Way to snub Stevens Henager!! I guess he already has a laptop. Good luck...too
bad my Utes don't have any scholarships available to go after him.
If Jabari's looking to play in a pro-style/-level program, I think
he'd be crazy not to go to Kentucky.
I would love for him to come to BYU, but doubt that he will. My guess is either
Kentucky or Duke.
Whichever school gets Jabari will only have him for 1 year then he's off to
the NBA.... unless he goes on a mission
I think he would really enjoy BYU. I don't think he will end up coming here
however. But I think he could fit in well and he would really make BYU a
contender! I don't see why he couldnt excel here. It would be great. But
sadly i don't think he will pick BYU.
If his intention is to be a one and done player then he'll probably pick
one of those first rounder factories like Kentucky. I think BYUs odds are
highest if he's looking to stay for more years.
@Common Sense Czar"...too bad my Utes don't have any
scholarships available to go after him."I think a few more
scholarships will open up when more of the team quits.And how does
and scholarship to play basketball at Utah benefit anyone interested in
You have edited out unoffensive comments, including one from an Otis who took
the position that Parker should go elsewhere, but said the food at the Cougar
Eat was good, to which I agreed on the Cougar Eat comment. You people are
really heavy handed.
I would love him to be a Cougar, but he states his goal pretty clearly--family
to watch him play. If true, then look for somewhere within a short driving
distance and a central or eastern time zone. Anything west will probably be out.
If so, then DePaul and Michigan State are definitely in the lead and then it
fans out from there geographically. But it is a young man between his Jr and Sr
years of high school who is talking, so that current priority will probably take
a backseat to him accomplishing other goals in his life. If a mission is in the
cards, it helps BYU's chances, but any college coach will work with him on
that. I am sure his Dad (former NBA player) and Mom (Devout LDS member) will
help direct him to top tier program where 1 and done and/or a mission is
acceptable. But wouldn't it be cool to see him in Provo! I just
don't see that happening unless BYU books his actual team for a couple of
Okay Jabari, I'm going to assume that you keep up on posts about you here
in Happy Valley, so let me give it my best shot. Whether or not you
choose to serve a mission, (this is solely between you and divine providence
despite the constant noise that will most certainly come from well wishers,
detractors and a few silly fans), here is the probable future as you and I would
suppose:1. You are destined to be a great college basketball
player2. You are also destined for greatness as a professional player
too3. Regardless of where you play college hoops or who you play for, YOU
WILL BE THE #1 DRAFT PICK4. If you follow your current course, you will
play for numerous NBA championships and will win more than a few.5. You
will have a spectacular 15-20 year career and endorsements will follow you
wherever you go.6. You will be a gazillionaire and will never be concerned
about finances7. You will marry the bride of your choice in the temple of
your bride's choice and you will be fine with that.8. See next
@Esquire,I respectfully disagree with your comment ... Otis'
comments were going to far and I'm glad the DNews opted to get rid of them.
While it's fine to talk about diversity, it's not fine to take the
approach Otis took with it. Maybe he should tone it down and try again.This is coming from a Ute fan by the way ... not that it should matter.
8. You will retire from the NBA as one of the greatest to have played the game,
mentioned in the same vein as Magic, Larry, LeBron, Kobe. Someone in the top 50
best will have to gracefully bow out to make room for you on this elite list.9. You will be a successful businessman and most sought after
motivational speaker in just about every venue.10. You will forever
be grateful for your upbringing and system of beliefs and you will dedicate your
life to sharing your story more times than you will be able to remember.Now, with all of this said, all of this will happen regardless of which
school you attend. However, it is my belief, (and I hope it is yours as well),
that the BYU experience will provide a springboard in preparation for the
worldwide sphere of influence that you will no doubt have on men, women and
children that are today in need of an ultimate role model of happiness based on
doing things the right way; as a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints.Welcome to BYU my friend!
@flynn is the coolest"...too bad my Utes don't have any
scholarships available to go after him."It's called sarcasm...the
kid wouldn't waste his time opening a letter from Utah...Utah wouldn't
waste a stamp because they know there's no chance he'd come. Thanks
for making me explain a joke...FYI...Stevens Henager doesn't have a
basketball team...so...that was a joke too.Since I explained my
comments, what does your statement mean??"And how does and scholarship
to play basketball at Utah benefit anyone interested in basketball?"
I really hope Jabari chooses the Y. It would be great for him and great for the
church. That said, it is a long shot.
@ motorbike, I would have to review the comment to decide if he went too far. I
won't say he didn't, but now I'll never know. It was allowed at
first, after all. My comment was only limited to the Cougar Eat.... Was it any
worse than the comment about Stevens Henager. In any case, thanks for your
comment.I wish Parker the very best, no matter where he decides to
attend college. Wherever he goes, I'm sure it will be a bit of a circus
and the program will have to plan on him being there only one year, which can be
disruptive for many programs, including BYU. It took BYU a long time to fully
recover from the Bradley fiasco and a lot of people were hurt by it. Kentucky,
Duke, Louisville and similar big time programs would be OK. BYU? Not so sure.
@ Jonathan EddyA mormon at BYU? how original. He will better
represent the Church by going out to one of the other (and better) institutions
in the country and being a good church member there. Having grown up in
Chicago, he likely does not need the crutch of BYU to hold up his testimony.
News Flash: one can represent the church, and represent it well, even if one
does not go to BYU. At any rate, he seems to be too good of a
player to bring his talents to Provo. Unless some Roger Reid type gets hold of
him to convince him that 15 million people will be let down if he goes
elsewhere, I doubt he will play in Provo.
If he wins a title at Kentucky or North Carolina, no one will remember it as it
will be one of many. Win a NC at BYU, you will be remembered forever!He is going to the NBA no matter where he plays. Jimmer was player of the
year at BYU and if Jabari is as good as they say, he will be player of the year
as well and the #1 pick. I will personally buy his parents a DVR to record the
late games (you guys have to promise not to tell anyone, okay).
If geography is playing a role, I am guessing Michigan State, Kentucky or
Kansas, these three schools also make travel to games live a bit easier for his
family, especially MSU only 3.5hrs hours away. Kentucky is 6.5hrs and Kansas is
9hrs. The rest are just to far away. Sorry North Carolina, Duke, Stanford,
Georgetown, Depaul, Florida and BYU. Congratulations to Jabari,
what a great athlete and student. I wish you the best of luck my friend.
Jabari,As someone who spent 7 years at byu (4 years undergrad and 3
law school) I feel qualified to tell you that the byu experience is mainly
comprised of waiting in long lines day after day, being in overcrowded classes,
very little interaction with your teachers and very little racial diversity.There are some good things at byu. Namely, the taco salads. If you do decide to attend byu and play in the WCC, I would recommend you take
a Korean Culture class from Professor Mark Peterson. It was the most
interesting and entertaining class that I had at byu.Good luck and
we will be cheering for you.Very truly yours,Uncle Otis
@Jonathan Eddy"3. Regardless of where you play college hoops or who
you play for, YOU WILL BE THE #1 DRAFT PICK"Not necessarily. The
#1 NBA draft pick isn't always the best NBA player from that year so
it's possible that the #1 high school player isn't the best college
player or the #1 pick."4. If you follow your current course, you
will play for numerous NBA championships and will win more than a few."Not one, not two, not three... okay that joke's less fun when
Lebron already has one."8. You will retire from the NBA as one
of the greatest to have played the game, mentioned in the same vein as Magic,
Larry, LeBron, Kobe."Kid's in high school. Let's tone
it down a little... @IDC"Win a NC at BYU, you will be
remembered forever!"Sure he'll probably be a better college
player than Jimmer but to win an NCAA tournament you sorta need to have a really
good team and while BYU is good... they're probably still not the favorite
to win a NC and even favorites have ~20% odds of winning the tournament.
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.
Come to BYU! :)
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
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!!
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
levelBYU 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
gamewhy 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.
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.
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.
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.
@utahbruinCheck your geography dude. DePaul is in Chicago. Maybe a
half hour on the L.
"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.
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.
DePaul? Now that is an interesting inclusion.
DePaul? That is an interesting inclusion.
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.