Report: Jabari Parker may return to Duke for sophomore season

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  • jazzer St. George, UT
    April 4, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    At the end of the day the NBA is the best decision. I am all for school, if you believe a mission is good then great, but you will receive a paycheck that you won't ever get the chance to get. If NBA doesn't work out, you can go back to school. Just because you have a degree, does not mean you will have a job. Take your talents to the NBA, and if that doesn't work out, go back to school!

    I wish the NBA made players stay for 2 years but since they don't, I wouldn't risk the injury playing for free.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    April 3, 2014 11:40 p.m.

    No matter which of the 3 options he has, they're all win-win-win just in different ways.
    Sometimes, it's not which choice you make but how you perform in that choice.
    Personally I'd be thrilled to see him give coach K another year and gain a more balanced game before he goes to the NBA.

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    April 3, 2014 10:02 p.m.

    By staying another year he may be another Kyle Collinsworth. The kind of money involved is a choice hard to turn down. He'll make the right choice for him. Good luck in a tough decision.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    April 3, 2014 8:41 p.m.

    4 years of college and the mission thing, it will be 6 years before he plays in the NBA.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    April 3, 2014 8:38 p.m.

    College degrees are so overrated. He will make more money in the NBA than he ever will with any kind of college degree. If he wasn't on a scholarship and going to duke where tuition there costs $40,000 per year, he would be paying that off for the rest of his life. Take it from this college grad, College is nothing more than a giant glorified scam.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    April 3, 2014 8:35 p.m.

    The fact of the matter is he is out of shape as it is. Missions don't make you better at that they make you worse. If does 4 years of school then the mission thing, he won't be a lottery pick by then, mark my words.

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    April 3, 2014 6:48 p.m.

    Here's a thought: Jabari goes on a mission, transfers to BYU while he is gone, does one more year and leads the Cougars to the Final Four, then goes to the NBA.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    April 3, 2014 4:52 p.m.

    I think the one and done rule is bad for basketball period. Those kids don't learn fundamentals. And 5 years after they're done, most are broke.

    I'd say to Jabari, get your degree then play pro ball.

  • ProudPoppa Mapleton, UT
    April 3, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    We often fall into a trap in the LDS culture of a one-size fits all approach to living our standards. Did Jimmer, Steve Young, Danny Ainge make mistakes in not serving full-time missions? Who knows? Have they had a significant, positive impact for the Church? Who can argue they haven't! Would they have had the same impact had they served a mission? Frankly, I doubt it. I know McKay Christensen. He was a top tier LDS MLB draft pick out of high school. I admire him for his decision to serve instead of going pro. He made the best decision for him. He later played ball, but arguably lost his physical and competitive edge in choosing to serve a mission. McKay had only short stints as an MLB player post mission. That's ok too. He is an awesome man and has lived his life deliberately. I think we need to be open to the possibility that rarely, but sometimes, it makes sense for an individual to serve the Lord in a different capacity. Anything less than charity and understanding for such decisions reminds me of a story of beams and motes.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 3, 2014 1:36 p.m.

    He could probably replace Carlino if he decides to transfer.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 3, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    I'm no expert about nba, college and Jabari. It is about him and he seems to act like a human being. His teachers (which is his mom, dad and Coach K.) know how to teach him and that it is up to him. Sure some players never did go on mission (Danny Ainge, Jimmer, etc) but they are doing their part in doing missionary daily life. All I can say, good luck Jabari in what you do and I support that! Sorry Matt Carlino, coach K won't be calling you, lol!

  • BC CougFan Brigham City, UT
    April 3, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    As a cougar fan I would like to see him go on a mission and then decide to transfer to BYU. Most likely not going to happen but it would be awesome. One can always wish right.

  • jmn2dmb41 Sammamish, WA
    April 3, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    He would be a better missionary and representative of the church if he went to the NBA and was a great role model. Fireside here and there. Picking up millions along the way doesn't hurt.

  • Foxtrot Mountain View, CA
    April 3, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    A mission might be right for you, but isn't the point to move along the work no matter how it is done?

    Steve Young didn't serve a mission, and look at the impact he had on the church. He is treated as a Titan in LDS culture.

    Jabari should absolutely go to the NBA this year, use it as a platform for whatever good he wants to do.

    Any other choice is stupid.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 3, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    Jabari Parker would fit really well into Ty Corbins defensive strategy here with the Jazz.

    The Jazz are #29 out of 30 teams on defense. This despite and he and Jazz managements endless preseason promises and pontifications. Any more questions about whether he can coach defense? #29 out of 30.

    "Semi"-joking aside, Parker seems like a very intelligent person.

    People get degrees to educate themselves and to be able to support themselves. Jabari Parker should go the NBA as soon as possible. He will likely make easily $150 million over his NBA career and possibly more.

    That pretty much negates needing to get a college degree now. He can do it later and have the money to easily live his entire life self-supported without financial worry.

    There is also plenty of time later, in a financially independent life, to serve multiple service/proselyting missions.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    April 3, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    @Whoa Nellie

    I'm pretty sure California Bob was referring to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill (not Brian) Walton.

    I've been known for mistyping things on occasion myself.

    As for Jabari, he's an outstanding young man from a good family so I'm certain whatever decision he makes will be one he has gone over carefully with those he trusts. Personally, I would like to see him play at Duke for another season for several reasons.

    #1 - Many Blue Devils fans are still shell shocked their team lost in the first round of the Big Dance this year. Another year at Duke will give these fans the chance to see Jabari play for a team which will hopefully do better next season.

    #2 - When one looks at how the NBA rookies have performed overall this season, it is clear many could have used some extra time playing college ball before they took the leap to the pros. The more mature Jabari can get playing at Duke, the better his overall NBA career will turn out.

    As a side note, since people already know he is LDS, Jabari is already serving as an unofficial missionary for the church.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    April 3, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    Let's be honest; to the true-blue LDS here, unless he's going on a mission, he's making a mistake. There really is no need to cite precedents of athletes coming back from a mission and going on to a pro career. Just stick to your guns and say what you mean . . you believe serving a mission is the most important thing anyone Jabari's age can do, The End.

    Of course there are a handful of examples of LDS athletes serving missions and then coming back to have successful pro careers. What's not as easy to evaluate is how many would have had careers had they not chosen a mission. Who knows? It stretches credulity to state or imply that an athlete's career is enhanced by a church mission.

    You can't look at the career of an elite athlete the same way you can other most professions. There's a relatively short shelf-life involved; 10-20 years depending on the sport. David Archuleta may be able to sing into his golden years. It's not as simple as some of you make it out to be.

  • inthebooth Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    earthquakejake - terrible advice. College degree isn't about the paycheck at the end. It's about making the transition to becoming an adult, learning new ideas and exploration, among other things. Jabari would best be served by going to college, but then again I think he would be best served with a mission. It's all about perspective. And that differs for most people. To each his own.

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    April 3, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    Whoever said he should go to the NBA, then on a mission, I'm not sure that's possible. Either too much fame and money to walk away from, plus how many lottery picks sign a year or two contract (are they even allowed to?). Yes, I served a mission, it was great, I loved it, but how do we know that jabari being in the nba wouldn't be his missionary experience? Every situation is unique.

  • Weberboy Fruit Heights, UT
    April 3, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    Cant blame Parker if he chooses to go to the NBA - money is money. If he really wants the college education, there are ways to get it (in the offseason or after he's done playing).

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    April 3, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    Hey Bob,
    Who is Jabber and Brian Walton? Granted I don't religiously follow college or pro ball but I've never heard of those two who you seem to think were star players.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    April 3, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    Parker obviously values education. He could declare for the draft, plan in the NBA and continue his education in the off season. There is no reason he could not get a Masters Degree this way if he wanted it.

    Going into the NBA does not make getting his degree impossible.

  • a serious man Rexburg, ID
    April 3, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    How do ya'll know he's better off serving a mission? One size fits all?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 3, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    I recall Shawn Bradley getting a $44 million dollar contract right off his mission without playing basketball for two years. Sure his NBA career wasn't that great but he play for what? 10 or 12 years? Brother Parker ought to seriously consider a mission.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    April 3, 2014 6:49 a.m.

    ask the 70% of college grads this spring who can't get a job equal to their education how important that degree is. Or someone, who with the stroke of a pen can make more before the ink dries than most of us make in a lifetime.

  • California Bob Valley Springs, CA
    April 3, 2014 6:31 a.m.

    Former UCLA greats, Kareem Abdul Jabber and Brian Walton, tout their college degrees as accomplishments in something unrelated to the basketball court. Both have found enriching careers post-NBA. Parker will do what best suits him. If he follows Jabber and Walton, Parker will find himself in another minority classification--NBA superstar with a college degree. And, should be take a hiatus for a two-year LDS mission, he'd probably end up in a class all by himself--NBA superstar with college degree and as a returned missionary.

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    April 3, 2014 5:57 a.m.

    Mission, then finish school, THEN NBA!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 2, 2014 11:45 p.m.

    this is exactly why I think the NBA is in decline - one year in college (if that) and off to the NBA. College hoops is losing and the NBA is losing. The lure of money is what it's all about. You rarely get the Grant Hills and players like that anymore which dilutes the league and the talent pool. You get unpolished dunkers and that's about it.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    April 2, 2014 11:28 p.m.

    If Jabari enters the draft next year, he's pretty much guaranteed $4 Million a year. I would love to see him get paid by playing a year or two in the NBA and then go on a mission. He'd get the exposure to the NBA and would be able to establish himself in the league before serving a mission.

    It may sound crazy, but if you look at David Archuleta and Will Hopoate in Australia, they were both able to put aside lucrative, high profile, professional careers and from all reports, serve as successful missionaries. Will Hopoate is back to Rugby and playing his way back into shape.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 2, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    Let's see what happens on April 28th. That's the deadline. I'll bet he declares for the NBA draft. If not, a lot of tanking teams will be ticked.

  • earthquakejake Logan, UT
    April 2, 2014 5:25 p.m.

    Go to the NBA, be a superstar and make millions. I'm confident he'll declare for the draft. Getting a degree just so you can say you have a degree makes no sense for someone in a position to make millions right away. College degrees are becoming more and more overrated.

  • drbarbiedpm GRAHAM, WA
    April 2, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    Personally I think a mission would be the best choice for Jabari. But definitely returning to school over entering the NBA draft would be the wiser choice. Life is not about money or fame. So much could be learned from serving a two-year mission for the Lord. That experience would trump any amount of money or fame. I know that the knowledge and experience I gained during my 18 month mission was invaluable and could not have been attained any other way. But if a mission is not on his radar -- definitely education and staying in school would far outweigh the NBA. That's my two cents :-)