Sounds like a wonderful young man. Parents are doing it right and he is making
the right choices. Oh, how I would love to see him at the Y, but I doubt it
will be his final choice.
Nice kid. He'll have a great influence on his teammates at Duke.
erniesay it isn't so. what about the pac 10 plus 2? Utah? How could
he do such a thing?Well he is classy!
We all doubt Jabari will choose the Y. We all doubt he'll go on a
mission. But sometimes, we are just wrong. I'm confident that when
Jabari boils it down to a final decision, there will be 4 choices - Duke, either
KY or MSU, BYU or mission followed by going to one of those schools. But it
does seem like he is one of those special ones that come along every 20 years or
What a great kid. Can't wait to watch the interview.As if he
cared what I think about his choice of schools, but...Duke will ruin him. Soft
nobodys come from there. How about a real program that makes you tough enough
to win an NBA championship. There are a dozen schools I would take over the
Love this story! Could do without all the sappy, fawning over Couric, who
didn't exactly tear up the ratings with her nightly news anchoring stint,
but I do enjoy hearing about this kid. A humble, non-street-thug in todays
basketball world is rare. Hope to keep hearing more and more about him being the
If he is smart he'll go to UNC and play for the classiest coach in the
country. (And the best program)
Good to see Couric in church for once in her life. Hope it didn't scar her
too much.Surprised Obama hasn't tried to take him one on one.
It's a shame to me that, based on his talent, any coach in the country
would be happy to accommodate a mission while those less talented either have to
choose a University that is misison friendly or just not even serve. I'm
glad that Parker will at least have support if he chooses to serve but am
disappointed for all the other Mormon athletes who would like to serve but are
limited.It'd sure be something if he chose BYU, but he'll
have a great experience most anywhere he goes.
What a remarkable, classy young man. With his boatloads of talent and his
level-headed, down-to-earth personality, he will be a great asset to the sport
of basketball, as well as a great ambassador for his faith.
Will BYU get another "J", so Y fans can change from "Jimmered"
to "Jabaried"? ...LOL! Anyway, he will still be great whereever he
decides to go, since he's already got his foundation planted. Good luck to
this wonderful young man. I'm already a fan.
I think Jabari Parker is already one of the greatest missionaries we have. What
a great person he is!
At least they gave them some free basketballs out of it? weird.
Love to see exemplary young men in any field...but, yeah, ya did kinda kiss
Katie Couric's feet in this article. I know...we're all in awe of her*
but this article bordered on reverence. Please. She's a flippin'
reporter, for goodness sake. *I'll never forget my excitement
when I covered the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, and saw her
step from a limo. Giddy with excitement, I squealed her name, and she turned
around and smiled at me. I automatically snapped a photo of her, but did I get
anything newsworthy? Does the top of Mario Cuomo's head count? I also got a
shot of the fake Father Guido Sarducci (comedian Don Novello) and at one point
found myself in a private, black-curtained hallway where I nearly ran into Gary
Hart. I took his picture, too, but he looked like a petrified jackrabbit, and I
couldn't use it. Later, he bowed out in disgrace over another photo that
emerged of a sweet young thing sitting on his lap in a boat. My, how times have
I find this weird. Every time an LDS person does something exciting people here
in Utah automatically act as if he is one of them. He has nothing to do with
Utah. Give it a rest.
"Surprised Obama hasn't tried to take him one on one."@Charles, it is kind of surprising. It wouldn't be the first time Obama
attempted to do something he ultimately ends up failing miserably at.That being said, I really hope he chooses BYU, but like most people I
don't think he will. However, the possibility is there, and a relatively
good chance, too (meaning it's significantly greater than 0).
Regarding the Katie Couric references,I wouldn't really call
that fawning or kissing her feet. She has certainly earned the accolades given
her here and elsewhere.Charles,Whether you meant "in
Church" or "in an LDS Church" I actually wouldn't be suprizied
if Katie Couric said she has religious beliefs or had been in an LDS
meetinghouse before. Who knows, she may have even attended the full 3 hour
block. You never know. I don't know that any of us can really say whether
she is a religious person or not.just-a-fan,Being that
the people getting excited can qualify Jabari as a member of the LDS Church,
members will get excited. The fact that Utah has a higher than average LDS
population, is home to the headquarters of the LDS Church, this paper is owned
by the LDS Church- may have something to do with it.With respect,
what's weird isn't the association or attention given by LDS members
who reside in this state; However, it is weirder to me to question why a crowd
with a sizable LDS membership would pay attention to other members when in the
Okay, this is about Jabari and Katie on Good Morning America. I'll make
sure that I will watch tomorrow morning show at 8 AM.
ute alumni: Not sure what you're talking about.You do realize that
when you claim a group or individual doesn't have class, that you have no
class, right? Even thinking it shows that person has no class.
I think his Mom lived in Utah. Don't know but that could be a Utah tie.
Good luck in his future endeavors. I hope that where ever he goes that if he
wants to go on a mission that the school he chooses will work around it.
ernie,i'll help you. i said he has class and that everytime there
could be a connection with BYU you find, with your deep insight and inside
information that he will be going to duke. glad you have all the answers and
know who has class.
Geez, with all the attention this kid is getting, it'll be a miracle if he
doesn't have a breakdown from the pressure. He seems like he has a good
head on his shoulders but I know I'd have a hard time with it.
His choice has never been what college will let him serve a mission. He's
a one and done player and doesn't turn 19 until well after his freshman
season (and the NBA draft). His choice is whether or not to postpone his NBA
career for a mission.
I'd love to see a picture of Jabari's parents. They are the people
I'm impressed with.
Just watched this segment on GMA....Katie Couric did an absolutely
awesome job!!! I've never been a big fan of hers, but on this one she hit
it out of the park! She was a Class-Act all the way!!And
ABC/GMA's editors did an equally awesome job editing it all together, and
making the piece accurate, informative and respectful of the LDS
Church/religion.I have to say I WAS a little surprised to see them
set up and interview/film INSIDE the chapel portion of the meetinghouse!! 8^)
RE: just-a-fan at 12:03 p.m., 6-13-12, said:I find this weird. Every time
an LDS person does something exciting people here in Utah automatically act as
if he is one of them. He has nothing to do with Utah. Give it a rest.Just-a-Fan: You are grossly mis-interpreting the data!!It's
NOT a "Utah thing", dude.... it's a "religion thing" (a
common religious-affiliation)._Mormons_ (not Utahns) DO "act as
if he is one of them"..... because he IS!!!As you yourself said,
it "has nothing to do with Utah."MORMONS ALL OVER THE
COUNTRY/WORLD --not Utahns-- are touting this amazing kid.
I watched the interview on GMA and was surprised that Ms. Couric did not know
that the correct name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She
used the name The Church of Latter Day Saints. I wonder if Sarah Palin would
have known better?
@Andy"Duke will ruin him. Soft nobodys come from there."He's much more likely to be soft and not go anywhere out of BYU
than Duke ... sports wise that is.@stampederus - "Ms. Couric did
not know that the correct name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints. She used the name The Church of Latter Day Saints. I wonder if Sarah
Palin would have known better?"Sensitive much?@InspectorC"ABC/GMA's editors did an equally awesome job
editing it all together, and making the piece accurate, informative and
respectful of the LDS Church/religion."It's like
you're just looking for them to say something wrong.To those
full of excitement to see a Mormon NBA prospect ... wow. You don't see
Catholics, protestants, atheists, or any other group get so riled up when they
have a potential superstar than the Mormons. In fact I don't even hear
about their religion, just their athletic abilities. Is there desperation here
@LValfrePrety sure you're the "Sensitive" and
"Desperate" one here.Too positive an aritcle on the LDS for
you?Didn't fit your narrative?Go fishing Dude, relax. The Mormons are here to stay.
@LValfreI guess Tim Tebow flew under your radar as well.Nobody
ever mentions his Faith, right L?
This is about a super athlete and his faith. It's a sad commentary that the
two existing together is considered such a novelty. Good fortune to him and his
family, Personal development involves both athletic and spiritual components.
With his talent and heart - UNC, BYU, Duke, it doesn't matter.
LValfreTo those full of excitement to see a Mormon NBA prospect ...
wow. You don't see Catholics, protestants, atheists, or any other group get
so riled up when they have a potential superstar than the Mormons. In fact I
don't even hear about their religion, just their athletic abilities. Is
there desperation here for something?It's the DNews and for byu
fans it only happens about every 25 years that's why they get so excited.
Whatever happned to the media blackout proclaimed by his family? And even the
dnews cant leave it alone. He is a kid, let him be a kid. Stop with all mission
talk. This kid is potentially a wreck woth all the mormon pressure and his
basketball talent. Leave him alone he is a kid, and mom and dad stand by your
word with the media exposure -- you hae already had one failure with this.
Great interview and a great kid. It does bother me when JESUS CHRIST is left out
of the name of the church. Those are two VERY important words and they are there
for a very important reason. It states clearly and concisely exactly what we
@mightymiteDo you always speak before you think? This interview was
filmed previous to the Parker's decision to end the media coverage by
several weeks. It was only just now shown. You utah "fans" sure struggle
Yes Robroy you are right she has all cousins living in Utah lots played football
at Utah and Byu. However I see the pint which is why all the Byu fans make a
deal out of it like they know him Just cause he is Mormon.
Great to hear about such a tallented, yet also well balanced young man. Hope he
keeps that humble attitude as he is blessed with success and the attention that
will accompany it.While I do agree that Katie Couric is a talented
news reporter, I do find myself questioning why, if she is so talented, does she
associate herself with a program like Good Morning America. Few can dispute
that GMA is more about entertainment and less about news. I know no one, who is
serious about staying informed on national and world events, that considers GMA
a reliable source. Perhaps Katie just likes human interest stories.
In which case, if she is such a talented interviewer, this is such a waste of
What an amazing kid! (with amazing parents I must add) No matter where he
plays, I'm a big fan of his. Truly classy. Hopefully more of today's
youth can follow his example of how to
Great interview to watch. Good publicity for the Church.
Wow...Katie Couric and ABC really dropped the ball. All these years and they
STILL can't get the name of the church right?! We have a style-guide
online. What more do you want mainstream media? The Church of JESUS CHRIST of
How can this even come close to being a "Deseret News exclusive" when
its a newspaper story about a broadcast news story about a sports magazine
story. Honestly, the Deseret News is at least twice removed from a report that
was first reported by two other news agencies. Don't pat yourself on the
back about getting the scoop, DNews. This is hardly an "exclusive."