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Published: Saturday, April 12 2014 1:05 a.m. MDT

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Mcallen, TX

One for two:

* will not go on a mission
* will not go back to Duke

Gilbert, AZ

I don't think there has been a great athlete that has regretted serving a Mormon mission.

Provo, UT

Super tough decision. He'll do great things for the LDS Church either way. I don't think most of us really understand how tough of a decision this would be.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Good decision Jabari!

I don't think you will ever regret it.

Lovely Deseret,

How many great athletes who had tremendous professional careers have express regret over not going on a mission?

roy, UT

My gut it telling me Jabari will stay in school to have a chance of winning an NCAA championship, plus he will be with a very talented roster and the best coach in college basketball. The Utah Jazz picked the wrong year to not be any good considering they will have the sixth pick in the draft and all of the best college players will be gone by the time they select.

How I wish Corbin would have started Kanter, Favors, Trey, Alex and Gordon three or four months ago and let them develop as a starting unit. I believe their record would be much better and management would be focusing more on free agency and surrounding them with good bench players with the available cap space they have then the upcoming draft.

I hope Jabari makes the right decision for himself and that the Jazz will get very luck in the lottery and have the balls bounce their way!!

Orem, UT

I think he needs to talk to David Archuleta.

Pleasant Grove, UT

What is the big hurry? Wouldn't he be a much more valuable player with three more years of collegiate play under his belt? He would also be able to complete his undergraduate education. Are his parents pushing this? I had previously thought Parker was a young man with goals in his life that reached a little higher place than he is now showing. It seems that getting out "there" and making bucks seems to be the ultimate goal at this point. Too bad.

Sanpete, UT


Since athleticism and singing are the same category.

David Archuleta would still be able to maintain his same level of skill on his mission.

Parker could and most likely would lose much of his skill. He would drop from a top 3 pick to possibly not even being drafted at all.

Coming from me, an RM and active member, the whole mindset of missions and being and RN is completely absurd to me. RM means nothing. I served with many people who should have been sent home for things they did, but they are RMs and nobody knows what type of missionaries they were.
If Parker is an active, worthy and good Priesthood holder--who cares. A mission is not a saving ordinance. The purpose of college is to provide for your family. If Parker can get one year of college in and then have the possibility to provide for his family next year, that is HIS decision. Not ANY of you. Shame on all of you for judging him for his decision. Neither of you are him, the Savior, or his bishop or stake president.

Gregory Hill
Richboro, PA

Jabari would almost surely be a top three pick in this year's draft. He is viewed by basketball scouts as being more polished than Andrew Wiggins, who is viewed as having more upside.

I really hope he declares for the draft and ends up with the Philadelphia 76ers, and is wildly successful. We have fewer Mormons per capita in PA than any other State in the union. If Jabari comes here, he will be serving a mission of sorts, and will have a marvelous opportunity to serve as a role model, as Vai Sikahema has done.

Jeff in NC

"I don't think there has been a great athlete that has regretted serving a Mormon mission."
If you are saying that in a sarcastic tone, then you're funny and I agree.

Gregory Hill
Richboro, PA

Happy, Jabari would not likely be viewed as more desirable by NBA teams if he remained at Duke. He is already a consensus Top 3 draft pick, and as more polished in vid basketball skills than his competitors for the top pick: Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins.

One cannot improve much on that draft profile, but a weak season (or an injury) could result in a much less favorable future draft situation for Jabari, a deterioration that could cost him many millions of dollars.

Sandy, UT


Cottonwood, CA

People lose their minds about sports. This is all about money. I hope he does well and keeps his standards,but their is no comparison between "keeping your skills" for basketball and seeing The Lord for two years. When it came time to choose, he punted.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

I never expected him to go on a mission. It was always a hoax as was his interest in attending BYU. I'm not saying I would turn the money down, but I certainly would be honest about it. It takes courage and conviction to live standards. When he selected Duke it was clear that he had little interest in anything except professional basketball. I wish him well.


Being a returned missionary myself, I know the life experience that Jabari will be missing out on by not serving a mission. That's a shame. Jabari seems like a bright young man so I hope he makes the second-best decision and stays in school. it's too bad he's decided not to serve a mission though. He's going to miss out on a great learning experience.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Gregory Hill
I was thinking "no way is that true" and assumed a southern state had the lowest rate. I looked it up and PA is 47th (I was thinking 30th so you were much closer than I) at 392 mormons per 100,000. Guess that explains why the stake reached from the New York to Maryland border... I'd just assumed central PA was sparsely populated.

The lowest state was New Jersey at 360 per 100k. DC had 70 per 100k.

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

Disappointed at what is certainly his decision to make. It doesn't make him a bad person. Just some concern as a mission was one of his lifetime goals; hope he doesn't regret this. It is hard because he has all this attention, these "pro" expectations, money/security, a great school/program to stay with if he wants to, and some doubts about what a mission might do to his skills/conditioning.

My feeling is that ALL college athletes (with very few economic exceptions) should stay in college four years of eligibility and get a degree. That the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL should require a four-year degree to work (play) for them.

So would like to see Jabari serve a mission, get two years of maturity, finish three more years at Duke (or wink, transfer to BYU) and then go pro. Interesting, too, is that while his skill set certainly exceeds Jimmer's, it is highly possible that more time with Coach K at Duke would improve Parker's less than great defensive skills -- which with all the hype has proved to be Fredette's downfall at the next level.

Orem, UT


First off, I'm sorry your mission wasn't what you expected. I had a completely different experience that I've relied on throughout my life. I've been home 20 years but still experience lasting joy from serving. It helped mold and shape me in the gospel like no experience ever did.

My simple and unassuming comment was based on the program I watched about David Archuleta after conference. It was inspiring and he had a similar decision to make that Jabari has. No doubt David would have a huge influence for good no matter what he did, but he chose to serve the Lord by putting his love for the Savior above his own desires. That is a huge sacrifice and one I believe Jabari would benefit hearing from someone who's as famous as he is.

Basketball and singing are different, but serving a mission did not do any favors for David's singing career. Yet he still served.

I am in no way saying that Jabari has any less love for the gospel than David. I know he is getting wise council from his parents, coaches, and church leaders. I wish him only the best.

Seldom Seen Smith
Orcutt, CA

His mission will be to demonstrate how to be an exemplary Mormon by being paid millions of dollars a year to throw a ball through a hoop on Sundays.

San Antonio, TX

Steve Young (the guy who went to BYU), Donny Osmond, and both of my grandfathers did not go on missions. I am sure all of these great men (including Jabari Parker) have prayed about it. They do not strike me as people who would shirk a challenge and demur if the Lord inspired them to go on missions.

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