Jabari Parker to speak at Salt Lake devotional during BYU recruiting trip

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  • Warrior Parent Belle Glade, FL
    Nov. 18, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    Best wishes Jabari, wherever you choose to play! God Bless

  • ApacheNaiche PINETOP, AZ
    Nov. 17, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    Jabari would love playing st BYU. He seems to be a great kid both on and off the court. Welcome to Deseret, Jabari.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    SL needs it more.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    @DEW Cougar
    "Really people, he and his mother are here for fireside giving examples about being good family and kids, thats all."

    No, he and his mother are here for his official recruiting trip to BYU. The devotional is an add-on.

  • gfisher00 FRESNO, CA
    Nov. 16, 2012 7:56 a.m.

    I don't know how many people the U. Institute building will seat, but it won't be big enough. If he drew 2,000 in Oakland, he'll draw 10 times that in Utah.

    Jabari has a lot of great options. I hope he chooses BYU, but even more so, I hope he chooses what will be best for himself.

  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    @sg....there is NO way he will have a bigger impact (for the LDS church) at Duke. there he will be just one of the many Duke greats or not so greats. At BYU he has the opportunity to take Jimmermania to Jabarimania superstardom. with the ESPN contract BYU has and BYUtv exposure the universe is the limit not the ACC glass ceiling. I suspect he will sign with BYU, go on a mission and then enter the NBA draft without ever playing college hoops.

    If basketball is his only concern, yes, then go to Duke or Stanford. Florida and Michigan State would be totally useless IMHO. If planning to serve a mission, then go to BYU where you can concentrate on both options.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 15, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    A one-and-done hoops player at Duke or anywhere else is not going to have much missionary clout. In fact, the one-and-done experience may have the reverse effect - the environment affecting Jabari. Certainly, pro hoops with the pressures and experiences that Ainge described in an article last year is anything but a good environment for a teen-ager. If I were his parents, I'd be counseling him to get a degree before pro hoops. Most pro hoops players are broke five years after they retire.

    My guess is that if he wants to go on a mission and is willing to wait a few years before going pro, BYU is a better slot for him. A 4-year BYU degree is much better for Jabari than a one-and-done jump to the pros from Duke or BYU.

  • True Blue in SLC FARMINGTON, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:51 a.m.


    All your base are belong to us...

  • True Blue in SLC FARMINGTON, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:48 a.m.


    I am pretty sure it is an NCAA recruiting violation for BYU to organize an event like that. You have to be careful with that stuff.

    I'm happy for Jibari. He's a smart kid, he'll choose what works best for him. I wish him all the success in world, regardless of the school he chooses.

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    So shy didn't the y arrange for him to speak in provo?

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:00 a.m.

    I think his chances of coming to BYU are probably slim, but I actually think he would be personally happier there than any other school. He would be with people who share his standards and beliefs. He would shine nationally just as much there as anywhere. He would also be near relatives.

    I hope he chooses BYU, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

  • Alpine Blue Alpine, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    @ Uncle Rico - Festus

    Manti Te'o is an amazing story and has an incredible amount of positive press in South Bend. Highly doubtful that he would be half the story had he chosen BYU or USC over Notre Dame.

    Although it would be wonderful if he chooses to come to the Y, he might have a greater influence for the missionary good if he chooses Michigan State or Duke.

    Wherever he chooses to go, we all can collectively hope that he excels and is the very best he can be. No doubt that he will continue to shine a positive light on the Church.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    Impressive young man. Sounds like a great family as well. I hope he comes to BYU but I look forward to following him wherever he goes.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    to U90: the U fans have been on forums for months saying that Parker will never choose BYU, that he's just being nice to the Y to consider them. And to Alternate: nice lecture. Every BYU fan wants him to come to BYU. Most Utah fans would like him to go elsewhere. We get that. You think Michigan fans want him to go to MSU? Or UNC fans want him to go to Duke? I genuinely believe Parker will narrow the other 4 schools down to one and then compare that one to BYU. At that point, it's anybody's guess. And if he chooses to go on a mission, I do not believe that necessarily means he'll come back to BYU. But BYU has a lot to offer and their national tv exposure will explode with him - less BYUtv and much more ESPN. Lastly I don't believe he is a one and done kid. Just doesn't seem like that kind of kid - too much wisdom and humility in him. I'm guessing minimum of two years.

  • ChickenHerder Kaysville, Utah
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:53 a.m.


    One of the great thing about the Church of Jesus Christ is that people are entitled to receive personal revelation. "Personal" means that the revelation about what Jabari should do will come to him, not to any of the rest of us. This is a fine young man who I believe will do whatever he feels like his Father in Heaven wants of him. And if he doesn't that is also between God and him not for the rest of us to speculate on.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:47 a.m.


    You are really setting yourself up for big let down. Oh well

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    LOL. Well said, well said.

    I'm not a real optimistic person, but I have a hunch Jabari is going to commit to BYU. If it were strictly about basketball, BYU wouldn't even be in the running. But I think he has a real desire to take on the "BYU Experience," and maybe pick up a spouse in the process.

    Maybe just wishful thinking....

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 7:50 a.m.

    Really people, he and his mother are here for fireside giving examples about being good family and kids, thats all. Hope they will learn some good things having better lives in their future.
    I wonder if Sonny (Jabari father) will ever be converted to the lds faith soon?

  • Angela08 Rochdale, MA
    Nov. 15, 2012 5:22 a.m.

    The best example Jabari can set is to go on a mission. The Lord said "every" young man, not every young man who doesn't have an athletic career in his future.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 5:17 a.m.

    U 90 and Sammyg,

    A little scenario that has played over and over.

    Stop it now or we will turn around and go home and you will miss seeing Jabari. You children need to learn how to get along and quit picking on each other. "But, monny, sammy was mean to me first". "No mommy, U 90 hit me and I was on my side of the car".

    Children, this is your last warning!!

    There are many Utah haters and just as mnay BYU haters. Both need to listen to their mothers and stop it now. It is very childish and immature!!

    Best of luck to Jabari. I personally think he should look hard at his mission before basketball option. There is no question he is ready to be a great missionary right now. Then, good things will happen on the basketball court.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    Nov. 15, 2012 12:17 a.m.

    He needs to do what is best for him. Luckily he's got his dad who was in the NBA and a strong loving mother who have been with him throughout his journey.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Nov. 14, 2012 9:50 p.m.


    The first comment out of the gate is about Utah. Got Utah in your head much? Is it possible for you to just be a BYU fan without being a Utah hater? You know we teach about these things on Sunday.

    As much as you won't admit it, bu it's true, Utah has a much richer history of basketball success when it comes to sweet 16's, great 8's, final 4's and championship games. So why hate on a successful propgram that has fallen on hard times?

  • Festus riverton, utah
    Nov. 14, 2012 7:22 p.m.

    Ya, uncle rico. what does that have anything to do with artical?

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 6:31 p.m.

    Re: wYo8

    Ever heard of Manti Teo?

  • Common Cents Lehi, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    He can be an advocate for the Church no matter where he goes, but HE would be far more recognized as a representative as a BYU player, and it's not close.

    I would give Duke and other programs the edge of course when it comes to basketball, but if he's only going a year, then he should heavily consider BYU.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 14, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    Wherever he goes we need to support this fine young man. He will be an influence anywhere he goes. Bottom line is that it is his decision and inspiration. More to this than basketball. Good luck to him.

  • wYo8 Rock Springs, WY
    Nov. 14, 2012 5:05 p.m.


    Jabari Parker is very talanted. Several years ago there was a Chris Burgess who thought the samething. He ended up transfering to uTah. Ever hear of Scott Mitchell a Mormon QB. He went to the u but I don't remember him being connected to the church like Steve Young or even Danny Angie.

  • sg newhall, CA
    Nov. 14, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    I think he should choose Duke. Sure BYU would be great, but to have a greater impact as an athlete and member of the church, Duke is the place to go to.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    This is as close as it gets for the Ute getting a top basketball recruit... a drive by 'the hill' to the institute building. LOL