Jabari Parker says he plans to go to college in 2013 — not an LDS mission

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  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 8:37 p.m.

    Obviously, the decision is between him and the Lord. If he goes, great, if he doesn't he can still be a positive example for kids and the LDS Church. Two names prove the point: Jimmer and Young.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    Jake Heaps didn't go on a mission, look at all of the positive press he brought to the Church and BYU.

  • vinnyb3 Provo, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 11:54 a.m.


    I believe Jabari will be 18 still so he falls under the group which President Monson said has the option to go if they're ready. So he hasn't tried to make himself and exception.
    I think it'd be great for him to serve, but this is a tough decision. I think we're often a little tough on LDS star athletes who decide not to serve missions. It would be a terribly hard decision to make and if we were in their shoes we may have made the same decision as them.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    Hope he changes his mind and goes. His brother is a good example for him that he ought to follow.

    Frankly the best high school player in the USA only averaging 18.9 points a game, doesn't indicate to me that he's the best. A couple of extra years of maturity would help him a lot. Just look at Haws for BYU. The dude is 8 months off of a mission and averaging over 20 points a game.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2012 8:50 a.m.


    "hahaha no he couldnt"

    You're simply demonstrating how little you know about basketball by disputing that Jabari already has the talent to go straight from HS to the NBA.

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 9:29 p.m.

    @bluecoug hahaha no he couldnt.

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 11:53 p.m.

    Elk Hair Caddis

    Missionary work isn't just about effectiveness. It's about forgetting ones self and going to work.

  • Tornogal LITTLE ROCK, AR
    Dec. 1, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    President Spencer W. Kimball said:

    “The question is frequently asked: Should every young man fill a mission? And the answer has been given by the Lord. It is ‘Yes.’ Every young man should fill a mission. …

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 5:06 p.m.


    "The kid looks 6' 8" and skinny. Could he really play on the college level as a starter a year from now?"

    Are you kidding? The "kid" could go straight to the NBA if he didn't have to wait until he was 19.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    Tough decision for this young man. I wish him well and hope he remembers his roots..It is great to have free agency and have our own choice..

    Dec. 1, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    The kid looks 6' 8" and skinny. Could he really play on the college level as a starter a year from now? Two years just might beef him up and get him physically and mentally ready for the next level. His choice and ours to watch.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 9:10 a.m.


    The church has never made any formal announcement for alternative service for star athletes, but church leaders also recognize that the positive press the church receives by athletes setting a good example can be an extremely powerful missionary tool for the church.

    Just imagine how much positive publicity the church could receive through a true super-star, black, LDS athlete like Jabari being constantly asked about how his religious beliefs influence his life.

    There are many ways to serve the Lord that don't fall within the established norm.

    It's Jabari's choice to decide how he will serve the Lord.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Dec. 1, 2012 7:41 a.m.

    He will play one year before his mission. Thing is I never heard a church leader give alternate service for star athletes to excuse them from missions if they are worthy and able.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Dec. 1, 2012 1:02 a.m.

    Manti Teo has shown a great example at Notre Dame. Jabari can do likewise at a school other than BYU. Jimmer & Steve Young did not serve formal missions. Jabari would be in that category of athlete and beyond.

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:54 p.m.

    He is already doing missionary work. He is a great example. Not sure a white shirt and tie will increase his effectiveness in this area.

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:47 p.m.

    The circus has come and gone. He'll probably go where the money is.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    There are definitely more important things to think about than this! Let it rest until it happens!

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    Why does it matter? Why is it our business? Why are we allowed to comment on this? Move along DN.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:27 p.m.


    True, and no one is telling him what to do. But, as a public figure (which he most certainly is), he is in the arena and subject to comments from posters that will express their opinion--just as you do yours.

  • TallNSkinny43 Germantown, MD
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:21 p.m.

    Does this mean he has said he won't be going on a mission at all? Or just that he won't go next year and there is still a possibility the following year? I didn't see any not that made me think the second isn't still an option. Can anyone clear this up?

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:03 p.m.

    It is his life for him to exercise his agency and no one else's.

  • Mark from Montana Aurora, CO
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:01 p.m.

    Having decided not to serve a mission, I predict he will go anywhere but BYU.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 30, 2012 9:51 p.m.

    Jabari also said he won't decide on which university until January or February..