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

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Sandy, UT


Eactly what I said yesterday. If he leaves on a mission, who (college) would think of his skill and fitness? No problem with BYU which we will be prepare for him to get back in form. After one year of college and he'll move on unless Dave Rose would say when it would be best for him to move on to nba

Highland, UT

Go on a mission! It'll change your life. A college and NBA career will do wonderful things for you, but in the end a mission will be better. These are just my thoughts, though. Ultimately, it's between you and the Lord.

Orem, UT

I well remember a star recruit asking me if he should go on a mission. He went. He was an all-american and is now in the pros.
Jabari Parker will play in the NBA one day, but there is simply nothing like being on an LDS mission. It's life changing for so many people.
I dont see the benefits that Steve Young has brought to his LDS church other than as a local servant for his ward.
Whether he comes to BYU or not depends on whether or not he wants the BYU-cultural experience---it is unique and pretty cool, but its not for everyone


The yooung man should listen to the Prophets voice. And the rest of us should just keep quiet on this subject. The change did not come in the form of Motions or pleadings, so, we don't need to analyze it. I think that if we say anything, it should be, follow the Prophets voice.

Woods Cross, UT

"Y ask Y" wrote at 6:04 p.m.: "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!"

I wonder if "Y ask Y" realizes he was mirroring Satan's words in Milton's "Paradise Lost"?

You know...

"Here we may reign secure; and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition, though in hell:
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven."
Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 261

I hope Jabari serves a mission and then attends the school of his choice. Then he will see through the silly advice given by "Y ask Y".

Allen, TX

So many of you, and I know you are LDS, have such a cavalier attitude toward the Church and its mission, it frankly disgusts me.

Every worthy young man should serve a mission. The benefits in this life and beyond from a mission cannot be obtained or replaced by fame and fortune.

I look at this as a blessing for Brother Parker. As the #1 talent in the land, there is no program that would not take him with a full scholarship. And if he were out of shape, he could red shirt. Leaving at 18 fulfills his desire to listen to a prophet's voice and only put off the $$ for a little while.

But ultimately the choice is between him and the Lord, and I support his agency to choose.

Provo, , UT

I love how people say he would be a better missionary in the NBA for the church. And that's great I guess. But turn it around, think of the difference he could be in those individuals lives if he went on a mission. the Church can get publicity and they don't need a basketball star to get that. Our message is much more powerful than that. Jabari and any missionary can make a huge difference in the life of even just a couple people by serving a mission. That's being a missionary

Atlanta, Fayetteville, GA

Michigan State - the spring board for Magic Johnson - has another perk besides having a great basketball program. They are one of the few major universities outside of Utah that has an LDS student living center (2 apartment buildings) associated with the Institute program and LDSSA, plus an institute/chapel building and student ward building all situated together right across the street from the Michigan State Campus. It gives students the benefit of living in an apartment where LDS standards are upheld, attending a great student ward of fellow Aggies - all the while getting a top rate education from one of Michigan's finest universities.

Bountiful, UT

Would be awesome if he served a mission then played at the Y for a couple of years before becoming the #1 pick in the draft.

South Jordan, UT

@Jazz Smack:

If your reasoning is correct...which I have some serious doubts because I can think of several Duke players all stars/successful long lasting NBA careers, Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Loul Deng and the list goes on... but if you are indeed correct then your questionable theory says that Jabari Parker probably won't be very good in the NBA anyways simply because he is a Duke type player. You see the commonality would not be playing for Duke, but rather being a player that Duke would want (they could find success at Duke, but not the NBA)

Getting into the NBA is tough. Having a career of more than 7 years is incredibly tough. There is no doubt Duke would give him the most exposure and because of that probably the most opportunities to be successful in the NBA. Most of the kids that have as great of expectations as Jabari don't make it. If he's as good as they say he is, then go to a year of college go on the mission and it'll work out. If not 9 to 5 jobs aren't that bad.

Saratoga Springs, UT


"The teams he is interested in, other than BYU, may not be interested if they have to wait 2 years..."

Obviously BYU, but Duke and Stanford have had LDS Basektball players before who have served missions. They fully understand what it can do, and I am in no way a Duke fan. But I have seen interviews in the past with Coach K on return missionaries, he understands it, and respects it. Does Jabari read DesNews and it's comments I don't know. But, if anyone would understand him and be a great coach at building him back up after two years, I believe Coach K would be the best fit. And Jabari if you read this, commit to serving a mission and doing the Lord's work fully with heart and mind, you can only be blessed for your service. And after this commitment is made, ask the Lord if this is the path he has for you. I may be off my rocker, but this is my two cents. Either way, I and many wish you the best of luck in your decision and career.

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