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Published: Monday, Dec. 17 2012 6:45 a.m. MST

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dumprake
Washington, UT

I have some advice for Parker too. Forget the NBA, it's irrelevant right now; go to a college where you want to be, to place that shares your values, attend the college for the college, not for the NBA, go where you can have a college experience, not some place that is an NBA prep school. If you're good, the NBA will find you no matter where you go to college, and does it really matter whether you are drafted number 1, or 2, or 10? Please, if your ego is that big, then go to Kentucky, college is irrelevant there, it's the NBA feeder school.

GACougar
Atlanta, GA

I agree with dumprake. Do not be so anxious to get to the NBA. Enjoy being young while you still can. Life is too short to rush through what can be a very exciting and fun part of it. Have fun. Be a kid. If you are as good as they say you are then the money will come. But do not miss out on the things in life that money cannot buy.

That being said, if you go to Duke, etc. then you will be a great basketball player and will make a lot of money when you do go to the NBA. But if you go to BYU then you will still make a lot of money in the NBA. But you can also become something very special in college like The Jimmer. Now THAT is something SPECIAL.

PA Rock Man
Allentown, PA

I respectfully disagree with dumprake and GACougar. Jabari has a special gift that can make him very successful. He also has a limited window in which to maximize that gift. Injuries or failure cut many basketball careers short. The best thing for his career will be to make a smooth transition to the NBA as soon as he is ready. To do so, he should go to a school that best prepares him for the NBA. I am a big BYU fan, but BYU is not that place. Duke has a much better track record at preparing players for he NBA. Coach K is a good man the demands good behavior from his players and he also coaches NBA players in the Olympics. At Duke, Jabari will play higher quality opponents in more pressure packed situations.

When Jabari is 35 and retired (!) from the NBA, then he can think about school and another career. Life is long, but the window to succeed in the NBA is short. He should not let that opportunity pass him by and should maximize his chances at NBA success- not just making money, but becoming the best he can be.

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

Ah, the myth that Duke prepares players for the NBA just won't go away.

Hey, I think Coach K is the best college coach since Wooden. I have nothing but respect for Duke's program. Great school all around. But the success of their players in the pros has been hit-or-miss at best. Past success means they get top recruits, who are naturally going to have the best shot at going pro. It's not like Krzyzewski takes middling talent and transforms them.

How many of Duke's long list of NBA players have amounted to much? Not too many. A great deal more have worn the "bust" label after solid to stellar college careers. I'm not hating; that's just the truth.

I actually think Jabari is a great fit for Duke (or BYU) based on limited information, because Duke caters to the middle or upper class kids with stable backgrounds. But that statement has nothing to do with his pro prospects. He's getting drafted top 5 no matter where he goes. I don't know what one year of Coach K really does for his NBA prospects.

PA Rock Man
Allentown, PA

Re: SlopJ30

I think Duke has a pretty good track record at preparing kids for the NBA: Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Corey Magette, J.J. Redick, Danny Ferry, just to name a few. Those guys have all had successful NBA careers. Not all of Duke's NBA players were all-stars, but not many NBA players are. There are a lot of variables that determine whether someone will be an NBA star.

Also, you need to consider which school is the best of the schools Jabari is still considering. Of the 5, in my opinion Duke is by far the best at balancing quality coaching and mentorship, NBA preparation, character development. But honestly I am just a fan and probably know a lot less then Jabari's family.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Isaiah Thomas' advice is the best I've seen so far for Jabari: go where you'll enjoy what you're doing over 90% of your time because basketball-related time is less than 10% of your college experience.

Kids that don't enjoy their college experience can't perform as well on the court no matter which court they play on. I'm pretty sure of that. Your mindset DOES affect how you perform.

I think wherever Jabari signs up, he'll expect to be happy in that school environment. He seems mature enough to not just look at the basketball side only of a school.

He'd also be smart to go on a mission out of high school, IF he plans to go at all.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

I also believe his comment about selecting a school now as not "signing" to go there might have to do with where he chooses this Thursday to go because he might be thinking of going on a mission. He did put a "work out" thought into this. What's going to change in just a half year? Probably not much. What'll change in 2.5 years could be quite a lot. Just a thought.

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

Ask Damion Lillard, likely NBA rookie of the year, just how critical the choice of colleges was. Weber State, fine school that it is, is not exactly a hoops mill. He gained more from a quality college experience that just entrance to the NBA.

TandJ
LaVerkin, Utah

I will try again (DN refused earlier comments), but did anyone else notice the statement, "If I would've went out of state, they wouldn't have got a chance to see me play that much" that was included in the DN article? That statement, to me at least, indicates why one would be a "one and done." Am I the only one? I for one hope that Jabari will put as much emphasis on good English and education as he will on NBA, and that means he will not be a "one and done." He is going to be a certain success in the NBA, lets hope he will us his basketball talents to also attain an education that he can rely upon once his NBA days are over.

GD
Syracuse, UT

He should go on a mission.
Gary

OCoug
Ogden, UT

If Jabari wants to go on a mission he should.
If Jabari wants to play one year of college and jump to the NBA he should.
If Jabari wants to play more than one year of college he should.

Jabari is the one who will be most greatly affected by his decision and I hope for his sake that he makes the best one. I think he will.

DSB
Cedar Hills, UT

If God wants Jabari to go on a mission he should do it.
If God wants Jabari to play one year of college and jump to the NBA he should do it.
If God wants Jabari to play more than one year of college he should do it.

Jabari is the one who will be most greatly affected by his decision,and I hope for his sake that he seeks inspiration and follows God's plan for him, regardless of what he personally wants to do.

OCoug
Ogden, UT

Point taken DSB.

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