Jabari Parker found a Mormon connection at Duke


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  • Jim1027 St. George, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    Big mistake on his part. Mark it in your diary and remember this post.

    He'll go there and find out that he could've had more fun at BYU. He could've made a bigger impact at BYU. He'll find out that there's more than money that makes you happy.

    He'll just be one of the guys there, feeling rather cold and dreary, and then go to the NBA. He could've had all that and more at BYU.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 5:28 p.m.


    Provo is a college town and you still live there?

    Jabari will find out how many talented kids on Coack K. roster that he will less likely play very little. I could be wrong but look what happened to Chris Burgess (I never knew about him before hand) which he played very little and chose to transfer to Utah. Jabari want to play one year and move on to NBA which may teach him well at Duke during practice days but not much at the live games. Sure NBA will take him but not in the early round. But to my understanding he might go on a mission after 1st year college which he sure will enjoy it. Wish you well kid.

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    "Jim1027": While I agree that Jabari would have had a bigger impact at BYU, given that he is likely a one-and-done in college, I honestly think Duke may well have been better suited to him. Given the hype that would have followed him *everywhere* at BYU, perhaps he actually wanted to be "just one of the guys", although I highly doubt he will feel cold and dreary there. I think he would be worth the same money to NBA teams whether he went to Duke or BYU, so I'm not really sure what your point is there. The one thing that I honestly thought might have swayed him toward BYU--but clearly didn't--was in regard to dating. Not being from Utah myself, I know what is like to relish having a lot of LDS girls in your potential dating pool, unlike the situation was for him in Chicago, which will mirror that of Duke.

    In the end, he's a good kid who is trying to do the best for his future. As much as I wanted him at BYU, I can't fault him for believing Duke was best for his personal situation.

  • JParkerfan St. George, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    Hateing BYU because of a fan/fans, makes as much sense as hating the church because you don't like all of the members.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Jan. 25, 2013 12:02 a.m.

    Jim1027--"He'll go there and find out that he could've had more fun at BYU. He could've made a bigger impact at BYU. He'll find out that there's more than money that makes you happy."

    People like Jim1027 are focused on BYU sports and not the larger mission of the LDS Church which is to BRING people to Christ not an NCAA trophy.

    Please, Parker picked Duke for one reason and one reason only, he is talented enough to go to a top basketball program. BYU is nowhere close to what Duke is.

    Besides, LDS players getting more publicity playing outside of BYU get the LDS Church way more publicity. These athletes live a different standard and make impressions on non LDS people.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 25, 2013 4:42 a.m.

    I think most of my fellow BYU fans will recognize this was a personal decision and will wish Jabari well. Duke is one of the best places to play basketball. Of course we're disappointed because we would have loved to have had him in the program.

    As for the haters, let's grow up and have some perspective here. Hating all of us for the perceived actions of a few makes no sense. I don't believe you really "hate" us anyway. That's a pretty low threshold for such a repulsive behavior.

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 5:11 a.m.


    Actually, my friend, the two phenomena do NOT mach "as much sense." I'll tell you why. More than the sum of its members, the Church is a system of beliefs and hopes, a gospel. On the other hand, what is BYU if not the people who represent it? It's completely justified to dislike BYU based on its people. Luckily, I like BYU people. And luckily, I don't define people by what they yell at sports events or what they write in the comments section of the paper. Jabari is going to have one heck of a time at Duke! And then to the NBA! If he was going on a mission, he would have said so by now. Welcome to reality.

  • TruBlue Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 5:54 a.m.

    @JParkerfan - that never stopped the great number of people who do precisely what you describe, for precisely the reason you describe it.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Jan. 25, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    "He'll find out that there's more than money that makes you happy." I guess I don't understand this one. Is Parker being paid to play at Duke?

    For those who are worried about Jabari being over shadowed by all the talent at Duke, don't be. He is the most sought after player since LeBron James. If you ask me it will be the other players at Duke who will have to worry about being over shadowed by Jabari.

    Some may believe that, as a Mormon, it would be more comfortable to attend BYU and it might be. But as a Mormon who grew up in a Mormon community, lived in the Salt Lake Valley for 11 years as a young professional and then moved to the east coast 25 years ago, I can tell you that, for me at least, it was the best thing I could have done. My faith and testimony has increased exponentially. I have had opportunities to share that faith with others that I never would have had living in the safe confines of Sandy, Utah.

    Wherever one lives can be a wonderful place if one tries to make it so.

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    Most, if not all, universities and colleges have active Institute and YSA programs. The church is maturing on campuses and needs people like Parker throughout the world. For over a hundred years, the call was "come to Zion" and build up the church. Now, the call is to "stay in your area and build up Zion there". The same applies to universities and colleges.

  • Ltrain St. George, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    Yes, and in the immortal words of my 9 yr. old son. That is "WeakSauce."

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Jan. 25, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    I just hope he goes on a mission. It will make a difference in his life that he cannot yet see.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    Now, when I am true blue, I will cheer for the Cougs and for the Blue Devils! Go Jabari!

  • tigger AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    Oh for Pete's sake you guys, if I had a son highly recruited in basketball I would hope he would choose Duke too. For basketball reasons, career reasons, academic reasons--character building reasons.

  • Arkansas_gal DE QUEEN, AR
    Jan. 25, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    Sometimes high school players choose a school because they want to learn under a particular coach. At least that's the way it works in the South. The Basketball coach at Duke has a history of going to NCAA playoff's every year and going far. With the change in age for missionaries, this opens Jabri up to the possiblity of serving his mission before college so the formula changes. If he serves his mission first, he will come back a self-disciplined man instead of a kid. Wherever he chooses to go, I wish him the best, and I look forward to filling out my bracket each March!

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    LDS kids can go to any university and be very successful. In some cases, even MORE successful socially, spiritually, academically and professionally than if they would have attended BYU. There are LDS student communities and institute programs on most campuses.

    I teach and counsel in a Utah high school and based upon my students' experiences, I think that the BEST LDS post-high school experience is in Logan, not Provo. And I am a BYU alumnus!

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    I wonder if some are disappointed when an LDS member with a bright and promising engineering mind accepts a scholarship to MIT. If Jabari aspires to have an elite basketball career, he certainly chose wisely his institution of higher learning.

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    Jan. 26, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    I would have like to see Jabari P. come to play for BYU. But if he didn't feel that was the right choice for him, that's his decision. BYU was the right place for me, a person who grew up in places where the LDS church was very small. Provo was where I could participate in a large community of people who shared my faith for the first time. That decision came with tradeoffs when considering of my other college options. When it was time to move on to grad school, I chose to return to my non-LDS community with the positive lessons I'd learned at BYU. I think it worked out well for my family and me.

    But those decisions were personal. In the end, each of us must do what we think is best for our own development opportunities. Best of luck to Jabari in his choices!

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Jan. 27, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    Some faithfully LDS try & do not like the LDS saturated-community experience. It's a phobia of not feeling unique or "special" enough. Perhaps this was in Jabari's thoughts?

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    Well motivated LDS kids should be more concerned about what they're giving than what they're getting when they choose a college. He can be a great example of an LDS kid to a lot of people who have never had the chance to associate with one. Duke is fine university, no one should begrudge anyone for choosing to go there. BYU is a fine school too. Blossom where you choose to plant yourself and it's all good in the long run.