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Published: Monday, April 2 2012 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Orem, UT

Come here Jabari!!
This would be an amazing pickup, but I don't count on it.

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT


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.

Boise, ID

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 Cougars!

Mars University, Mars

Jabari, You also need to be aware that diversity at BYU is almost non-existent.

St George, Utah

Otis Spurlock, BoiseSuperBlue

Do 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.

Orem, Utah

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'!

Window Rock, AZ

It's all about money in their future. I doubt that he will come here because of money.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

Corona, CA

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?

Overton, NV

"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".

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Highland, UT



Fulton, NY

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.

Mcallen, TX

Myself included, many people find BYU a great experience.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

@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.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Well look at that Ducky ... looks like we don't need to wait ...
Rivals shows these 11 teams on Jabari's list:

Michigan State
North Carolina
Ohio State

apology accepted.

Salt Lake City, UT

"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?

Omaha, NE

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.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

@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.

CO Ute

@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.

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