Blue roundup: Jabari Parker 'serious' about BYU

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    Dec. 9, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    Chris B and Pac12fan, man, all of this recruiting news about BYU...I sure hope the bridges near your homes are secured

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Aug. 3, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    "Last I checked Steve Nash played in this conference, when they didn't have near the exposure they do now."

    John Stockton also came from this "lowly" conference. Two of the best point guards to ever play the game came from the WCC.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 2, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    This is now the second national publication that has quoted Parker saying that BYU is high on his list. The other one is Sports Illustrated. And yet the jealous Ute trolls are still insisting that BYU has zero chance of landing him. We all know it is still a long shot, but at least we are in the conversation unlike a certain other school in Utah. Worry about your own team and whether or not they will be able to win a single conference game this year.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 2, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    One thing is for sure about this, utah has no chance of getting him and they have tried to recruit him. He simply dismissed them out of hand as a non consideration and is only considering schools that he would actually want to attend.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Aug. 2, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    crowntown1 | 10:09 p.m. Aug. 1, 2011
    Corona, CA

    "One year in Provo and this kid will be counting the days to get outta."

    Dude, I have been to Corona...

    Aug. 2, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    I love all the smack about playing in the WCC and their small gyms. Last I checked Steve Nash played in this conference, when they didn't have near the exposuer they do now. All of BYU's games will be nationally televised and last but not least Duke has one of the smallest arenas in all of basketball and they're still pretty good. A big gym doesn't make a good team. I would love to have Mr. Parker at the Y. His mom went to school at the Y and so at least the Cougs are in the discussion, don't u trolls wish he your school was on his radar. Go Cougs.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Aug. 1, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    This will give the Ute fans some cardiac fibrillations.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 10:35 p.m.


    What happened to your promise that you would never post on here again? I know, it's hard to ignore BYU isn't it?

  • cougarNV Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 1, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    Too bad Utah posters above don't recall the fun at the Thomas & Mack with UNLV.
    Utah can't even compare with the intensity.

    Mr. Parker isn't even considering Utah as a choice. Haters can't leave the Cougars alone.

  • Big Pappy west jordan, utah
    Aug. 1, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    Sounds like a good kid who will make a good decision. Would love to see him in the Cougar blue.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    ChrisB and Hedgehog. Let's see BYU plays 32 games.(18 preseason games) 11 preseason games are in front of maybe 13-17,000 fans each. (Remember very few are the size of BYU's Marriott Center.) 7 preseason games are at BYU. 7 conference game in front of 5,000 fans each. The remaining 12 are at home in front of 21,000+ fans.

    Now what was Utah's average attendance the last few years. I think it was around 2,000 per game. It won't matter how many a BB arena holds (home or away) if the team can't win, which is the situation Utah faced all last year and much of the year before. No one will come to watch them. It remains how they will fare this year again. Don't hold your breath.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    @ PAC12Fan

    Maybe your team should start playing in a high school gym, it could help pad your teams stats in the win column. Then again teams like Southern Baptist will play the utes anywhere, anytime... so they can pad their stats with a "W".

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    Aug. 1, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    One year in Provo and this kid will be counting the days to get outta.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    The ute trolls are in full scale panic.


  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 9:21 p.m.


    Did you go to the BYU/SDSU game in Provo this year? 23,000 fans going crazy for two hours - came out with my ears ringing. Not a more intense atmosphere in the country. BYU/Gonzaga should be epic this year. Too bad Utah has no B-Ball program but I guess Cougar fans will have to fill the Huntsman again this year since there won't be any Ute fans there.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    BYU cannot compare to Duke in academics or hoops. Duke's atmosphere is electric every game even in the "down" years. A few years ago when BYU was down, the Marriott Happy Place barely had a few thousand fans except when Utah or UNLV was visiting.


    How many of the current BYU roster did you coach?

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    Aug. 1, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Bluto said - "How did Duke work out for one Chris Burgess?"

    That was exactly my thought. But it would still be very hard to pass up a full ride to Duke. However, Jimmer's POY and #10 pick remind us that he could come to BYU and easily fulfill his goals. Especially coming in as a top hs talent. Jimmer was almost unkown and look what he was able to accomplish.

    The question boils down to whether you want to be one of 15 all-americans or "the man" on campus. If he continues to progress as he has so far he may be a one year collegian wherever he goes.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 9:00 p.m.


    Oooohhhhhhhhhh! Good for you.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 1, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    Imagine going from you got Jimmered, to you got Jabaried! Just rolls off the tongue doesn't it?

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 1, 2011 7:31 p.m.


    Camereon Field House at Duke is probably the funnest, most intense place in the world to watch a basketball game. I went to a UNC at Duke game a few years ago.........unreal! Portland State at BYU in the 20k+ seat Marriot Center? hahahahahahahaahaha!

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 1, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    I think Jabari will go to a big time program. Play in a real conference. His faith may be playing a role, but he is a blue chip talent. BYU in their last 10 NCAA tourney invites has only won 3 games. My goodness, Coach K averages at least that many wins each year in the championship. Jabari will most likely be in blue and white.......Duke's colors!

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 1, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Small gyms??

    If utah played in a "small gym" it would look at least half for their games instead of that "empty" look.

  • hamaca Baton Rouge, LA
    Aug. 1, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    Duke basketball arena seating capacity: 9314.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 1, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    Isn't BYU that school that tried to get into the WAC and failed? If Jabari picks a program like that over a program like Duke, we might have to have him committed.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    Suffer the trolls to get their trash published. I thought the Trib was for comments like some that have been approved today? Pathetic.

    Back to the story...

    How could anybody think of missing a media opportunity like BYU for their talent? There is no other place on the planet that will provide 'heavy rotation' of your talent like BYU with ESPN and BYUtv!

    Jabari... This IS the right place!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 1, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    There's no doubt that it's a stretch to think that a kid with this much talent would come to BYU when he could go anywhere, and I do mean anywhere. But the fact that he's considering BYU says something about what the program has become. This is not the same BYU athletic program it was 10 years ago. We are attracting top tier talent in all sports.

    If basketball is Jabari's only motivation, he will end up at Duke or Kansas or Kentucky (if he wants the one year and done experience). But if he's looking for more, BYU could be a possibility. My fingers are crossed. I hope to see him in blue and white.

    Now on to the second subject - How can any Ute troll could take shots at BYU's basketball program when U're program is in total collapse? The Utes will finish at the bottom of the PAC12 in basketball. I wouldn't be surprised if U didn't win a single conference game.

    BYU will be reloading in the back court, but with Carlino, Harrison, and Winder the back court looks bright. The front court is solid with Davies, Hartsock, Collinsworth, Abouo, and Rogers.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    @ aficionado

    I don't know who is more clueless, Chris B. or You.

    First of all, Davies is LDS, Secondly, your implication that LDS' are more "believing" at living the honor code, is ignorant well.

    Enough with being so condescending.

  • chicagoborn WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    Another kid coming out of Simeon High school. Same school that D-Rose went to. Chicago produces some ballers. As long as this kid goes to the Bulls or the Jazz after college is fine with me.

  • AZnewser Snowflake, AZ
    Aug. 1, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    I didn't think BYU had a chance to land this kid until I saw Chris B predicting they wouldn't... now I'm all smiles.

    Better to get the exposure at BYU than to sit the bench at Duke or Kansas!

  • stonewall Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    This is a definite long shot. And any of my fellow BYU fans touting ESPN exposure and recent success as a reason why we would sign him are probably suffering from some tunnel-vision. The reality is that we don't have the exposure that Duke, Michigan State, Kansas, or Kentucky has. We're never going to beat those teams on success, prestige, or exposure. And being from Chicago, programs closer to home also have that edge. So on all typical, practical, basketball-related matters BYU will lose Jabari to other, bigger programs.

    With that said, any of the pessimists already declaring there's no way he comes to Provo are forgetting one thing. Based on personal reasons, there's a reasonable chance he could come to BYU. The faith card is big for a lot of people, hence why Heaps, Harrison, Apo, and many other athletes come instead of going to larger programs. Even Manti Te'o gave BYU a hard look based on faith when he could have gone anywhere. BYU wins enough and can create enough buzz around a player a la Jimmer to assuage those basketball doubts he might have and make him choose the environment there. Improbable, but possible

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 5:00 p.m.

    Note to Coach Rose - when Jabari decides on Duke instead of BYU, don't tell him that he let down 14 million people. From the past - bad move.

  • aficionado Sandy, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 5:00 p.m.

    Could you imagine nick emery and jabari playing together? that would be a great back court. You add in the haws brothers, and 6' 8'' eric mika from lone peak....that could be a final four team. Collinsworth...just because jimmer is gone doesn't mean byu is going to be bad.

    Chris B:
    Brandon Davies wasn't an espn #2 player in the nation, was he? And. I don't think davies was lds. Jabari is. Which means he believes in the honor code a little more. I think the two kids are very different.

    True Blue for Life!

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 1, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    If Coach K called brainer! Go to Duke!

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Aug. 1, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Chris B

    Interesting to see you throwing rocks at a school he actually mentioned....

    Are we still "marking everything down" that you type, or was that getting too embarrassing for you?

  • Starfarer Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    Chris B

    So let me get this straight. Yoru saying that because Jabari is black, he will make the same mistakes Brandon did?

    That's a little racist, don't you think?

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:26 p.m.


    "Collegiate Experience"

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    @Chris B

    Brandon Davies will do just fine, he still has two years of eligibility and unlike Utah players, he will actually stay with BYU and finish his collegiate with flying colors.

    He is a fine young Man, with great Charachter and Devotion.

    And You, Chris?

  • giantfan Farmington, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    Re: Chris B

    You know, I could understand you trying to persuade a big name player to not commit to your hated rival if your own school was in the mix to land him. Othewise it just appears petty and small. Par for the course?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    He sounds dang good. And dang neat.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    @ Chris B, et al

    What is the difference between playing in a High School gym and at the u?
    The HS gym is packed with 10,000 to 15,000 people and the HC has 12 people "packed" into it. Plus it is hard to see them because their faces are so red (embarrassment) from their team getting killed even with that 7' wall they were boasting about.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    Jabari Parker - see Brandon Davies

    That didn't work out so well.

    You won't either

  • giantfan Farmington, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    Re: Bluto

    Exactly! You could go to perennially good Duke and be the 3rd, 4th or 5th best player on the team or you could go to Provo and be a rockstar with unlimited ESPN coverage, as The Jimmer proved!

  • flynn is the coolest Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    @PAC12Fan "Don't mess with an Independent that plays in high school gyms if these schools truly are on the radar."

    I'm pretty sure this kid isn't going to play as an independant- he plays basketball, not football.

    -Go to Duke, MSU, etc. and be one of dozens of future NBA players. Go to BYU, have a team built around you, become ESPN's poster boy, win NPOY as a freshman, become a BYU legend, meet a future wife, and still go to the NBA!

    On a side note, if BYU can land this kid, they had better get a non-conference schedule to match. The bball schedule for 2011 is looking pretty dismal-but no worse than a PAC schedule!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    I think BYU has a great chance to get Jabari. To start out, Jimmer has proven that a great player surrounded by a solid team can capture the nations interest and can be an NBA lottery pick. He sounds mature enough to make a tough decision for the right reasons. He may decide he wants the BYU experience and he doesn't want to be just another 5 star recruit at Duke or Kentucky. The exposure that the BYU football and basketball teams will be having on national tv every week may help persuade him. Watching their success over the next 2 seasons, he may decide that he likes BYU enough to come to Provo. I hope he chooses BYU but, either way, I wish him luck wherever he goes. He is in a great position.

    Reading between the lines of pac12fan and crisb.
    Please don't come to BYU. BYU just can't be good! We said they wouldn't. It would only feed our inferiority complex and our BYU obsessions.

  • giantfan Farmington, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    Did Chris B just predict that BYU has no shot at Jabari? That's good enough for me, he's singend, sealed, delivered to Provo!!

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    How did Duke work out for one Chris Burgess?

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    Chris B:

    Thanks for your support. But we'll worry about the sweet 16. U just try and find a way to not have your 5th losing season in 7 years this year, who knows U may even have enough to field a team, and next year U could start losing players to graduation instead of transfers.

    Might be a good idea to have consecutive winning seasons before you start in on postseason tournament smack.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    Does anyone know where Utah ranks on his list? With Utah's PAC12 status and all, they must be high.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:44 p.m.


    Don't mess with a program paying 3 head basketball coaches at the same time and which can only put a few thousand fans in a 15k seat arena.

    Conversely, come and play in the 23k seat Marriott Center at BYU, which was ranked 5th in the Nation in attendance, as BYU was a top 10 team all year and went to the Sweet 16.

    Indeed, come to BYU, where every single game will be on National TV with ESPN and BYU-TV. And remember, only 8 games, in BYU's 32 game schedule will be played in WCC gyms. Visit those great and beautiful campuses and feel and know what a College Towne Atmosphere is all about.

    And don't settle for some Glorified Commuter School like the U, where you need to catch a train to get to class.

    Come to BYU, where just last year, Jimmer, was the "Face" of College Basketball all year long. Jimmer even had his own nightly update on ESPN.

    Oh yea, your biggest dreams will come true at BYU.

    Jimmer was the Unanimous National Player of the Year.

    And best of all, it's Your Culture. Come and Enjoy being Young with like minded people.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    2040 Chris B? Isn't that when you are supposed to be eligible to comment again if you kept your "I won't comment again if I'm wrong about" promises were kept?

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    @ Chris B...BYU was good 20 years ago...Roger Reid had 2 kid on the team and things went downhill for a while...Dave rose has brought respect back to the program...BYU is very good right now...they will be very good for the next several years...they are a top 20 NCAA basketball program...NO QUESTION!

  • Alpine Coug Alpine, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    @ PAC12Fan

    In prior years, I would have totally agreed with you. But, this is a brand-new era for BYU athletic teams. Fresh off BYU's Sweet 16 appearance, top 10 rankings, Jimmer's POY/ESPY honors, plus the new ESPN contract (guaranteeing that every game will be nationally broadcast)-BYU becomes a realistic option for a young man such as Jabari. Jimmer has shown that even a lightly recruited LDS athlete can become a true national icon. Add to that formula the fact that Jabari has been raised a member of the LDS faith and you have a decent and even realistic chance that he could say "no thanks" to the Dukes and Kansas' of the world and sign with BYU.

    P.S. You Ute fans need to give up your obsession with the smaller gyms of the WCC. The couple I have been to are far nicer than any HS gym in America. Of course, it was only your subtle attempt to belittle the Cougs-but please save yourself the smack talk until the other Coach K resurrects the program on the hill. Actually I hope that it is sooner than later.

    Go Cougs!

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:38 p.m.

    An LDS kid interested in BYU. Where is the news here? Those are recruits you have to land. It's news if he doesn't choose BYU.

  • BlueSaint South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:38 p.m.

    If that's true about BYU, I guess we'll see the Utes in 3040?

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    Oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please...

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    But the ute trolls like pac12"fan" and wedgie just told us a few days ago that BYU wasn't even on Jabari's list? You could read the panic in pac12"fans" post above. LOL!

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:31 p.m.

    It doesnn't matter that the WCC gyms are not that large. If he lands at BYU he'd be on ESPN naerly as much as he would if he went to Duke, Mishigan St., etc. It would be latter in the evening, especially on the east coast, but the national audience would be huge. He'd be the best player in the league and most likely the entire west. He could play right away instead of possibly sitting behind someone else at a bigger name school, and would fit nicely into Rose's run and gun offense. Please come Jabari. You will not regret it!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Duke, Kanses, Michigan State, BYU

    One of these things is not like the others

    Keep dreaming cougars.

    Congrats on your first sweet 16 trip in 30 years.

    See ya in 2040

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    If Duke, Michigan State, Illinois, Washington or Kansas call you, you don't mess around with BYU. Duke alone should change your mind. Don't mess with an Independent that plays in high school gyms if these schools truly are on the radar.

  • TheCrow American Fork, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    I'd love to see him at BYU! We can dream can't we? Good luck to him where ever he goes.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    I am trying to be realistic, and I recognize that Jabari Parker is probably out of reach for BYU, but the Cougar fan in me is still hoping that BYU can land this kid. What a coup that would be for Dave Rose and the Cougar program! The tremendous success of The Jimmer is what makes landking Parker even a remote possibility.

  • Alpine Coug Alpine, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    Even IF (note the BIG IF) he were to be swayed away from Coach K and Duke and other big-time programs and decided to come to Provo-it would only be for a single year. But, what a year the 2012-2012 season could be with Jabari and the remaining roster from the Jimmer era.

    It could possibly be BYU's one and only chance ever for a basketball national championship. Convinced that any NC team must have good if not dominant big men in the middle and a good outside game to complement them.

    How sweet it would be! No doubt that Jimmer's recent success and POY honors make BYU a far more viable option for a truly elite athlete like Jabari.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 1, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    One visit to Provo, and the BYUtv/ESPN exposure will seal this deal. Things are looking up.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Aug. 1, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    He should just give Coach Rose a call and focus on basketball. He is good enough that it won't matter where he plays. His NBA future is secure. Come to BYU, become a legend, find a wife, then onto the NBA. Go Cougs!

  • SoCalTrueBlue2 San Diego, CA
    Aug. 1, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    Fun to dream about BYU being in the running to get a hoops star of this ability. Thanks to Jimmer and his National Player of the Year awards for making this dream even possible. Wherever Jabari ends up, I will cheer for him because he sounds like an outstanding young man in additional to an amazing player.