Jeff Benedict: Why Jabari Parker chose the Blue Devils

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  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    Dec. 25, 2012 8:21 p.m.

    I didn't know MR. Parker said he was not going on a mission. Is there a link that someone has to him saying that? I hope he does go on a proselyting mission like David Archuleta. As far as manball goes, he will have less pressure on him at Duke than at BYU. At Duke he is just one of the many greats. I am not sure Coach Rose would want a once and done type of player on the roster in reality but the Kentucky coach seems to do just fine. It seems Coach K usually wants a couple years out of his players to really do something good with the team. Should be fun to see how it all works out. the foot fracture problem could be interesting if it does not heal correctly.

    Dec. 24, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    If he is really a "one and done" he would have left BYU after a year anyways. Personally, seeing his previous five point effort and 18 ppg / 7 rbpg average, I'm not convinced.

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    Dec. 21, 2012 7:02 p.m.

    JB would have been fine at BYU and had opportunity to be a super star with the other great BYU recruites comming in. we will have a top 15 class but not the depth Duck has. I look at it this way, going to BYU maybe too much pressure to handle with the high expectation of being all everything so he took the easy way out. he passed on a great opportunty to show case the church by wearing the Y.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 21, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    Sorry folks. I don't consider this kid to be any better then the players of Lone Peak HS.

    Remember Jake Heaps? He, and Chuckie Keeton were freshmen at the same time. Press clippings aren't always accurate on who the best are.

  • all4one Provo, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    I hope he decides to serve a mission. I know some LDS sports fanatics that seem to think the money he will make is more important, but what is more important than serving the Lord and bringing the truth to people? NOTHING!

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 9:22 a.m.


    Jabari is likely to be one and is the reason he is going to Duke and there is not a better situation in the nation for basketball.

    Jabari is a good kid and I will watch and cheer for him at Duke and beyond. Hope you do the same.

    In regards to byU ever playing Duke? Maybe in the first round of the tournament. You can probably guess who will be the higher seed and win though.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Dec. 21, 2012 6:12 a.m.

    I class myself as a big BYU Fan, but I have nothing but best wishes for Jabari Parker. I hope he sets the basketball world alight, and succeeds in all of his goals.

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 4:36 a.m.

    I admit to being disappointed, as a BYU fan, but I am equally happy for Mr. Parker. I wish him nothing but success and happiness. I am quite impressed with him. I admire Coach K, and have only one bone to pick with Jeff's article: The only better hands he could have been in are those of Dave Rose. If, in fact, Jabari is in college for only one year (as projected), he could not have chosen better than the tutelage of Coach Rose (and I'm speaking in terms of life and not just basketball). And for the record, I believe if he chooses not to go on a mission he will regret it, as have nearly all who have not gone (who could have). I could be wrong (and have been before), but it's my opinion.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Dec. 21, 2012 2:36 a.m.

    Jabari's made several comments that lead me to believe he'll use his first year at Duke to determine what to do next. For example, if he does really well, then it'll be either the pros after one or two years there--no mission. If not, he'll go on a mission then decide where to go back to.

    If he goes on a mission, then he'll either go back to Duke, or maybe BYU, but only if BYU is out of the WCC by then.

    The comments he's made this past week match everything I've said.

  • Downtownchrisbrown ,
    Dec. 20, 2012 9:31 p.m.

    Jabari didn't say he wasn't going to serve a mission. He said he wasn't going to serve a mission before his first year of college. Don't put words in his mouth. We'll see what he decides when he decides it, just like we saw today.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 7:49 p.m.

    "I hear he wanted play with other real athletes.

    And he wanted a girlfriend.

    That took provo out of the question."

    In his attempt at cuteness, this writer showed a huge disrespect toward women. I respectfully request that he apology to women everywhere, including his mother and grandmothers. Women should be treated with respect and dignity he has grossly failed in doing that.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 20, 2012 7:38 p.m.

    Wish him the best of luck. It will be fun watching him where ever he goes.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 20, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    @Still Blue after all these years - "Coach K's mouth would embarrass a marine sargent. You are wrong with your second point"

    Exactly how many Duke games have you been to? Really? Coach K is tough, but no tougher than any other top rated coach. And no, he doesn't swear like a sailor. Please....

    "I do think his decision to not serve a mission should have warned us all that his decision would not likely be BYU as he is thinking one, maybe 2 years, then NBA."

    Kind of like Manti... right? 2 and done? And JImmer - who went to BYU, he served where? I think I am missing the association between going to BYU and serving a mission. In fact, there are LDS kids who play at schools in such far flung places, such as UNC Chapel Hill, that still serve missions too ( Stilman White ).

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    Wish only the best for Jabari.

    I believe he has the insight to avoid the pitfalls the last Mormon McDonalds All American that played for Coach K ran into. Chris Burgess left Coach K after 2 years of shooting over 50% and playing less than 12 minutes a game. After leaving he never got his career back on track.

    Go Jabari

  • wYo8 Rock Springs, WY
    Dec. 20, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    I remember a highly touted recruit who signed with duke then couldn't handle the talant he had to compete with in practice. So off to uTah he went never to be heard of again by the national press. He also had a foot injury that hampered him. So Jabari good luck with your choice and hope your foot heals. The highly touted C B never served a mission so one up him.

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Dec. 20, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    Crissy B,
    Please stick to the Utah blogs and leave the BYU fans alone. You are embaressing the entire U of U fan base.
    also, So BYU does have have real athletes? What was it then that beat your Utsies and what does that say about the athletes at Utah? Think before inserting foot. By the way, girl friends are allowed in Provo. You would know this if you got out of your mommy's basement a little more often.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    Lavell, you are correct with your first statement, Coach K's mouth would embarrass a marine sargent. You are wrong with your second point - Jabari's visits to BYU were anything but token. He made at least 2 visits on his own nickel and one official visit. We don't know who was his 2nd choice but I think MSU and BYU were 2nd and 3rd, but have no idea the order. I do think his decision to not serve a mission should have warned us all that his decision would not likely be BYU as he is thinking one, maybe 2 years, then NBA. BYU's recruiting class is all mission bound and so, as highly thought of as they are, would not have played with Jabari. Had it been like a normal situation with everyone playing next year, the decision may well have been different because Jabari knows how godd these other BYU recruits all are (and that includes Nixon).

    Lastly, Chris B: I know you come on just to goad, but really, your are boorish and deciminate nothing of goodness at all. At least during Christmas, please be happy just with whatever friends you have.

  • EMBO23 Riverton, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 4:26 p.m.

    If he wanted to play for the best coach, he should have chosen to play for better coach in American than Larry Brown.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    Jabari may have been angered by Mika Haws and Emery (all BYU recruits) taking over the #1 spot from his school. It will be interesting - if in the future - all matchup stars are aligned, and BYU plays Duke with all these four players playing in that game. Seems like Jabari did not want to just settle for BLUE, he wanted something extra - Devils. LOL!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 20, 2012 4:18 p.m.


    Background: I am an active LDS member a BYU graduate, and an AVID University of Utah fan.

    Your comment shows the mindset why it might be best that he made the choice. Who are YOU to say he made the wrong choice? My guess is, you don't have a stewardship cu or keys he needs to recognize, therefore, you're judgements are just that, your's, and the don't translate to anyone else.

    Why is it than when an athlete choses another school over BYU there is a vocal faction of BYU fans who claim they either made the wrong choice (cue twb mindset) or they aren't worthy to attend BYU (cue the response to current missionary Harvey Langi's choice to go to the U: and don't cite rumor, unless you are his ecclesiastical leader YOU don't know)? Isn't it possible that these kids are making a good decision and that decision doesn't include BYU?

    BYU was the right place for me to go, but it isn't for everyone, and it isn't the only avenue to available for young members of the church to fulfill their potential.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    NO matter where he plays, BYU, Duke, or Dixie college, he still goes to the NBA in one year. So, who cares? It's all about the money in the long run.

    Case closed. never expected him to come to BYU...nice try though! Rose is the best man to play for ... hands down.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 20, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    twb.... really? You know what he will be missing? Such as.... examples please..... I guess the LDS kids and church leaders out here just don't measure up to the "BYU" experience.... give me a break.

    I can tell you there is a singles ward going nuts right now. He will have a great time with all the other "saints" who chose to go to either Duke or UNC. He is coming to an area steeped in basketball history. He will play in by far the best basketball conference in the country, and under the winningest coach in basketball history. Not opinions, simply facts. yes, he will miss out on the BYU experience.... but so do a lot of kids who turn out just fine.

    And for those of you who think you know Coach don't. His grandson plays football with my son, and he is a very gentle, respectful, and soft spoken man.

    This is very cool and very exciting for the Youth out here.... what a great experience having a kid like Jabri in their midst. Very exciting.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    I hear he wanted play with other real athletes.

    And he wanted a girlfriend.

    That took provo out of the question.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    I respect Jabari’s choice, though the tone and standpoint from which this article is written is offensive to a lot of people, but mostly to Coach Rose, who seems a wonderful coach - and person as well. I wish Jabari luck though I hope history will not repeat itself - if you know what I’m talking about.

  • twb kennewick, wa
    Dec. 20, 2012 3:04 p.m.

    no he didn't make the best choice. dave rose and the social/ spiritual atmosphere at byu is light yrs. ahead of what duke will ever be. basketball should not be the reason mr. parker chooses a school. i'm biased and a graduate of byu, but i know who signed my diploma and i know what this great young man will be missing with his wrong choice.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 20, 2012 2:54 p.m.

    Once he publicly announced he wasn't going on a mission, I knew BYU was out. Until that point I thought we had a real chance. I don't blame him. Good choice to pick Duke. I'll bet his folks wish he was closer to home, though.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Dec. 20, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    Good Luck Jabari, would've been fun to see you run the MC floors. Best wishes with the other "blue devils"...Duckhunter, that was a joke.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    He could've chosen playing with the Saints, instead he's a Devil. Interesting choice.

  • Lavell Walnut Creek, Calif
    Dec. 20, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    Jabari better get ready for some intense, profanity laced practices from Coach K. The token to visit to BYU was fun but all knew he wasn't coming here.