Duke's Jabari Parker faces tough stay-or-go decision

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  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 10, 2014 7:19 p.m.

    If he gets the gold, more power to him. But if he had a degree, he might, I say might, be able to keep the money after he's retired. Most NBA players are broke a few years after they quit, but Jabari is, hopefully, more grounded.

    One thing about Ziggy, with that finance/accounting degree, he'll keep his money, for sure. Maybe in the spirit of brotherhood, he'l be able to keep Jabari's books, too.

    Maybe that's in the furture for Ziggy - broker to the stars.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    March 8, 2014 5:04 p.m.

    He said the same thing about possibly attending BYU, about going on a mission.....so no I don't buy that he is considering returning for a second year.

    He is one and done. He will declare for the draft and take the big money. After his fourth year in the NBA, he say "I haven't made up my mind about resigning or becoming a free agent.' and people will believe him. Then he will opt for free agency and the max contract.

    I don't believe a word he says.

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    March 8, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    I thought it was about a mission as well.

    Jabari will earn enough his first year in the NBA to pay for 3 more years of college at a prestigious school.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    March 8, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    What about all those teams who have been tanking just to get a shot at drafting him?

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    March 8, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    I "hate" the NBA; it is the source of all that is wrong or bad in the modern game. All the "roller skate on both feet" type of pivoting and footwork (these guys walk/travel every time they get the ball, the submarining movement of the hand while dribbling (i.e., carrying or palming the ball), the continuation foul (when a foul starts occurring 15 ft. from the basket and the shooter gets to the rim and throws it up and the ball goes in), and "student body left" offensive charges in the paint. All of these things make the game unwatchable for me. Unfortunately, one sees that these traits have filtered down to the college and prep game as well.

    If Jabari does the "one and done" thing, I won't be able to watch him play much any more.

  • Kora Cedar Hills, UT
    March 8, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    If he is going to be a very high draft pick, as most experts predict, he will enter the NBA with a guaranteed contract worth many millions. If he gets injured and can no longer play, he has the money to pay tuition and go back to school. Look at Steve Young and Law School. If he gets injured in college while postponing the NBA, he will get the education, maybe. They can cut his scholarship if he can't play. Even if he does get the degree, he will have the degree and no money. Fairly easy choice if you ask me.

    But there are no guarantees in the NBA beyond your 3-year guarantee as a first round pick. Many top picks last year are not doing much. It is wise to have a contingency plan. Work on a degree during the off season. He appears smarter than these guys that blow all of their money foolishly and quickly.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    March 8, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    Let's just hope he can keep that attitude in the NBA. Obviously, he has been raised well by his parents. Perhaps he will be more of a missionary playing in the NBA than if we're knocking doors. It is nice to see a sports star that your kids can look up to.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 8, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    Tom in CA,
    Add Parker to the current byu team and you would of had a go fast go hard offense. Skill over will in the wcc. You would of liked the results, even if it was for just one year. They would of been Dave Rose style high scoring games with byu winning every shootout.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 8, 2014 6:37 a.m.

    Dr. G

    We are all suckers for a catchy headline! LOL

    Good job Dnews.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    March 8, 2014 4:59 a.m.

    Jabari is a total class act. He will represent himself well in the NBA. Good luck, Jabari!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 8, 2014 4:40 a.m.

    "A few things I could improve on or have left"...

    Like maybe his degree?? What happens if Jabari gets injured or somehow his NBA career just doesn't work out. What about the idea that having a degree in Finance with all those millions would help him manage his money better and know what questions to ask his CPA? He seems like a great young man but he will likely find that there is more to life than basketball.

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    March 8, 2014 1:11 a.m.

    I'm with Dr. G -- exactly when did serving a mission get taken off the table? And it would be great to see a prominent college player fulfill a full 4-year commitment to both playing at the college level and getting a college degree before going after ridiculous amounts of money and disappearing into the boring NBA.

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    March 8, 2014 12:59 a.m.

    Dr. G- Missions aren't for everyone. Maybe this "kid" will reach more people if he stays clean, yet plays in the NBA and tells his story. Of course, it's the staying clean part with all the things that will be shoved in his face, that will be the test. Let's see, go to Ecuador for two years, or set your family up for life. Ya, tough choice.

  • Dr. G Bountiful, UT
    March 7, 2014 9:37 p.m.

    Was I ever the fool! I thought the headline was talking about wither Parker should stay and play basketball OR go serve an LDS mission. And then I read the article and can't find a word about missions. Ops. What was I thinking?

  • Jared from CT SOUTHBURY, CT
    March 7, 2014 6:57 p.m.

    If only Jabari HAD come to BYU... A starting 5 of Parker, Haws, Collingsworth, Austin and Mika, with Carlino and Winder as the first two off the bench would be formidable, with a chance to go deeper in the NCAA tourney than Duke has, IMO...

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    March 7, 2014 5:01 p.m.

    This is exactly why I was not too disappointed about him not coming to BYU. I wish him well.