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Published: Thursday, July 12 2012 10:35 a.m. MDT

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RepresentBlue
West Jordan, UT

According to ESPN, BYU already has a top 10 recruiting class in 2013 even without Jabari. They would easily have a top 5 class and could make a legitimate run at a national championship if they landed Jabari. Plus BYU has made 6 straight NCAA tournament appearances which is where most future NBA draft picks make a name for themselves so it is not an either/or prospect for Jabari. He can have the LDS/BYU experience AND still make it to the NBA if he has the talent to do so. I respect his decision wherever he decides to play though. He is a great ambassador for the LDS faith.

gb5
Cincinnati, OH

Come to BYU! :)

kfbob
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Unfortunately Parker won't be coming to BYU. It's not that the Cougars are a good team it's just that they play in a lot of High School Size Gyms in the Pacific time zone. If they were in the MWC they'd have a shot. It they were in the BE or BIG 10 they would be one of the favorites. All of the sport outside of football need to get into a better conference (Track and Field doesn't even have a conference) or their other programs are are doomed.

morganh
Orem, Utah

Yes Jabari is LDS, but lets look at this list from a different perspective. Being a BYU fan I would love to see Jabari at B.Y.U., but it is pretty impressive that B.Y.U. is on the same list as Georgetown, Kentucky, Duke Michigan St. etc.. for the Gatorade Player of the Year. I am sure being LDS was a factor for choosing B.Y.U., but I am also sure that the success of B.Y.U. was part of it as well. Dave Rose has lead B.Y.U. to 6 straight NCAA appearances, A birth in the Sweet Sixteen, multiple years of 25+ wins and coached Jimmer Fredette who won 4 out of the 5 National Player of the Year awards. I am sure there is not a coach in the country who would want that kind of a resume, and that kind of a resume is sure to draw attention. Thanks Coach and Go Cougs!!

DRay
Roy, UT

Remember not to count the chickens too soon...many a young man has outlined his one and done and on to the NBA plans, only to never even star at the college level

BYU would be the real challenge, to go there and do what has never been done before, make it to the final 4, maybe even to the championship game

why do so many disparge the honor of playing for BYU, flagship, if you will, for the LDS educational system? Jabari should consider it a great opportunity to play for this great institution...come on Jabari, if you would show real courage, play for and lead the Cougars, pick them above all the rest, be a pioneer, don't follow the crowd...I'm rooting for you to do that.

localblue
Sandy, UT

I don't mean to denigrate Jimmer but his enormous lack of success at the pro levels does not work in BYU's favor, given Jabari's interest in preparing himself for the pros. I also don't see him ultimately going to Stanford given distance from Chicago and lack of recent success, despite Mark Madsen's hiring and extensive LDS connections there. Kentucky is I think same time zone. Michigan State I think is one hour difference, maybe same, but geographically close. Duke is a great fit but also really far for his family. I'm guessing the order will be: Kentucky, MSU, BYU, Duke and on down. If we can somehow eliminate Kentucky and MSU, BYU has a chance.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

BYU started as 1 of 30 suitors for Jabari's service. When Jabari whittled it down to 20, BYU was still on the list. Now the odds are 1 in 10. By Fall, the list will be narrowed to 5. I'm not sure if I'm more excited for Jabari's announcement or the kickoff at LES.

Downtownchrisbrown
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When Jabari narrows his list to 5 you can be sure that 2 schools will be on that list. BYU and DePaul. He wants to give BYU a fair chance because he isn't sure if its right or not and will want to take an official visit to rule it out or to accept it. Same with DePaul, its a good school near his home. He may not end up choosing either of those two, but they will both be on his final 5.

midwestfan
Spanish Fork, UT

@utahbruin

Check your geography dude. DePaul is in Chicago. Maybe a half hour on the L.

RepresentBlue
West Jordan, UT

"I don't mean to denigrate Jimmer but his enormous lack of success at the pro levels does not work in BYU's favor"

What an absolutely senseless comment. Jimmer has played just 1 season in the NBA and it was a shortened season without any pre-season training camps due to the lockout, and with a coaching change just a few weeks in. While it was far from the Rookie of the Year season his fans were hoping for it was still a decent first year for a rookie who did not get a lot of playing time because of team dynamics. Jimmer averaged 7.6 PPG and 1.8 APG in 18.6 minutes per game. He shot 39% from the field and 36% from 3. No, he didn't exactly light the NBA on fire his rookie year, but saying he has had "an enormous lack of success at the pro levels" after just one season is ludicrous. Lets see how he does in his second year after he has actually had a chance to participate in summer league and training camp.

oldcougar
Orem, UT

Was Utah on the list? Didn't think so. For all their bravado, where are the Utes supporting their hoops program...or at least the one they used to have.

rnoble
Pendleton, OR

DePaul? Now that is an interesting inclusion.

rnoble
Pendleton, OR

DePaul? That is an interesting inclusion.

InterestedObserver
Spanish Fork, UT

Noticed that he is wearing #22 in his HS uniform. Is he stuck on the number, as I think that number is hanging in the rafters in The MC.

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