Even this ute would have enjoyed having one of the top players in the nation
playin in the state. But you can't blame the kid for going to play for
coach K. He is obviously wanting to go somewehre that will prepare him the best
for the league. and as of right now there are 30+ NBA players that came out of
Duke... Jabari made the best decision for HIM. And Chris B. you make
us all look bad.
Hope he does well!
The best academic LDS students will naturally gravitate to the best univeristies
and programs. The best LDS athletes will naturally gravitate to top-tier
athletic programs. It is not the duty of LDS young adults to stake their future
on church-supported programs and schools, if those programs don not offer the
level of excellence these young adults need.
Parker's visit to BYU got hopes up but it was merely a courtesy call. He
is a winner and going to a top tier winning program with tough competition.Good luck young man.
Surpise, surprise...or not really.Called it months ago.Good luck Jabari!
I wish our very top LDS athletes would go to BYU. They grow in ways there that
cannot be measured by simply the sport they are in. They come out better
prepared to serve others, lead a family, succeed in their professions beyond
sports - it's an incredible experience. There's none other like it.Here's a few examples: When they go to an English class, they
don't study darkness (as I ended up doing at another major school I
attended for 2 years), they study light and truth. When they learn
government the focus is on the Constitution, federalism, the Federalist papers -
what makes this country great. Not endless debate over left and right. When they go to biology or other sciences they don't focus on endless
speculation about the origins of things, instead they study deep the miracles of
the workings of the universe and God's creations. And when they
study religion they feast in ways that are found nowhere else. The whole
environment of BYU reflects this.So, I think many of our very top
athletes, who could add so much to BYU, instead miss out on a once in a lifetime
I told you so, didn't I.Duke was the best choice for J-Dog.
re: Unca Bon"Duke would probably prepare him better for that
goal than any other team on that list. Coach K has coached the best NBA players,
"UNC churns out better pros.
@Down Under"Crissy B, Please learn how to spell. It is
embarassing."You might want to check your own spelling..."He
won't get a lot of playing time at Duke his forst year" Typos happen...Don't judge.
Congrats Jabari. You will love NC
I was hoping for Stanford! Best of luck anyways!
Great move Jabari!-Duke offers a wayyy better education that the Y
or St.-Durham is a much better place than Lansing-The Cameron-Coach K-Chances at the NBA-You can have a goatee and still take
your final exams
taraxopoios"would have loved to have seen him in cougar
blue," he will be.
Todd23foreverI have just got to say; that was the best come-back I
have ever read on these pages. Chris B you sure took one there. Didn't
really care where the kid went, every school he was looking at is a great school
not only for basketball. It would have been fun to have seen him play out here
once a year.
Crissy B,Please learn how to spell. It is embarassing. No need to worry
about BYU recruiting in the coming years. As I understand it they had a top 10
recruiting class coming in. They will be just fine without Parker. He will
only stick around college for a year anyway. He won't get a lot of playing
time at Duke his forst year and will have to suffer a lot of vulgar language
from Coach K. It will grow old and he will second guess his decision. Mark it
down!So how is Utah recruiting class next year? Oh, never mind. They
don't show up on the charts.
Hard to go wrong with any of the 3 - duke, stanford or byu for different
reasons. Good luck to this young man, he's sure carried himself well
through all the attention.
Barney you've used two of your screen names. Waiting anxiously for the
third. Having Jabari Parker would neither make or break the BYU basketball
program. It would've been nice for sure, but more than likely he is a one
and done. The future of BYU basketball is very bright with or without Jabari.
All those recruiting schemes by the BYU fans seemed a little desperate in an
amusing way.... Now it just seems sad. They acted like a mid major program that
has a chance at landing a big recruit. Oh wait....
Grouper,Yes, we always root for the underdog and would like to see a
top athlete pick an underdog and take them to the big show. However, this is
about more than just college ball. This is about positioning yourself as best
you can for your future career. I'm an accountant (I know...snooze). When I
chose my college I chose a top accounting school because it gave me better
opportunities for the future. Same when I went to grad school. Why wouldn't
Jabari do the same if his chosen career is professional basketball? Could he
still make it to the NBA from BYU? Most likely. I could have also become an
accountant by going to a community college. Was my salary out of school higher
'cause I went to a "better" school? Yup. His will be too.Good luck to you Jabari. Would have loved to watch you in Cougar blue, but
will be following you regardless.
He can be a great example to his fellow teammates and the community like Manti
Te'o is to Notre Dame and South Bend. All Mormon Kids don't need to go
Good luck to a fine young man. You can never complain about someone going to a
great university like Duke. But, I wish he would have announced
earlier in the day before all the jr high schools in the valley let out early
for the holidays. We would have been able to have some good mature discussions
instead of all the childish stuff.We have seen some really grade
school chatter from these commentors hiding behind alias' before but the
girl friend comment is very disrespect to Jabari and women. Time to grow up.
Well it was up to him where he wants to play which I am fine with that. But,
will he be able to play with many talented players at Duke? He is going to
regret it if Mike K won't play him much including if his foot continue to
give him problem. And you know what, I don't care about coach K when he act
like a spoil brat almost like Coack Knight.
Good for him. Hope things work out.
Congrats and good luck at Duke!
I too would have loved to see Jabari in Provo, but like some of you, I will
still cheer loudly for him. Stay true to your faith, Mr. Parker.But
I'm still very excited for the future of Cougar basketball. With the five
great recuits this year, Haws JR next year, Collinsworth, Nielsen, and Chatman
on missions. It's a great time to be a Coug!
I wanted him to go to BYU, but I don't blame him a bit for committing to
Duke. Mike Krzyzewski is going to teach him a lot.
Chris B. I'm sure that you could never play at the highest level or have a
girlfriend in Provo, or anywhere else for that matter. But I'm sure you
had a great time at the Harry Potter premier.As for young Mr. Parker
I am sad that he chose Duke over BYU, but I'll get over it. He is a great
young man with a huge up side as a ball player and especially as a good LDS
young man. Hopefully he'll have the same impact at Duke as Manti Teo had
at Norte Dame. Great Young athletes who are great young man bring great respect
to their church and their schools.Good Luck Jabari. You are AWSOME!
Very very cool.... a great day for Durham 3rd ward. It will be fun having
him here. Our no-member neighbors called us to let us know...they were so
excited. What a great day for the church out here. Heading out to tonights
Duke game in a few... a little extra to cheer about tonight.
Cha Ching! I can't blame 'ya Jabari. Go for the best pathway to big
cash, via the ACC to the pros. The rest will be missionary work, through big
I'm excited for Jabari, yes disappointed, but come on, did any of us BYU
fans really think he was going to choose BYU? I cant wait to watch him every
week on ESPN! Good Luck Jabari
Of COURSE Jabari was being selfish in his decision. I know I would too. Its a
decision for HIM and HIS future. Hmm....let's see. Hope I can make it to
the NBA....or, go to an NBA feeder school. Coach K consistently is placing NBA
players int he league. I know if I was in his shoes, I would be going after the
best chance for me to go pro. Every basketball player dreams of going to Duke,
NC, etc. Wants to play with the big boys, and wants to go pro. I know
you'll be great Parker. Best of luck to you!
And there wasn't a dry eye in the audience...
I wonder what Jalen Rose thinks about this....
This is going to be a good thing. 1 year at Duke. Two years in _____ (fill in
name of your favorite mission here). One year at BYU.
Everywhere he went the schools made a big deal of it. Don't make an issue
out of something thats not. Why don't all of the Utah fans go to the
gymnastics site and pop off. LOL
@truthsandwich"But... but didn't he see the
t-shirts!?"Which t-shirt; Fully Invested, Quest for Perfection,
Band of Lil Brothers, We are BYU, Chicago to Prove?What a waist of
cotton.Kid made a brilliant decision.
Bummer but I will follow him at Duke and hope he is the next Lebron. Go
"Jabari Parker chooses Duke"That's a no brainer!
I for one like the comments by Grouper. I agree with most of what was said..
Thank goodness there are a few people here who make sense.. If it came down to
girlfriends, then BYU would have won in a landslide. For his basketball career,
any school would do because no player is going to gain a lot from a coach in 1
year. Not going to happen. The greatest ever, didn't even pick up
UNC's system until the end of his freshman year and I remember Dean Smith
saying it wasn't until year 2 that things started clicking. Nope he stays
2 yrs at least and learns the game so we LDS fans have someone to cheer on.. Go
@RationalGood one! I am still laughing.!
His decision not anyone elses. Like most I would have liked to have seen him at
the Y but we wish him the best at Duke. Need good examples there. Hope he
continues to be that example. I am thinking he will be a good player
at Duke but would have been THE player at BYU with a supporting cast that will
match most. Having said this if he does as well as everyone thinks he will be
gone in 1 maybe 2 years. BYU players are there for 4. Good luck
and we will be watching.
Grouper:I don't think it's that cut-and-dried. I think BYU
probably needs to become more of a "we belong here" type of school that
frankly *doesn't* come up with T-shirts and Gangnam Style parodies to try
to attract him. I have a son who is quiet, unassuming, and a rather good player
of another sport. I know he would want to go somewhere where there was rather
not such a fuss made over him if he were in that position. On top of that,
expectations would be through the roof for Jabari at BYU, whereas there
wouldn't be quite the same pressure with playing with others of the same
Chris B has extra time on his hands with the Utah football team home drinking
egg nog and the basketball team playing Poly Tech of Cardinal Stitch.Great to be Ute!
Chris B. -- This is just a verbal commitment; I think he left the door wide open
to become a Ute.
Good Luck Jabari, would've been fun to watch you light up the MC floors.
Again, best wishes to you and the other "blue devils"...(that was a
Chrissy,Even this fanatic Ute becomes tired of your drivel.
Grouper,I think that's a little unfair. Jabari still has a lot
of learning to do before becoming an NBA star, and Duke would probably prepare
him better for that goal than any other team on that list. Coach K has coached
the best NBA players, and knows what Jabari needs to do to join their ranks. As
much as I would have loved to see him at BYU, that was MY selfish desire. But
Jabari made the decision for him, and not for me.
Chris B - You embarrass yourself too much.
Hey Chris BAt least we made it to a bowl game.. what was your record
again this year? How is your basketball team doing this year again? At least he
was even considering BYU, he would've never considered playing for a high
school team like the "U"
Congrats to Jabari. He is a great kid, and a great ambassador for his faith.
Sure, I am disappointed he did not pick BYU, but I will still be cheering for
him at Duke and beyond.
But... but didn't he see the t-shirts!?hahaha
As a Cougar fan, can't blame him for this choice. Playing for the best
coach in college basketball will be a great learning experience for him. BYU
still has a great future though, with Mika, Emery, and Haws waiting on deck. If
Jakob Hartsock is anything like his brother, he'll be a great addition as
well. And hopefully we can snag Dastrup as well for 2014. All in all, BYU's
future is pretty exciting!
Good for Jabari, great decision, he'll do great things there at Duke.And good ol' Chris B...always nice to have him around to remind us
why there is a Terrestrial Kingdom :)Go Cougars!
gee - real shocker. Goes to the #1 team in the country. Once in a while,
wouldn't it be nice to see a top athlete have the courage to choose
someplace other than the same top schools? Put a team on your shoulders and take
them where they and their students have never been - that would be a real story.
But go where everyone else is going, to a team that has won so many times, so
they can win yet another title? boring, and what we've all come to expect
from athletes - self serving, easy path. At the Y, he could have been a legend.
At Duke, he will just be another one of many great players who stays for one
year before going to the paycheck. It just makes college sports all the more
predictable to see this. Hoosiers was a good movie not because they won the
state championship, but because they did it as a true underdog. That is
inspiring. JB is not ispiring as of today. He is just another athlete out for
his own glory
Chris BCan have a girlfriend.Two things that would not
have been possible in Provo.----Chris, I didn't
know you live in Provo!
14 million Mormons will be disappointed. No, actually, they won't. Good
luck to you Jabari. Would have loved to see you in Provo, but I was never sure
it was quite the right fit. Players can become superstars here, but coming in
as such is probably a lot harder.
Chris B don't you get tired?Anyways congrats to Jabari, I think
that was a good move, other than the fact, there isn't anyone from Duke
that I would say is relevant, but he is on one of the best teams in the country.
This is the right choice for this kid. You should go to the school that gives
you the best education for your desired field. It was a tough decision, given
the options. But I, for one, think Duke was the best choice. They have so many
current and recent NBA players, it is almost a no-brainer.
Smart kid.Can play ball at the highest level.And have a
girlfriend.Two things that would not have been possible in Provo.
But I thogth he was going to commit to byu right before the big bowl game that
the whole country will be watching happens?
I would have liked to see Jabari play for BYU, but he made the right choice in
my opinion. Good luck at Duke Jabari.Maybe Duke could play BYU at
the ESA next year.