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Published: Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:50 p.m. MDT

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Personally I think a mission would be the best choice for Jabari. But definitely returning to school over entering the NBA draft would be the wiser choice. Life is not about money or fame. So much could be learned from serving a two-year mission for the Lord. That experience would trump any amount of money or fame. I know that the knowledge and experience I gained during my 18 month mission was invaluable and could not have been attained any other way. But if a mission is not on his radar -- definitely education and staying in school would far outweigh the NBA. That's my two cents :-)

Logan, UT

Go to the NBA, be a superstar and make millions. I'm confident he'll declare for the draft. Getting a degree just so you can say you have a degree makes no sense for someone in a position to make millions right away. College degrees are becoming more and more overrated.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Let's see what happens on April 28th. That's the deadline. I'll bet he declares for the NBA draft. If not, a lot of tanking teams will be ticked.


If Jabari enters the draft next year, he's pretty much guaranteed $4 Million a year. I would love to see him get paid by playing a year or two in the NBA and then go on a mission. He'd get the exposure to the NBA and would be able to establish himself in the league before serving a mission.

It may sound crazy, but if you look at David Archuleta and Will Hopoate in Australia, they were both able to put aside lucrative, high profile, professional careers and from all reports, serve as successful missionaries. Will Hopoate is back to Rugby and playing his way back into shape.

Cedar Hills, UT

this is exactly why I think the NBA is in decline - one year in college (if that) and off to the NBA. College hoops is losing and the NBA is losing. The lure of money is what it's all about. You rarely get the Grant Hills and players like that anymore which dilutes the league and the talent pool. You get unpolished dunkers and that's about it.

Bountiful, UT

Mission, then finish school, THEN NBA!

California Bob
Valley Springs, CA

Former UCLA greats, Kareem Abdul Jabber and Brian Walton, tout their college degrees as accomplishments in something unrelated to the basketball court. Both have found enriching careers post-NBA. Parker will do what best suits him. If he follows Jabber and Walton, Parker will find himself in another minority classification--NBA superstar with a college degree. And, should be take a hiatus for a two-year LDS mission, he'd probably end up in a class all by himself--NBA superstar with college degree and as a returned missionary.


ask the 70% of college grads this spring who can't get a job equal to their education how important that degree is. Or someone, who with the stroke of a pen can make more before the ink dries than most of us make in a lifetime.

Kearns, UT

I recall Shawn Bradley getting a $44 million dollar contract right off his mission without playing basketball for two years. Sure his NBA career wasn't that great but he play for what? 10 or 12 years? Brother Parker ought to seriously consider a mission.

a serious man
Rexburg, ID

How do ya'll know he's better off serving a mission? One size fits all?

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Parker obviously values education. He could declare for the draft, plan in the NBA and continue his education in the off season. There is no reason he could not get a Masters Degree this way if he wanted it.

Going into the NBA does not make getting his degree impossible.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Hey Bob,
Who is Jabber and Brian Walton? Granted I don't religiously follow college or pro ball but I've never heard of those two who you seem to think were star players.

Fruit Heights, UT

Cant blame Parker if he chooses to go to the NBA - money is money. If he really wants the college education, there are ways to get it (in the offseason or after he's done playing).

Provo, UT

Whoever said he should go to the NBA, then on a mission, I'm not sure that's possible. Either too much fame and money to walk away from, plus how many lottery picks sign a year or two contract (are they even allowed to?). Yes, I served a mission, it was great, I loved it, but how do we know that jabari being in the nba wouldn't be his missionary experience? Every situation is unique.

Salt Lake City, UT

earthquakejake - terrible advice. College degree isn't about the paycheck at the end. It's about making the transition to becoming an adult, learning new ideas and exploration, among other things. Jabari would best be served by going to college, but then again I think he would be best served with a mission. It's all about perspective. And that differs for most people. To each his own.

St Louis, MO

Let's be honest; to the true-blue LDS here, unless he's going on a mission, he's making a mistake. There really is no need to cite precedents of athletes coming back from a mission and going on to a pro career. Just stick to your guns and say what you mean . . you believe serving a mission is the most important thing anyone Jabari's age can do, The End.

Of course there are a handful of examples of LDS athletes serving missions and then coming back to have successful pro careers. What's not as easy to evaluate is how many would have had careers had they not chosen a mission. Who knows? It stretches credulity to state or imply that an athlete's career is enhanced by a church mission.

You can't look at the career of an elite athlete the same way you can other most professions. There's a relatively short shelf-life involved; 10-20 years depending on the sport. David Archuleta may be able to sing into his golden years. It's not as simple as some of you make it out to be.

Tooele, UT

@Whoa Nellie

I'm pretty sure California Bob was referring to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill (not Brian) Walton.

I've been known for mistyping things on occasion myself.

As for Jabari, he's an outstanding young man from a good family so I'm certain whatever decision he makes will be one he has gone over carefully with those he trusts. Personally, I would like to see him play at Duke for another season for several reasons.

#1 - Many Blue Devils fans are still shell shocked their team lost in the first round of the Big Dance this year. Another year at Duke will give these fans the chance to see Jabari play for a team which will hopefully do better next season.

#2 - When one looks at how the NBA rookies have performed overall this season, it is clear many could have used some extra time playing college ball before they took the leap to the pros. The more mature Jabari can get playing at Duke, the better his overall NBA career will turn out.

As a side note, since people already know he is LDS, Jabari is already serving as an unofficial missionary for the church.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

Jabari Parker would fit really well into Ty Corbins defensive strategy here with the Jazz.

The Jazz are #29 out of 30 teams on defense. This despite and he and Jazz managements endless preseason promises and pontifications. Any more questions about whether he can coach defense? #29 out of 30.

"Semi"-joking aside, Parker seems like a very intelligent person.

People get degrees to educate themselves and to be able to support themselves. Jabari Parker should go the NBA as soon as possible. He will likely make easily $150 million over his NBA career and possibly more.

That pretty much negates needing to get a college degree now. He can do it later and have the money to easily live his entire life self-supported without financial worry.

There is also plenty of time later, in a financially independent life, to serve multiple service/proselyting missions.

Mountain View, CA

A mission might be right for you, but isn't the point to move along the work no matter how it is done?

Steve Young didn't serve a mission, and look at the impact he had on the church. He is treated as a Titan in LDS culture.

Jabari should absolutely go to the NBA this year, use it as a platform for whatever good he wants to do.

Any other choice is stupid.

Sammamish, WA

He would be a better missionary and representative of the church if he went to the NBA and was a great role model. Fireside here and there. Picking up millions along the way doesn't hurt.

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