@Panamadesnews"The teams he is interested in, other than BYU,
may not be interested if they have to wait 2 years..."Obviously
BYU, but Duke and Stanford have had LDS Basektball players before who have
served missions. They fully understand what it can do, and I am in no way a
Duke fan. But I have seen interviews in the past with Coach K on return
missionaries, he understands it, and respects it. Does Jabari read DesNews and
it's comments I don't know. But, if anyone would understand him and
be a great coach at building him back up after two years, I believe Coach K
would be the best fit. And Jabari if you read this, commit to serving a mission
and doing the Lord's work fully with heart and mind, you can only be
blessed for your service. And after this commitment is made, ask the Lord if
this is the path he has for you. I may be off my rocker, but this is my two
cents. Either way, I and many wish you the best of luck in your decision and
@Jazz Smack:If your reasoning is correct...which I have some serious
doubts because I can think of several Duke players all stars/successful long
lasting NBA careers, Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Loul
Deng and the list goes on... but if you are indeed correct then your
questionable theory says that Jabari Parker probably won't be very good in
the NBA anyways simply because he is a Duke type player. You see the
commonality would not be playing for Duke, but rather being a player that Duke
would want (they could find success at Duke, but not the NBA) Getting into the NBA is tough. Having a career of more than 7 years is
incredibly tough. There is no doubt Duke would give him the most exposure and
because of that probably the most opportunities to be successful in the NBA.
Most of the kids that have as great of expectations as Jabari don't make
it. If he's as good as they say he is, then go to a year of college go on
the mission and it'll work out. If not 9 to 5 jobs aren't that bad.
Would be awesome if he served a mission then played at the Y for a couple of
years before becoming the #1 pick in the draft.
Michigan State - the spring board for Magic Johnson - has another perk besides
having a great basketball program. They are one of the few major universities
outside of Utah that has an LDS student living center (2 apartment buildings)
associated with the Institute program and LDSSA, plus an institute/chapel
building and student ward building all situated together right across the street
from the Michigan State Campus. It gives students the benefit of living in an
apartment where LDS standards are upheld, attending a great student ward of
fellow Aggies - all the while getting a top rate education from one of
Michigan's finest universities.
I love how people say he would be a better missionary in the NBA for the church.
And that's great I guess. But turn it around, think of the difference he
could be in those individuals lives if he went on a mission. the Church can get
publicity and they don't need a basketball star to get that. Our message is
much more powerful than that. Jabari and any missionary can make a huge
difference in the life of even just a couple people by serving a mission.
That's being a missionary
So many of you, and I know you are LDS, have such a cavalier attitude toward the
Church and its mission, it frankly disgusts me.Every worthy young
man should serve a mission. The benefits in this life and beyond from a mission
cannot be obtained or replaced by fame and fortune.I look at this as
a blessing for Brother Parker. As the #1 talent in the land, there is no
program that would not take him with a full scholarship. And if he were out of
shape, he could red shirt. Leaving at 18 fulfills his desire to listen to a
prophet's voice and only put off the $$ for a little while.But
ultimately the choice is between him and the Lord, and I support his agency to
"Y ask Y" wrote at 6:04 p.m.: "It is always better to be a Blue
Devil in the heart of Basketball country than to be a Saint in the middle of
nowhere!"I wonder if "Y ask Y" realizes he was mirroring
Satan's words in Milton's "Paradise Lost"?You
know... "Here we may reign secure; and in my choiceTo
reign is worth ambition, though in hell:Better to reign in hell than serve
in heaven." Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 261 I
hope Jabari serves a mission and then attends the school of his choice. Then he
will see through the silly advice given by "Y ask Y".
The yooung man should listen to the Prophets voice. And the rest of us should
just keep quiet on this subject. The change did not come in the form of Motions
or pleadings, so, we don't need to analyze it. I think that if we say
anything, it should be, follow the Prophets voice.
I well remember a star recruit asking me if he should go on a mission. He went.
He was an all-american and is now in the pros.Jabari Parker will play in
the NBA one day, but there is simply nothing like being on an LDS mission.
It's life changing for so many people.I dont see the benefits that
Steve Young has brought to his LDS church other than as a local servant for his
ward. Whether he comes to BYU or not depends on whether or not he wants
the BYU-cultural experience---it is unique and pretty cool, but its not for
Go on a mission! It'll change your life. A college and NBA career will do
wonderful things for you, but in the end a mission will be better. These are
just my thoughts, though. Ultimately, it's between you and the Lord.
@panamadesnewsEactly what I said yesterday. If he leaves on a
mission, who (college) would think of his skill and fitness? No problem with BYU
which we will be prepare for him to get back in form. After one year of college
and he'll move on unless Dave Rose would say when it would be best for him
to move on to nba
DO NOT go to Duke.How many true NBA stars have over the last two
decades came from Duke?TOO few.Most Dukies do the slow
fade, or never made it from the start.and the few that made it
have spent their careers coming off the bench.Even the promising
Chris Burgess never developed at Duke.Dukes' succees is based
getting a lot high rated recruits who find some succes at the college level, not
in developing nba potential.Do a mission, then do a couple years
atlrast at BYU.You will still make plenty of money to set you and
your family for life. Fame is fleeting. Seeking the honors of men empty.
I also vote Duke for your NBA prep, then go to the NBA where you will be a
greater missionary of the game and your faith.
Jabari...This is a no brainer. Think DUKE then proceed to the NBA as
soon as possible. You'll do much more good for the church as an elite
professional basketball player. You can do your missionary service after you
retire just like many other faithful LDS. Best of luck.
Owl, calm down. Nobody is harassing the poor kid from this board - can't
speak for recruiters and agents, though. I can promise you Jabari is losing no
sleep over the fact the the D News published another article about him.
Two years of a mission would effectively cost this kid tens of millions of
dollars and risk his career.Jabari, I say go to Duke, go directly to
Duke, do not pass Go and do not collect $200.And there is no better
coaching in the country than Mike Krzyzewski, Chris Collins, Steve
Wojciechowski, and the rest!It is always better to be a Blue Devil
in the heart of Basketball country than to be a Saint in the middle of nowhere!
If I were in his shoes, which I'm not, but if I were, I'd go to
college first then decide. Frankly, if I had his skills I probably
wouldn't go at all. I know this is rationalizing but a mission is first
and foremost for the individual. You'll learn great things and grow a lot
but it's not impossible to do these things without a mission. The second
purpose is to teach and convert. That you can do very well, perhaps even
better, as a star pro athlete. Shawn Bradley probably would have been a bust
either way but imagine the difference he would have been had he been a star in
the NBA for the church.Just my two cents.
It's about time that we leave this young man alone so that he can make
personal decisions that affect this eternal life without our "help." He
is a human being, not a commodity.
UU32What if Jabari commits to BYU, goes straight out on a mission,
then returns to play on a BYU team stacked with a 2013 Top 10 recruiting class?
That would be a very interesting turn of events.The nice thing about
it, for BYU fans, is that's a real possibility.
UU32By and large, we'd feel cheated, but hopefully only a few
would ever express spiteful feelings about it.Spot light on, I wish
him the best. He's on a lonely stage right now. Good thing his family is
The teams he is interested in, other than BYU, may not be interested if they
have to wait 2 years and then not know what his physical conditioning would be
at that time. No problem for BYU, as they handle this type of thing year in and
year out. If he does opt for the mission at age 18, I think the odds are that he
will end up at BYU for at least a year.
What if, Jabari commits to BYU, goes straight out on a mission, then decides to
go straight into the NBA - rather than return to play a year at BYU? That would
be an interesting turn of events.
Pray about it Jabari, you'll get the answer you need to get. Either way
I'll always be a fan.
This is a very difficult decision for Jabari make. There is a huge body of
evidence that suggests that the years from ages 19-21, or even 18-20 are
incredibly important for development; especially for basketball players. What
LDS basketball players in the last 30 years have gone on missions and then had
successful NBA careers? Essentially none. Shawn Bradley was the number 2 overall
pick in 1993, but his career is largely seen as a failure. I think his big
mistake was going straight from the mission to the NBA. He was out of shape and
got owned his rookie season and thereafter lost his confidence and love of the
game. Jabari is a lock for NBA all-star-dome at the present, but if he does
choose to go on a mission; he needs to be aware that he may never be as good as
he would be if he doesn't go. If he's ok with that reality and still
chooses to serve, all the more power to him.
Kobe was pre-rule. I think the rule is one year out of high school, not
necessarily one year of college attendance.
Re: AlwaysrightSo where did Kobe Bryant go to college for his one
My prediction:Goes on a mission, then straight to the NBA. He'd be 20
yrs old with his whole pro career in front of him.
If I could give Jabari any advice it would be to make his decision prayerfully
and listen to his family and closest friends who truly have his best interests
in mind. This Cougar fan would love to see Jabari playing at the Marriott Center
every home game, but I will be happy with whatever his decision is as long as he
does what the Lord wants him to do. Maybe that means serving a mission and maybe
So, the NBA has a rule that requires at least 1 year of college before entering
the NBA. Does a mission count?
Go serve a mission Jabari. You won't regret it.
I read it twice. I don' see a story here.Can someone enlighten me?