Dick Harmon: Many expect Jabari Parker to choose the NBA, but what if he doesn't?

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  • onebigdaddy Dillon, CO
    April 17, 2014 7:15 p.m.

    From an OLD COUGAR .. who watched Ainge & Kresimir Chosic play.

    Parker - Stay @ Duke - he is a very good B-ball player but 1 more year with Duke & Coach-K would be good.

    If you are a B-ball player & you can choose Duke & playing for Coach-K, one of the greatest coaches ever & against some of the best teams in the nation or play for BYU..... Hummm that would be a very hard decision. NOT

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    April 17, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    Money, Money, Money and more Money. Nice material things. A beautiful model wife and all that comes with it for good or bad. More on the bad result based on recent observations from media. I admire his ambitions but feel that he hasn't really proved himself on his own without parental quidence. If one wants to play at Duke then honor the decision and stick it out like a honorable man. Coach K has military background and honor would be high on his priorities. He seems to teke too long to make decisions--a sign of imaturity. Not good for a fast thinking sports world.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 17, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    I hope he stays in school. Our world has become way too focused on money. Too many people seem to believe the only value in education is in how much money it can help you earn. With that attitude they say he should go to the NBA as soon as possible to maximize his earnings. Money is important, but the obscene amounts being thrown at athletes are ridiculous. Greed us an ugly thing that is driving more and more decisions in our society. We are moving towards a generation of poorly education millionares who won't understand how they can help the world with their wealth and won't know how to invest wisely to preserve it. There already are a high percentage of athletes who end up broke a few years after their playing days are done, because they didn't manage their wealth properly. That is only going to get worse, if the one and done trend continues.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    April 17, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    that he chose Duke over BYU makes me think that he'll choose going pro over staying for another year. In that sense he is choosing what is best for him as opposed to helping out some altruistic cause.

    On the other hand, our church helps youth channel their energy towards altruistic causes even if it does not lead to the best short-term financial results. So even though it appears that at least for now he is not going to channel his altruism towards its best use (a full-time LDS mission), perhaps he seeks out the lesser but still altruistic path of staying at Duke for longer.

    I'm interested to see what he chooses.

  • 435>801 Spanish Fork, UT
    April 17, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    It would be stupid to stay at Duke. Why risk having a career ending injury before you make a single dollar playing basketball. Staying injury free is never a guarantee, look at Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, both could have been great, but chronic injuries kept them from ever fulfilling their potential. Why risk it without getting paid first?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 17, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    Too bad he's not considering a mission. He'd come back more mature and be even better.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    April 16, 2014 8:42 p.m.

    Regardless of his decision, I'll be cheering for him. Good luck, Jabari!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 16, 2014 6:54 p.m.

    I think ESPN has reported that Jabari Parker did not say he would make a decision today. He has until the 27th, and why not take all the time he has? If money is the only object, then of course he jumps into the draft. If he's one of those crazy people who thinks that all that glitters isn't gold, he may stay where he is.