from
all over the world that go to school at BYU and that certainly does makes it
diverse.However, no one can argue that it is a very Caucasian campus.
I'm not saying solely Caucasian, but VERY Caucasian. So is Utah by the way,
but not as much so.My comment was "[Utah] has a much more diverse team
and student body which an African American from the midwest may appreciate."
I would tweak that comment to read: There are more African American
players on the team at Utah and in the student body, while still having at least
3 other LDS players in 2013 and a large LDS student population. Both could both
be appealing to an athlete who is both African American and Mormon.
Seven years as a freshman will guarantee long lines and large classes.
Like others, I'm getting tired of those who say there is not diversity at
BYU. By "no diversity", what they are saying is that BYU doesn't
have a significant black population.But BYU IS a diverse school. I
had friends and roommates from all over the world at BYU: England, Bolivia,
Colombia, Chile, Australia, India, Africa, Germany, New Zealand, China, just to
name a few. Not many Universities can make a claim to the level of diversity
that BYU truly has. Instead, people just go there and look at skin color.
Otis,I'm currently at BYU. I'm sure that some of the
freshman and sophomore classes are crowded with no interaction with teachers,
but I can almost guarantee the same will be true at any of the universities he
is considering. However, as a senior he will have much, much smaller classes
and lots of interaction with the teachers. What you describe as being problems
are pretty universal problems with large universities.To those
saying he won't chose BYU or the WCC because they don't have a history
of producing talent like the ACC and Big East, don't speak too soon. Being
a good player means you are a good player, and playing at BYU (where talent
isn't as deep as it is in the ACC) can bring that out more and make you
shine more. Look at Jimmer!I'm not saying he will pick BYU,
and I'll be surprised if he does, but he may see good basketball reasons to
choose BYU. Don't count it out just yet. He'll probably go Duke or
UNC, in my opinion.
Sorry to burst your bubble, motorbike, but Utah isn't on Scouts'
listBYU may only have a slim chance of landing Jabari, but
Utah's chances of landing Jabari are ZERO.BYUConnecticutDePaulDukeIllinoisKansasKentuckyLouisvilleMichigan StateNorth CarolinaNorthwesternOhio
Diversity at the U? What a joke. It is a commuter school full of utahns. What
do you mean by diversity? Alcohol use? There is plenty of diversity
at BYU with many students coming from many different states and countries. Many
different languages spoken on campus. Many different cultures. I went to BYU
and didn't have one friend or roomate from Utah. You can't say that
at the U of U, the commuter school of the west.
The chances of him going to utah are slim and none. Why would anyone want to
play on a team that would be at the bottom of the WCC? crickets.
@Cougarista - c'mon, you need to do better than 2 point guards from the WCC
that were big time pros. Kentucky, NC, and Duke frequently send 2 players to
the pros every year; not over 2 decades. The kid ultimately may go to BYU
but it won't be because of the history the WCC has of developing pro
players. If that is a concern he will go the the Big 10, Big East, or the ACC.
@Striker -Actually Utah will have at least 3 LDS players next year.
In addition to that, they have a much more diverse team and student body which
an African American from the midwest may appreciate.As for other reasons
one might choose the U, how about playing time, belief in a new coaching staff
and playing in the Pac 12 ... and spare me the WCC was better this year ... one
year out of 100 doesn't mean diddly.But the bottom line is this, I
never said I believed he'll end up at the U ... just as I don't
believe he'll end up at the Y ... there's no need to pretend I said
something I didn't.
Motorbike, why would a top recruit go to a school that can only get six wins in
a season, and quadruple the losing seasons than winning in the last several
years? There would be a full house every night in Provo, and the only full house
in SLC would be when Jimmer is in town playing the Jazz. Be realistic, he would
never attend there. There is probably not a single LDS person on the
roster...or what is left on the roster. The BYU education is
excellent. I'd rather go back there than my current grad program. This
school doesn't even come close to providing the overall education and life
experience that BYU did, and it's a D1 school.
"the burden intensifying as the NBA's minimum age-limit rule of 19
continues to require players must be a year out of high school to be
drafted".So whichever college gets him, only has him for one
year and then he's gone?
Well look at that Ducky ... looks like we don't need to wait ...Rivals shows these 11 teams on Jabari's list:BYUDepaulDukeIllinoisKansasMichigan StateMissouriNorth CarolinaOhio StateUtahWashingtonapology accepted.
@Duckhunter -"Bwaaahaaaahaaaahaaaaaaaaa ............"____________I don't blame you for your reaction, I
would expect it from anyone - including Ute fans. It doesn't make a ton of
sense that Jabari would have the U on his list with the current state of affairs
with Utah basketball.Like I said, I won't be holding my breath, but I
can assure you that what I wrote is the truth. Keep in mind that my
"source" is the same one that told me Junior Salt was decommitting from
Florida to sign with the Utes (before the DNews had even a sniff of it) and that
Brian Johnson was being seriously considered for offensive coordinator (again,
LONG, LONG before the DNews had the remotest clue).So laugh if you want,
but when it comes to light that Utah is actually on Jabari's list I'll
gladly accept your apology.Then Jabari will laugh it up while playing 1 or
2 years for a team such as the Tar Heels.
Myself included, many people find BYU a great experience.
It has been seen before and it will be seen again... good to great player goes
to ACC school and with the promise of it being a launching ground to the NBA,
sits the bench behind other good to great players. It has also been seen before
and will be seen again...good to great player goes to small school, dominates
against lesser competition, surrounded by decent, but not great, talent, gets
noticed by NBA scouts, goes first round. There are advantages that BYU can give
that are not available at ACC schools. BYU has a decent group of players. Many
will play beyond their time at BYU. There may even be some roleplayers in the
NBA someday. Jimmer would not have been Jimmer at Duke. The environment at BYU
made Jimmermania possible. Jimmermania became possible because he was able to
start early, develop his game and get noticed.
He'll find what he is looking for at BYU, just as others who have commented
on this article, both positive and negative. Having spent four years at the u,
undergraduate education is BYU's strength. His talent is unquestioned and
if he considers all of the factors, BYU will be high in the mix. Considering
Hall of Famers like Stockton and Nash who played in the WCC, if Parker plays
well at BYU his future in the NBA and life is bright.
"Other than that, be prepared to have overcrowded classes, long lines for
everything and very little interaction with your teachers."This
is not a comment that would come from somebody who really spent 7 years at BYU.
Overcrowded classes are typical of ANY university...for freshman and entry level
classes. Once you get into upper level classes, they are much smaller and you
DO have personal interaction with professors.Methinks "7
years" was really "7 months".
BYU needs you more than you need them. No way this highly recruited player from
Chicago plays BB at BYU. ACC or WCC hmmm you decide?
I just found out from a VERY reliable source that Jabari Parker is considering
the University of Utah.He has let the coaches know that he isn't just
saying they have a chance but that they are truly being considered.Big
news to even be in the discussion with what's happened at the U the last
couple of years - up until now I hadn't heard a single word of Utah being
remotely on his radar.Do I expect him to end up at the U? No. But I found
it to be a bit interesting.I bet he ends up at a big name program in the
midwest or the state of North Carolina.
It's all about money in their future. I doubt that he will come here
because of money.
Jabari's waiting to see whether BYU gets into the Big XII. He won't
want to waste his talents in front of small WCC crowds, playing a weak
schedule.When you're as talented as he seems to be, you want to
give yourself the best opportunity to excel, and that's against top-notch
opponents. Big XII, not WCC.Here's hopin'!
Otis Spurlock, BoiseSuperBlueDo you honestly think that he is coming
on the Deseret News comment boards to get your advice? I think it's
pitiful that you spend so much time and energy on the boards of a University you
clearly don't support. I suggest finding something of value or true
meaning for your time. I think your life will take a serious upswing. Can't
get much worse right? That being said, the only way he will be
coming to BYU is if he plans to serve a mission. Otherwise He will be staying
close to home and sign with a top program like Ohio State or Michigan State for
1 year before going pro. Either way, I wish him the best and hope he makes the
right choice for him.
Jabari, You also need to be aware that diversity at BYU is almost non-existent.
Would love to have him. No place in the world like BYU for young men of faith.
Jabari seems to be different than the average young NBA prospect and I'm
sure he would absolutely love BYU and is an NBA lock either way.Go
Jabari,As someone who spent 7 years at byu, I can tell you that if
you choose to attend you will be greatly underwhelmed. On the plus side, the
CougarEat has the best taco salad that I have ever tasted. They also have
decent firesides every Tuesday at the Marriott Center.Other than
that, be prepared to have overcrowded classes, long lines for everything and
very little interaction with your teachers.
Come here Jabari!!This would be an amazing pickup, but I don't count