BYU basketball: Mormon hoops recruit Jabari Parker narrows list to five schools; BYU still in running

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  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Nov. 5, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    Regardless of which school he attends or if he might have some other plans, the exposure he has received has been terrific. A great young man who is also a superior basketball talent is humble rather than entitled, a very good and serious student rather than just getting by. Hat's off to a set of wonderful parents who were able to raise their kids with their lives in balance. I read a comment on SI which made a piont of claiming that Jabari wouldn't be getting the publicity and exposure if he went to BYU, that he would receive at the other 4 schools. I guess they have forgotten the name Jimmer and the most enjoyable year of college basketball I can recall. Or those battles between top 5 schools BYU and San Diego St which were matchups with two highly regarded schools outside the tourney something not seen in a very long time.

  • Central Texan Buda, TX
    Oct. 9, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    Is Jabari now considering going on a mission right out of high school and then going straight to the NBA draft?

    Oct. 8, 2012 10:16 p.m.

    'If he commits, BYU may have the #5 recruiting class.'

    So What, does that mean on paper byu has a final 4 team.
    that'll be the day

  • t-boy provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 11:25 p.m.

    BYU would love to have him. BYU hasn't had a decent big man in years. Brandon Davies does a good job at center, but he isn't tall enough. I think Jabari + BYU = Magic

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Oct. 6, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    Re: Striker

    " If he commits, BYU may have the #5 recruiting class."

    Nice try, Striker. We all know that BYU currently has the #6 recruiting class and nabbing the #1 recruit would boost them to #1 or #2. Not that it matters (rankings that is)... BYU is now legit. They go dancing every year, consistently recruit top talent, and are easily the best team in Utah.

    I still doubt that Jabari comes but it is a real tribute to the program and coach Rose that he is considering it. With Haws, Carlino, Austin, Emery, Mika and Parker we could make a serious run in the tournament.

  • EdCullen Orem, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    Oh please oh please come to BYU!!

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Oct. 6, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    "Haters like u-tah are clueless"

    They always are and always will be. They are TOTALLY jealous the top recruit is thinking about BYU and has them in the same category as Duke and Florida. If he commits, BYU may have the #5 recruiting class.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 6, 2012 12:08 a.m.

    Would love to see it. A national championship in basketball would go along nicely with the one in football.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Oct. 5, 2012 8:09 p.m.

    That BYU is even listed among these 4 other very elite basketball programs makes me smile. That Jabari has narrowed the list to five and BYU is still in the running makes me giddy.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 5, 2012 7:51 p.m.

    From a coach recruiting him, and the nice news, is that a potential mission is still a topic of discussion with him... that he wants to preserve that option. Unfortunately this coach is not from one of the remaining list.... We would love to have him out here though. Which is fine... I would rather him at Duke anyway.

    That would be soooooo cool to have him here at Duke.

  • Watchoutforthat Houston, TX
    Oct. 5, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    He should go where he feels comfortable going! Exposure is not an issue, even if he went to middle of no where U, he wouldn't fall off any NBA team's radar. I hope BYU is a great fit for him, but I will cheer for the guy no matter where he plays!

  • hamaca Baton Rouge, LA
    Oct. 5, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    He may be looking at what the potential starting line ups might be next season as one of a number of factors in his choice of colleges. This exercise might help him better understand what his potential role will be and how it would impact the team's performance.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    Jabari go to Duke or one of the other schools. Going elsewhere is the best thing for you and your career AND will be the best thing for the missionary work of the Mormon Church.

  • Kenster72 Fresno, CA
    Oct. 5, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    If you are good you will get noticed no matter were you play. Just ask Jimmer. I find his final 5 interesting in that these schools don't typically recruit 1 an done players maybe Florida being the exception. Here's to hoping he chooses the Y but good luck to him which ever school he chooses.

  • PACute_ Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 5, 2012 5:51 p.m.


    For green with jealousy BYU-hating Utah fan definitely not on the dean's list, see mirror.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    He's a thoughtful young man and his choice will be his alone. Considering his previous statements about the LDS Church and his personal life, he's demonstrated his character. His athletic skills are only one aspect of how he will benefit the school he chooses.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Oct. 5, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    Jabari's parents and coach both confirmed that BYU isn't on his final 5 list simply as a nod to his church school; Jabari is seriously considering BYU because of the excellence of the school and BYU's basketball program.

    Haters like u-tah are clueless. Playing at BYU won't diminish Jabari's NBA prospects in the slightest, in fact, it could enhance them if BYU were to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament, which is very likely, considering the outstanding recruiting class Coach Rose already has committed for 2013.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    Oct. 5, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    "strong religious convictions that can only be met at a school like BYU"????

    Someone should notify the college and university institute programs around the nation that they're not meeting the needs of their LDS students.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 5, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    "So, you're saying there's a chance. . . . "

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    I won't hold my breath for him to choose BYU but I will pray for it every night. :-)

    Contrary to what a lot of posters think.. BYU has a good basketball program with some great talent coming into the program. Jabari will get exposure and attention wherever he goes and while it would be tough to pass on Duke, he does have strong religious convictions that can only be met at a school like BYU.

    I've read a lot about Jabari and know that he's an intelligent kid. He'll make the right decision for his life and my opinion or yours won't have anything to do with it.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    For secularists, U-tah is right. For those who are faith-based, religion is part of life. Who knows, if Parker scores very low on his ACT the utes may have a shot at him.

  • SpaceCowboy69 Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    Would love to see him at BYU but how do you pass on Duke.

    Oct. 5, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    We will see how bright Jabari really is. If he chooses the Y you know he didn't make the Deans list. Get the exposure at Duke and ride it into the NBA. Be smart, this isn't a religious decison.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Hope springs eternal!