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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

I read it twice. I don' see a story here.
Can someone enlighten me?


Go serve a mission Jabari. You won't regret it.

Spanish Fork, UT

So, the NBA has a rule that requires at least 1 year of college before entering the NBA. Does a mission count?

West Jordan, UT

If I could give Jabari any advice it would be to make his decision prayerfully and listen to his family and closest friends who truly have his best interests in mind. This Cougar fan would love to see Jabari playing at the Marriott Center every home game, but I will be happy with whatever his decision is as long as he does what the Lord wants him to do. Maybe that means serving a mission and maybe it doesn't.

Salt Lake City, UT

My prediction:
Goes on a mission, then straight to the NBA. He'd be 20 yrs old with his whole pro career in front of him.

Oceanside, CA

Re: Alwaysright

So where did Kobe Bryant go to college for his one year?

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Kobe was pre-rule. I think the rule is one year out of high school, not necessarily one year of college attendance.

Honolulu, HI

This is a very difficult decision for Jabari make. There is a huge body of evidence that suggests that the years from ages 19-21, or even 18-20 are incredibly important for development; especially for basketball players. What LDS basketball players in the last 30 years have gone on missions and then had successful NBA careers? Essentially none. Shawn Bradley was the number 2 overall pick in 1993, but his career is largely seen as a failure. I think his big mistake was going straight from the mission to the NBA. He was out of shape and got owned his rookie season and thereafter lost his confidence and love of the game. Jabari is a lock for NBA all-star-dome at the present, but if he does choose to go on a mission; he needs to be aware that he may never be as good as he would be if he doesn't go. If he's ok with that reality and still chooses to serve, all the more power to him.

Highland, UT

Pray about it Jabari, you'll get the answer you need to get. Either way I'll always be a fan.

Bountiful, UT

What if, Jabari commits to BYU, goes straight out on a mission, then decides to go straight into the NBA - rather than return to play a year at BYU? That would be an interesting turn of events.

Lindon, UT

The teams he is interested in, other than BYU, may not be interested if they have to wait 2 years and then not know what his physical conditioning would be at that time. No problem for BYU, as they handle this type of thing year in and year out. If he does opt for the mission at age 18, I think the odds are that he will end up at BYU for at least a year.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA


By and large, we'd feel cheated, but hopefully only a few would ever express spiteful feelings about it.

Spot light on, I wish him the best. He's on a lonely stage right now. Good thing his family is solid.

Solomon Levi
Alpine, UT


What if Jabari commits to BYU, goes straight out on a mission, then returns to play on a BYU team stacked with a 2013 Top 10 recruiting class? That would be a very interesting turn of events.

The nice thing about it, for BYU fans, is that's a real possibility.

Salt Lake City, UT

It's about time that we leave this young man alone so that he can make personal decisions that affect this eternal life without our "help." He is a human being, not a commodity.

Sandy, UT

If I were in his shoes, which I'm not, but if I were, I'd go to college first then decide. Frankly, if I had his skills I probably wouldn't go at all. I know this is rationalizing but a mission is first and foremost for the individual. You'll learn great things and grow a lot but it's not impossible to do these things without a mission. The second purpose is to teach and convert. That you can do very well, perhaps even better, as a star pro athlete. Shawn Bradley probably would have been a bust either way but imagine the difference he would have been had he been a star in the NBA for the church.

Just my two cents.

Y Ask Y
Provo, UT

Two years of a mission would effectively cost this kid tens of millions of dollars and risk his career.

Jabari, I say go to Duke, go directly to Duke, do not pass Go and do not collect $200.

And there is no better coaching in the country than Mike Krzyzewski, Chris Collins, Steve Wojciechowski, and the rest!

It is always better to be a Blue Devil in the heart of Basketball country than to be a Saint in the middle of nowhere!

Provo, UT

Owl, calm down. Nobody is harassing the poor kid from this board - can't speak for recruiters and agents, though. I can promise you Jabari is losing no sleep over the fact the the D News published another article about him.



This is a no brainer. Think DUKE then proceed to the NBA as soon as possible. You'll do much more good for the church as an elite professional basketball player. You can do your missionary service after you retire just like many other faithful LDS. Best of luck.

Mesa, AZ

I also vote Duke for your NBA prep, then go to the NBA where you will be a greater missionary of the game and your faith.

Holladay, UT

DO NOT go to Duke.

How many true NBA stars have over the last two decades came from Duke?

TOO few.

Most Dukies do the slow fade, or never made it from the start.

and the few that made it have spent their careers coming off the bench.

Even the promising Chris Burgess never developed at Duke.

Dukes' succees is based getting a lot high rated recruits who find some succes at the college level, not in developing nba potential.

Do a mission, then do a couple years atlrast at BYU.

You will still make plenty of money to set you and your family for life. Fame is fleeting. Seeking the honors of men empty.

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