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.
@jdub1942Provo 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.
"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
@jdub1942Hateing BYU because of a fan/fans, makes as much sense as hating
the church because you don't like all of the members.
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.
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.
RE:JParkerfanActually, 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.
@JParkerfan - that never stopped the great number of people who do precisely
what you describe, for precisely the reason you describe it.
"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.
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.
@TruBlueYes, and in the immortal words of my 9 yr. old son. That is
I just hope he goes on a mission. It will make a difference in his life that he
cannot yet see.
Now, when I am true blue, I will cheer for the Cougs and for the Blue Devils! Go
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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?
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.