Nick Emery, Eric Mika approach missionary age rule change differently

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  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    April 15, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    I'd rally love, though, for them to get a year of growing up at college before they go to the mission field.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    March 31, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    Let's be real. Mika and Haws might get a shot in the NBA, Parker is top prospect and if he continues on his arc, likely to be a NBA lottery pick. They should make their choices based on this reality. I think it is important for Haws and Mika to view education and other decisions like serving a LDS mission based on the likelihood they don't make it in the NBA. It would be cool if they did and they are great young men, but their situation is much different than Parker's.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    March 28, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    I think it's great that these guys are going to serve missions. As with every decision, there is usually some give and take. In this case, they will gain valuable life experiences at the possible expense of not getting back to the same level of play. For those who opt not to serve a mission, they will have the chance to play an uninterrupted career, which hopefully translates to a better chance of playing in the NBA (or NFL, etc.). Professional athletes have different experiences from missionaries, but can still serve as powerful examples and role models. Hopefully athletes are not judged by us fans over their decision regarding mission service, as that decision is completely between them and God. Sounds to me like they are all very upstanding young men, whether or not they have decided to serve a mission.

    Good luck to them all! And for those who have committed to BYU: Can't wait to watch you play! Whether that be in a year or 3, we're excited to have you!

  • DRay Roy, UT
    March 28, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    Sports memories are great of limited value and redundant, the same essential thing just repeated over and over...whereas missionary experiences continue to remind and teach uniquely, forever, in ways that lift the whole soul, not just the physical side.

    If a young man were injured and his career derailed, if he then chose a mission, wouldn't that be putting first things second to worldly aspirations?

    I'll follow Jabari's career, but not so much so as those who will sacrifice it all for the Lord, those are the young men whom I most admire and respect.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    March 28, 2013 7:24 a.m.

    TFF: I'm sure you talk to him on the phone every day and know every thought in his head.

    Very presumptuous of you. From what I know of Jabari and his faith and steadfastness as a young LDS man, I don't have difficulty in believing he will second guess his decision a few times.

    But I won't judge him, or presume to speak for him.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2013 6:38 a.m.

    @ wahului

    You mean like Kobe Bryant did?...and Tracy McGrady, and Al Harrington, and Tyson Chandler, and J.R. Smith, and Andrew Bynum?

    When Jabari signs his first deal worth millions he will have a lot of feelings, but one of them won't be regret.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 28, 2013 5:37 a.m.

    Way to go Emery...das ist Prima!!!

  • Chris from Rose Park Hartford, CT
    March 28, 2013 5:18 a.m.


    While I completely agree with you that missions are wonderful experiences (not only for the missionaries but also those that are served), I hope that people don't continue to harp on Jabari. He made his decision, let us move on from that and just cheer for him to have a great career.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 27, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    Had a LOT of fun tonight on the road in Montana, watching BYU dismantle Southern Miss with a non-member Gonzaga fanatic work colleague, explaining about missions and incredible ball players that are even more incredible young men.

    Would love to have the talent immediately, but moreso love to see young men to whom basketball means much but God means more.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    March 27, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    While I love these guys deciding to attend BYU, what thrills me for THEM and the people whose lives they'll touch is their decision to serve a mission. It is a powerful, incredible, life-affirming decision. Just like young men and women who chose to serve in the military, there is great growth in serving others.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    March 27, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    Jabari should have made the same decision Emery has. I'm guessing that at some time in his future will be a sense of regret. The prospect of a one-and-done 19 or 20 year old going into the NBA at likely the 3 spot does not bode well. With his talent, giving himself a more complete chance to get his degree and more fully mature before taking on the rigors of a brutal 82+ game season would be the wiser choice, physically, mentally and spiritually. See Ziggy Ansah.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    These are two high quality recruits. Hopefully we get good years out of them.