That is 4 hours prior to BYU's bowl game... either he is going to make a
lot of BYU fans happy or sad right before their football game.
BYU possibly could have landed this kid if all the fans didnt scare him. Here is
a quote from his experience at byu on an espn article.Parker was
made to feel like an NBA star himself on his recent visit to BYU. The Cougars
fans made him a "Gangnam Style" parody video and printed 6,000-plus
T-shirts, reading "Chicago to Provo," which were worn during the BYU
game he attended."It was crazy," Parker said. "Just
hearing the video and the people with the T-shirts, it was a little bit too much
for me at the time. But like I said, let's have fun with it, let's
make it a good experience. I'm just thankful to all the fans for putting
the time and effort for doing that."Maybe it works. who knows.
Reading into this a bit further: As McFarland points out, BYU's bowl game
is that night, just four hours later. But just as compelling, Duke has a home
basketball game only two hours after the announcement. Which one is coincidence?
(Michigan State, Florida, and Stanford having nothing scheduled for Dec. 20.)
PGVikingDadIf Jabari picked the date because of a significant event
happening in the sportsworld of a particular university on that date, Duke
playing Elon doesn't seem to fit the bill.SJH BRONCOSIf Jabari was scared by the "craziness" of BYU fans, he'll never
be able to handle the Cameron Crazies. More likely, he was just acknowledging
how much more amped the attention is becoming as he nears his final decision.
Meh; a lot of fuss for a 1-year rental. I hope Parker chooses the Y, but if it
doesn't, I'll just have to somehow find a way to go on living. My
bowl-game chips and guac may not taste as good, but I'll gag 'em down
nonetheless.I know there are lots of holes in this comparison, but
it reminds me of both the Shawn Bradley hype and Chris Burgess fiasco. Bradley
had one decent year, left, and essentially had no impact on the Y's hoops
program. Burgess ended up the center of a ridiculous "controversy" and
ended up being a mediocre collegian not worth 10% of the hype. Parker's
more exposed than either, and the Y getting a top black player might surprise
some people and help erode assumptions, but, again . . meh.
Which ever school he chooses, the Y can feel good about having their name tossed
around with the biggies in the NCAA.Plus the exposure he's gotten
being LDS has been a good thing and will hopefully open more doors or minds of
those who see us as an only white religion.In the end, I don't really
care where he ends up if it's not BYU. I'm just impressed with the way
he handles his life and clearly has some great family and friends who are being
good influences on him.
As much as I would like to see him pick BYU, my money is on Duke. Either way,
Jabari is an outstanding young man who will bring much positive attention to the
LDS faith if he continues to live his life the way he is now. Best of luck to
It is so sad that these young men think the world revolves around them and they
have to have a nation-wide following to hear them announce their college choice.
I am surprised by this because I hear he is a humble young man, now he is caught
up in this hype.
To Royal Blue.Im not questioning the byu fans and how loud they can
get or how crazy the atmosphere is. Im questioning what they did beyond that. A
ton of t shirts and a video to lure him. Which sparked Jabaris comment "It
was a little too much at the time."
@CougarBlue that is how most of the big recruits do it these days. We at BYU
just aren't used to it because A, we don't usually land them, and B,
when we do, they start talking about bringing swag and leadership and BCS
championships. I doubt jabari makes that mistake. But don't hate the
player, hate the game (recruiting).
Who's to say he's "caught up in the hype"? Someone's
piously making some assumptions. Fact: Jabari is rated by pretty much every
credible source as the #1 or #2 HS player in the USA. Fact: Anyone who follows
basketball even casually knows who he is and is at least mildly curious as to
where he'll play college ball. Fact: Information about his decision is
going to be a major topic of discussion on the radio, on TV, and online from now
until it happens.Why would Parker ignore this and pretend it's
nothing? It's not Lebron's "Decision." It's fairly
standard stuff these days, and holding a press conference does not necessarily
mean the kid is full of himself. "It's so sad . . " Really? It
makes you well and truly sad? OHHHH, the drama . .
You mean he is not considering Utah?? Crissy B. will be so sad with nothing to
say on the topic.
CougarBlue,You're really stretching the imagination, if not
making a pious judgement, to infer that Jabari thinks the world revolves around
himself. Neither you nor I know anymore than what we've read about Jabari
and nothing has ever been stated to make a reasonable person believe he is all
wrapped up in himself. Don't be a poster child of the
"holier-than-thou" BYU fan the infidels of this world would have us be.
My guess on the timing is that it has more to do with school letting out for the
Christmas break the next day and he wants to have it out for Christmas, rather
than have to think about it during the holidays. Has nothing to do with
BYU's bowl or Duke's B-ball game that night (he probably has no idea
of either).I would love to see him pick the Y, but am realistic that
he probably won't. Either way, I wish him well.
Another non-story from the world of sports. Tell us his choice when he actually
Keeping my fingers crossed that he chooses BYU. It would be fun!
Too much hype lays a good foundation for an "I'm taking my talents to
south beach moment" with the accompanying fall-out.Wish
he'd just make the announcement when he is ready rather than announce that
there will be an announcement.
IMO, Jabari Parker needs to go to Duke. Look at the attention Manti Teo has
received by playing at Notre Dame; it wouldn't have happened had he gone to
BYU. The same applies to the Parker kid. It will be much better for him and his
future to go to a big time first class school in a big time first class league.
@Cougarblue. If you haven't walked in a man's shoes, don't
assume you know what he's gone through. This guy is being hounded day in
and day out about when he is going to decide, when he's going to make a
decision, where he is going, etc. The media, friends, family, coaches, etc. all
want to know. The best thing he can do for himself, particularly if he really
is humble, is to set a date so the pressure drops and he can focus on his
priorities. I for one have mostly been impressed with how they have handled it,
making clear milestones and meeting them, without a lot of the histrionics
associated with other announcements or decisions, particularly those that are
disorganized. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes, making this type of
critical life decision in front of the media, disappointing most and only
pleasing some. Again, don't judge a man until you have walked in his
Hey at least I can dream and wish he will chose BYU. You can't blame me
for having pleasant dreams!!
The "announcement" move did not work out well for Jake Heaps.Jabari Parker is going down the same path?As someone else suggested, it
might be well with Jabari if he produced at the college level and then let his
production do the "announcing".
@DonOWhy wouldn't Manti Teo have gotten alot attention at
BYU.Jimmer got a lot of attention playing at BYU.Anyone
capable of being a top pick would get attention wherever they go.The real question is why help Duke or Notre Dame? They have no connections to
him individually or religiously.Why not help BYU?