Poaching? I don't think so. My son in law attended Utah State just
recently on a full ride academic scholarship. Went on his 2 year mission,
came home, transferred to BYU for their accounting program.
Harmon wrote:" None have played in the storied ACC or bought
into that Tobacco Road hype."None? I can quickly think of Corey
Maqgette, from Fenwick High of the Chicago Catholic League, who played briefly
for Duke before declaring early for the NBA draft.
Harmon wrote:" Generally, these stars have stayed close to home. None have
come west."Eddie Hughes, one of the most prolific scorers in
Chicago Public School history attended Colorado State along with Joe Moore from
Manley High and another player whose name slips my mind at the moment. I watched
them all play in Chicago during the 78 or 79 Chicago H.S. play-offs. Hughes
later played for the Jazz. Ron Anderson, a great player from Bowen
H.S. played at Fresno State before playing in the NBA. Other future
NBA/Chicago H.S. players migrated West including: Tony Allen:
Oklahoma State UniversityRod Higgins: Fresno StateCraig
Hodges: Long BeachJavale McGee: Nevada-RenoSonny Parker
(Jabari's dad): Teaxas A&MKelvin Upshaw: Universality of
UtahDarrell Walker: ArkansasI am sure I can think of
more. Sorry Mr. Harmon but you did poor research on this article.
I'd like to believe that Mr. DRay's comment (7:59 p.m.) is a satirical
effort to mock those who would use church affiliation to influence Parker's
decision... but I fear it's not satirical.
Kreshmer Cosic (sp) comes to mind, a giant of a man in character and
leadership...like to see Jabari rise to that, but it appears is hesitating on
the Y...who needs him precisely because they have not been to the final four,
always just one player away from being elite. How does a young man know what
his future holds? Many a supposed star has run into injury and found he cannot
get to the NBA...why not promote the religion and support those who so much
believe in and live it by choosing the Y? Wish Jabari well wherever he plays,
At BYU Parker would have absolutely no chance of any semblance of a normal
college experience.Fellow BYU students and media would make his life
miserable.Schools like Duke are used to high profile basketball
stars. I can't imagine that he would be hounded at Duke like he will be at
BYU if that is the path he chooses.Remember when The Jimmer
wasn't allowed to attend classes because his presence was too disruptive?
Remember the BYU student body pushing the limits of dignified recruitment with
t-shirts and a rap video urging Parker to choose BYU?When it comes
to its athletic heros the BYU community just doesn't know when enough is
@ScandrusI think you get the gist of it.
@801to415, who is L. Parker or LP as you call him? His name is Jabari Parker,
with a J not an L.
Folks, Lets get a bit more realistic. Have any of you seen "He
Got Game"???L. Parker is this years J. Shuttlesworth. LP is gonna bolt from the LDS Church the second he is outta his parents house
akin dozens of others famous people who grew up as members. Please see:
Katherine Heigl, Ryan Golsing, Chelsea Handler, Jewel, Aaron Ekchart, etc. etc.
etc. The fact that he visited BYU, is a novelty in the first place.
He is Michigan States to loose. Plain & Simple. Stanford would be the next obvious fit. But no way in heaven is
gonna play in Provo. He is a one and done guy anyway. Remember, the
WCC plays in high size gyms. LMU, USF, Santa Clara... Come on... This kid is
selling out AAU games. Do you really think he is gonna spend his one year in
college living in Deseret Towers on a dry campus?
Cool tool to see where players went. But you have Derrick Rose pegged at
Kentucky. He went to Memphis. Either way, he cheated on his ACT someone else
took it ha.
What I find most interesting about this supposition is the style of play at MSU.
Their coach, whose name escapes me right this minute, is very much a
defense-first, slowdown offense next guy. He has never really had a player of
Jabari's skill set. I don't think that he recruits the 5 star guys
all that much because they tend to be the me-first type that wants the ball on
every possession and likes to be covered up on defense. I realize that Jabari
is very atypical of your usual 5 star recruit, but I would think he would like
an uptempo game like BYU plays more than the slow down, run the offense type of
game played at Michigan State.
We shall see. I sure hope he doesn't land at Duke..and if he goes to BYU
east coast won't see him play until the tourney...that along with the
culture shock....yea stay away from Provo Jabari!!! Has BYU ever won a National
Title in BBALL... I think this kid could help MSU win a championship next year.
Sir Robin,I'd like to hear one of you people come up with some
actual proof that this "poaching" really occurs. Missionaries don't
field either outside phone calls or visitors for 2 years. You know that. So why
do you persist with this line? You're going to tell me that
someone that can't call home except Christmas and Mother's Day is
actually going to talk to coaches during this time? Come on...Most
likely, these young men get out in the mission field where the most often
mentioned university is BYU and they start thinking they want to go where their
companions are going (they make new friends). I know that is hard to swallow for
people who don't like BYU. Until I hear someone say that a BYU
coach actually hunted them down and phoned or visited them, I don't want to
hear anymore about this poaching nonsense.
He's holding the news conference at his High School instead of Iggy's
Sports Grill, so I guess BYU is out of the running...
With all the talk of Big East falling apart and the basketball schools forming
their own conference with schools like Gonzaga and St. Mary's, where will
this leave BYU? I am hoping that BYU could be a part of this national "Big
East" Basketball conference. This would allow Jabari and BYU to play all
over the country and play near his home. Dick Harmon, is there any chance of
this happening? Jason from Price
Brave Sir RobinGrow Up
timid sparrowMore hyperbole and jealousy from the kids on the
hill.Despite the delusional whining of some jealous fans,
there's no such thing as "poaching a kid while he's on his
BYU's only hope is that he goes on a mission so they have two years to try
to poach him. BYU is very good at that.
DHWhy now? You should of just wait after his commit on the 20th.
DHThe history of recruiting is the reasons for recruits choosing a
particular school are as varied as the recruits themselves. One recruit may want
to stay close to home and family; while another recruit may want to get away
from home because he wants a little more independence.Jabari may
choose Michigan State to be closer to home like his dad wants. Or he may choose
to be a part of the BYU culture like many moms hope for.Regardless,
it's fun for BYU fans just to have BYU included in the mix of such elite
schools.Good luck Jabari, whatever you decide.
DH:I hope you're wrong, but fear you're right. It will
take a miracle for him to come out this way. I'm hoping the way LP is
playing will sway him.By the way, Interstate-95 goes from Maine to
Florida along the East Coast, nowhere near Chicago nor East Lansing, MI. You
western boys need to bone up on your eastern geography!