This is as close as it gets for the Ute getting a top basketball recruit... a
drive by 'the hill' to the institute building. LOL
I think he should choose Duke. Sure BYU would be great, but to have a greater
impact as an athlete and member of the church, Duke is the place to go to.
Sg, Jabari Parker is very talanted. Several years ago there was a
Chris Burgess who thought the samething. He ended up transfering to uTah. Ever
hear of Scott Mitchell a Mormon QB. He went to the u but I don't remember
him being connected to the church like Steve Young or even Danny Angie.
Wherever he goes we need to support this fine young man. He will be an
influence anywhere he goes. Bottom line is that it is his decision and
inspiration. More to this than basketball. Good luck to him.
He can be an advocate for the Church no matter where he goes, but HE would be
far more recognized as a representative as a BYU player, and it's not
close.I would give Duke and other programs the edge of course when
it comes to basketball, but if he's only going a year, then he should
heavily consider BYU.
Re: wYo8Ever heard of Manti Teo?
Ya, uncle rico. what does that have anything to do with artical?
sammyg,The first comment out of the gate is about Utah. Got Utah in
your head much? Is it possible for you to just be a BYU fan without being a
Utah hater? You know we teach about these things on Sunday.As much
as you won't admit it, bu it's true, Utah has a much richer history of
basketball success when it comes to sweet 16's, great 8's, final
4's and championship games. So why hate on a successful propgram that has
fallen on hard times?
He needs to do what is best for him. Luckily he's got his dad who was in
the NBA and a strong loving mother who have been with him throughout his
U 90 and Sammyg,A little scenario that has played over and over.Stop it now or we will turn around and go home and you will miss seeing
Jabari. You children need to learn how to get along and quit picking on each
other. "But, monny, sammy was mean to me first". "No mommy, U 90
hit me and I was on my side of the car".Children, this is your
last warning!!There are many Utah haters and just as mnay BYU
haters. Both need to listen to their mothers and stop it now. It is very
childish and immature!!Best of luck to Jabari. I personally think
he should look hard at his mission before basketball option. There is no
question he is ready to be a great missionary right now. Then, good things will
happen on the basketball court.
The best example Jabari can set is to go on a mission. The Lord said
"every" young man, not every young man who doesn't have an athletic
career in his future.
Really people, he and his mother are here for fireside giving examples about
being good family and kids, thats all. Hope they will learn some good things
having better lives in their future.I wonder if Sonny (Jabari father) will
ever be converted to the lds faith soon?
@alternateLOL. Well said, well said.I'm not a real
optimistic person, but I have a hunch Jabari is going to commit to BYU. If it
were strictly about basketball, BYU wouldn't even be in the running. But I
think he has a real desire to take on the "BYU Experience," and maybe
pick up a spouse in the process.Maybe just wishful thinking....
SammyYou are really setting yourself up for big let down. Oh well
@Angela08One of the great thing about the Church of Jesus Christ is
that people are entitled to receive personal revelation. "Personal"
means that the revelation about what Jabari should do will come to him, not to
any of the rest of us. This is a fine young man who I believe will do whatever
he feels like his Father in Heaven wants of him. And if he doesn't that is
also between God and him not for the rest of us to speculate on.
to U90: the U fans have been on forums for months saying that Parker will never
choose BYU, that he's just being nice to the Y to consider them. And to
Alternate: nice lecture. Every BYU fan wants him to come to BYU. Most Utah
fans would like him to go elsewhere. We get that. You think Michigan fans
want him to go to MSU? Or UNC fans want him to go to Duke? I genuinely believe
Parker will narrow the other 4 schools down to one and then compare that one to
BYU. At that point, it's anybody's guess. And if he chooses to go
on a mission, I do not believe that necessarily means he'll come back to
BYU. But BYU has a lot to offer and their national tv exposure will explode
with him - less BYUtv and much more ESPN. Lastly I don't believe he is a
one and done kid. Just doesn't seem like that kind of kid - too much
wisdom and humility in him. I'm guessing minimum of two years.
Impressive young man. Sounds like a great family as well. I hope he comes to
BYU but I look forward to following him wherever he goes.
@ Uncle Rico - FestusManti Te'o is an amazing story and has an
incredible amount of positive press in South Bend. Highly doubtful that he
would be half the story had he chosen BYU or USC over Notre Dame.Although it would be wonderful if he chooses to come to the Y, he might have a
greater influence for the missionary good if he chooses Michigan State or
Duke.Wherever he chooses to go, we all can collectively hope that he
excels and is the very best he can be. No doubt that he will continue to shine
a positive light on the Church.
I think his chances of coming to BYU are probably slim, but I actually think he
would be personally happier there than any other school. He would be with
people who share his standards and beliefs. He would shine nationally just as
much there as anywhere. He would also be near relatives. I hope he
chooses BYU, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
So shy didn't the y arrange for him to speak in provo?
@Laxman, I am pretty sure it is an NCAA recruiting violation for BYU
to organize an event like that. You have to be careful with that stuff. I'm happy for Jibari. He's a smart kid, he'll choose
what works best for him. I wish him all the success in world, regardless of the
school he chooses.
@CatsAll your base are belong to us...
A one-and-done hoops player at Duke or anywhere else is not going to have much
missionary clout. In fact, the one-and-done experience may have the reverse
effect - the environment affecting Jabari. Certainly, pro hoops with the
pressures and experiences that Ainge described in an article last year is
anything but a good environment for a teen-ager. If I were his parents, I'd
be counseling him to get a degree before pro hoops. Most pro hoops players are
broke five years after they retire.My guess is that if he wants to
go on a mission and is willing to wait a few years before going pro, BYU is a
better slot for him. A 4-year BYU degree is much better for Jabari than a
one-and-done jump to the pros from Duke or BYU.
@sg....there is NO way he will have a bigger impact (for the LDS church) at
Duke. there he will be just one of the many Duke greats or not so greats. At BYU
he has the opportunity to take Jimmermania to Jabarimania superstardom. with the
ESPN contract BYU has and BYUtv exposure the universe is the limit not the ACC
glass ceiling. I suspect he will sign with BYU, go on a mission and then enter
the NBA draft without ever playing college hoops. If basketball is
his only concern, yes, then go to Duke or Stanford. Florida and Michigan State
would be totally useless IMHO. If planning to serve a mission, then go to BYU
where you can concentrate on both options.
I don't know how many people the U. Institute building will seat, but it
won't be big enough. If he drew 2,000 in Oakland, he'll draw 10 times
that in Utah. Jabari has a lot of great options. I hope he chooses
BYU, but even more so, I hope he chooses what will be best for himself.
@DEW Cougar"Really people, he and his mother are here for fireside
giving examples about being good family and kids, thats all."No,
he and his mother are here for his official recruiting trip to BYU. The
devotional is an add-on.
Laxman,SL needs it more.
Jabari would love playing st BYU. He seems to be a great kid both on and off the
court. Welcome to Deseret, Jabari.
Best wishes Jabari, wherever you choose to play! God Bless