BYU men's basketball: Jabari Parker sets date to announce his decision (+video)

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  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 9:09 p.m.


    Why wouldn't Manti Teo have gotten alot attention at BYU.

    Jimmer got a lot of attention playing at BYU.

    Anyone capable of being a top pick would get attention wherever they go.

    The real question is why help Duke or Notre Dame? They have no connections to him individually or religiously.

    Why not help BYU?

  • Billy Budd Saint George, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    The "announcement" move did not work out well for Jake Heaps.
    Jabari Parker is going down the same path?
    As someone else suggested, it might be well with Jabari if he produced at the college level and then let his production do the "announcing".

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Dec. 12, 2012 6:00 p.m.

    Hey at least I can dream and wish he will chose BYU. You can't blame me for having pleasant dreams!!

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    @Cougarblue. If you haven't walked in a man's shoes, don't assume you know what he's gone through. This guy is being hounded day in and day out about when he is going to decide, when he's going to make a decision, where he is going, etc. The media, friends, family, coaches, etc. all want to know. The best thing he can do for himself, particularly if he really is humble, is to set a date so the pressure drops and he can focus on his priorities. I for one have mostly been impressed with how they have handled it, making clear milestones and meeting them, without a lot of the histrionics associated with other announcements or decisions, particularly those that are disorganized. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes, making this type of critical life decision in front of the media, disappointing most and only pleasing some. Again, don't judge a man until you have walked in his shoes.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    IMO, Jabari Parker needs to go to Duke. Look at the attention Manti Teo has received by playing at Notre Dame; it wouldn't have happened had he gone to BYU. The same applies to the Parker kid. It will be much better for him and his future to go to a big time first class school in a big time first class league.

  • Ruben Jersey City, NJ
    Dec. 12, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    Too much hype lays a good foundation for an "I'm taking my talents to south beach moment" with the accompanying fall-out.

    Wish he'd just make the announcement when he is ready rather than announce that there will be an announcement.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    Keeping my fingers crossed that he chooses BYU. It would be fun!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    Another non-story from the world of sports. Tell us his choice when he actually makes it.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Dec. 12, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    My guess on the timing is that it has more to do with school letting out for the Christmas break the next day and he wants to have it out for Christmas, rather than have to think about it during the holidays. Has nothing to do with BYU's bowl or Duke's B-ball game that night (he probably has no idea of either).

    I would love to see him pick the Y, but am realistic that he probably won't. Either way, I wish him well.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 12:44 p.m.


    You're really stretching the imagination, if not making a pious judgement, to infer that Jabari thinks the world revolves around himself. Neither you nor I know anymore than what we've read about Jabari and nothing has ever been stated to make a reasonable person believe he is all wrapped up in himself. Don't be a poster child of the "holier-than-thou" BYU fan the infidels of this world would have us be.

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Dec. 12, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    You mean he is not considering Utah?? Crissy B. will be so sad with nothing to say on the topic.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Dec. 12, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    Who's to say he's "caught up in the hype"? Someone's piously making some assumptions. Fact: Jabari is rated by pretty much every credible source as the #1 or #2 HS player in the USA. Fact: Anyone who follows basketball even casually knows who he is and is at least mildly curious as to where he'll play college ball. Fact: Information about his decision is going to be a major topic of discussion on the radio, on TV, and online from now until it happens.

    Why would Parker ignore this and pretend it's nothing? It's not Lebron's "Decision." It's fairly standard stuff these days, and holding a press conference does not necessarily mean the kid is full of himself. "It's so sad . . " Really? It makes you well and truly sad? OHHHH, the drama . .

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    @CougarBlue that is how most of the big recruits do it these days. We at BYU just aren't used to it because A, we don't usually land them, and B, when we do, they start talking about bringing swag and leadership and BCS championships. I doubt jabari makes that mistake. But don't hate the player, hate the game (recruiting).

  • SJH BRONCOS Over there, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    To Royal Blue.

    Im not questioning the byu fans and how loud they can get or how crazy the atmosphere is. Im questioning what they did beyond that. A ton of t shirts and a video to lure him. Which sparked Jabaris comment "It was a little too much at the time."

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    It is so sad that these young men think the world revolves around them and they have to have a nation-wide following to hear them announce their college choice. I am surprised by this because I hear he is a humble young man, now he is caught up in this hype.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    As much as I would like to see him pick BYU, my money is on Duke. Either way, Jabari is an outstanding young man who will bring much positive attention to the LDS faith if he continues to live his life the way he is now. Best of luck to him!

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Dec. 12, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Which ever school he chooses, the Y can feel good about having their name tossed around with the biggies in the NCAA.
    Plus the exposure he's gotten being LDS has been a good thing and will hopefully open more doors or minds of those who see us as an only white religion.
    In the end, I don't really care where he ends up if it's not BYU. I'm just impressed with the way he handles his life and clearly has some great family and friends who are being good influences on him.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Dec. 12, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    Meh; a lot of fuss for a 1-year rental. I hope Parker chooses the Y, but if it doesn't, I'll just have to somehow find a way to go on living. My bowl-game chips and guac may not taste as good, but I'll gag 'em down nonetheless.

    I know there are lots of holes in this comparison, but it reminds me of both the Shawn Bradley hype and Chris Burgess fiasco. Bradley had one decent year, left, and essentially had no impact on the Y's hoops program. Burgess ended up the center of a ridiculous "controversy" and ended up being a mediocre collegian not worth 10% of the hype. Parker's more exposed than either, and the Y getting a top black player might surprise some people and help erode assumptions, but, again . . meh.

  • royalblue Alpine, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 10:28 a.m.


    If Jabari picked the date because of a significant event happening in the sportsworld of a particular university on that date, Duke playing Elon doesn't seem to fit the bill.


    If Jabari was scared by the "craziness" of BYU fans, he'll never be able to handle the Cameron Crazies. More likely, he was just acknowledging how much more amped the attention is becoming as he nears his final decision.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    Reading into this a bit further: As McFarland points out, BYU's bowl game is that night, just four hours later. But just as compelling, Duke has a home basketball game only two hours after the announcement. Which one is coincidence? (Michigan State, Florida, and Stanford having nothing scheduled for Dec. 20.)

  • SJH BRONCOS Over there, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    BYU possibly could have landed this kid if all the fans didnt scare him. Here is a quote from his experience at byu on an espn article.

    Parker was made to feel like an NBA star himself on his recent visit to BYU. The Cougars fans made him a "Gangnam Style" parody video and printed 6,000-plus T-shirts, reading "Chicago to Provo," which were worn during the BYU game he attended.

    "It was crazy," Parker said. "Just hearing the video and the people with the T-shirts, it was a little bit too much for me at the time. But like I said, let's have fun with it, let's make it a good experience. I'm just thankful to all the fans for putting the time and effort for doing that."

    Maybe it works. who knows.

  • McFarland Clovis, Ca
    Dec. 12, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    That is 4 hours prior to BYU's bowl game... either he is going to make a lot of BYU fans happy or sad right before their football game.