Duke is a good choice for basketball star Jabari Parker

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 29, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    Perhaps he could have been a star at BYU.... but the church doesn't need stars in Utah... it really doesn't. As has been asked from the pulpit many times over, we need to build the church around the world, not just in Utah. Not every kid can go to BYU, nor Idaho. We need thriving LDS communities at all the good schools in the nation. This will be a boon for the LDS communities around UNC and Duke - and even by extension NC State. Sometimes the net effect is far greater than just basketball... it has far larger impact. In this case, yes, he gets to play for Coach K, but he also helps build a strong student community at our local universities.

    The impact of his decision goes well beyond basketball itself.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Dec. 26, 2012 11:52 p.m.

    Would have been fun to see him a BYU, but who wouldn't pick Duke in his situation? Great talent, smart move on his part, and from what I've always heard about Duke, he will receive support for his beliefs and values. Coach K is the perfect mentor for a young talent with values that especially include education!

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 9:43 p.m.

    Nice letter from a ute fan. Jabari is going to be successful wherever he goes. He could have been a legend at BYU now he is just one more good player from Duke. If he only plans to play for one year, it would have been more of a challenge and more entertaining to see him at BYU.

    Either way I wish him only the best. Seems like a fine young man who will be successful at any level. Good luck to him and his family!