Dick Harmon: History says highly prized recruit Jabari Parker will stay near Chicago and go to Michigan State

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    Dec. 14, 2012 6:44 p.m.

    Poaching? I don't think so. My son in law attended Utah State just recently on a full ride academic scholarship. Went on his 2 year mission, came home, transferred to BYU for their accounting program.

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    Harmon wrote:

    " None have played in the storied ACC or bought into that Tobacco Road hype."

    None? I can quickly think of Corey Maqgette, from Fenwick High of the Chicago Catholic League, who played briefly for Duke before declaring early for the NBA draft.

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    Harmon wrote:" Generally, these stars have stayed close to home. None have come west."

    Eddie Hughes, one of the most prolific scorers in Chicago Public School history attended Colorado State along with Joe Moore from Manley High and another player whose name slips my mind at the moment. I watched them all play in Chicago during the 78 or 79 Chicago H.S. play-offs. Hughes later played for the Jazz.

    Ron Anderson, a great player from Bowen H.S. played at Fresno State before playing in the NBA.

    Other future NBA/Chicago H.S. players migrated West including:

    Tony Allen: Oklahoma State University

    Rod Higgins: Fresno State

    Craig Hodges: Long Beach

    Javale McGee: Nevada-Reno

    Sonny Parker (Jabari's dad): Teaxas A&M

    Kelvin Upshaw: Universality of Utah

    Darrell Walker: Arkansas

    I am sure I can think of more. Sorry Mr. Harmon but you did poor research on this article.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    I'd like to believe that Mr. DRay's comment (7:59 p.m.) is a satirical effort to mock those who would use church affiliation to influence Parker's decision... but I fear it's not satirical.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 7:59 p.m.

    Kreshmer Cosic (sp) comes to mind, a giant of a man in character and leadership...like to see Jabari rise to that, but it appears is hesitating on the Y...who needs him precisely because they have not been to the final four, always just one player away from being elite. How does a young man know what his future holds? Many a supposed star has run into injury and found he cannot get to the NBA...why not promote the religion and support those who so much believe in and live it by choosing the Y? Wish Jabari well wherever he plays, God bless.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    At BYU Parker would have absolutely no chance of any semblance of a normal college experience.

    Fellow BYU students and media would make his life miserable.

    Schools like Duke are used to high profile basketball stars. I can't imagine that he would be hounded at Duke like he will be at BYU if that is the path he chooses.

    Remember when The Jimmer wasn't allowed to attend classes because his presence was too disruptive? Remember the BYU student body pushing the limits of dignified recruitment with t-shirts and a rap video urging Parker to choose BYU?

    When it comes to its athletic heros the BYU community just doesn't know when enough is enough.

  • 801to415 San Francisco, CA
    Dec. 13, 2012 4:42 p.m.


    I think you get the gist of it.

  • Scandrus Cedar Hills, Utah
    Dec. 13, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    @801to415, who is L. Parker or LP as you call him? His name is Jabari Parker, with a J not an L.

  • 801to415 San Francisco, CA
    Dec. 13, 2012 4:11 p.m.


    Lets get a bit more realistic. Have any of you seen "He Got Game"???

    L. Parker is this years J. Shuttlesworth.

    LP is gonna bolt from the LDS Church the second he is outta his parents house akin dozens of others famous people who grew up as members. Please see: Katherine Heigl, Ryan Golsing, Chelsea Handler, Jewel, Aaron Ekchart, etc. etc. etc.

    The fact that he visited BYU, is a novelty in the first place.

    He is Michigan States to loose. Plain & Simple.

    Stanford would be the next obvious fit.

    But no way in heaven is gonna play in Provo.

    He is a one and done guy anyway. Remember, the WCC plays in high size gyms. LMU, USF, Santa Clara... Come on... This kid is selling out AAU games. Do you really think he is gonna spend his one year in college living in Deseret Towers on a dry campus?

  • inthebooth Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    Cool tool to see where players went. But you have Derrick Rose pegged at Kentucky. He went to Memphis. Either way, he cheated on his ACT someone else took it ha.

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    Dec. 13, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    What I find most interesting about this supposition is the style of play at MSU. Their coach, whose name escapes me right this minute, is very much a defense-first, slowdown offense next guy. He has never really had a player of Jabari's skill set. I don't think that he recruits the 5 star guys all that much because they tend to be the me-first type that wants the ball on every possession and likes to be covered up on defense. I realize that Jabari is very atypical of your usual 5 star recruit, but I would think he would like an uptempo game like BYU plays more than the slow down, run the offense type of game played at Michigan State.

  • PhatFunkaSpartan Detroit, MI
    Dec. 13, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    We shall see. I sure hope he doesn't land at Duke..and if he goes to BYU east coast won't see him play until the tourney...that along with the culture shock....yea stay away from Provo Jabari!!! Has BYU ever won a National Title in BBALL... I think this kid could help MSU win a championship next year.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Dec. 13, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    Sir Robin,

    I'd like to hear one of you people come up with some actual proof that this "poaching" really occurs. Missionaries don't field either outside phone calls or visitors for 2 years. You know that. So why do you persist with this line?

    You're going to tell me that someone that can't call home except Christmas and Mother's Day is actually going to talk to coaches during this time? Come on...

    Most likely, these young men get out in the mission field where the most often mentioned university is BYU and they start thinking they want to go where their companions are going (they make new friends). I know that is hard to swallow for people who don't like BYU.

    Until I hear someone say that a BYU coach actually hunted them down and phoned or visited them, I don't want to hear anymore about this poaching nonsense.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 13, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    He's holding the news conference at his High School instead of Iggy's Sports Grill, so I guess BYU is out of the running...

  • jcr Price, Utah
    Dec. 13, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    With all the talk of Big East falling apart and the basketball schools forming their own conference with schools like Gonzaga and St. Mary's, where will this leave BYU? I am hoping that BYU could be a part of this national "Big East" Basketball conference. This would allow Jabari and BYU to play all over the country and play near his home. Dick Harmon, is there any chance of this happening? Jason from Price

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    Brave Sir Robin

    Grow Up

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    timid sparrow

    More hyperbole and jealousy from the kids on the hill.

    Despite the delusional whining of some jealous fans, there's no such thing as "poaching a kid while he's on his mission".

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 13, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    BYU's only hope is that he goes on a mission so they have two years to try to poach him. BYU is very good at that.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 8:52 a.m.


    Why now? You should of just wait after his commit on the 20th.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Dec. 13, 2012 8:51 a.m.


    The history of recruiting is the reasons for recruits choosing a particular school are as varied as the recruits themselves. One recruit may want to stay close to home and family; while another recruit may want to get away from home because he wants a little more independence.

    Jabari may choose Michigan State to be closer to home like his dad wants. Or he may choose to be a part of the BYU culture like many moms hope for.

    Regardless, it's fun for BYU fans just to have BYU included in the mix of such elite schools.

    Good luck Jabari, whatever you decide.

  • Slammer Lehi, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 8:04 a.m.


    I hope you're wrong, but fear you're right. It will take a miracle for him to come out this way. I'm hoping the way LP is playing will sway him.

    By the way, Interstate-95 goes from Maine to Florida along the East Coast, nowhere near Chicago nor East Lansing, MI. You western boys need to bone up on your eastern geography!