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  1. #61
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    Quote Originally Posted by FerryFor50 View Post
    Did not realize this, but Parker is Mormon.

    That means he may have to take his sabbatical when he's 19....

    Not that it matters. Just found it interesting.
    Not an expert on Mormon matters, but from what I understand, there is no hard requirement that you do a mission, nor is there a specific age/window for doing it if you choose to. Most Mormons do choose to do a mission (although Steve Young and, I believe, Danny Ainge are among those who didn't), and doing so in their college years usually makes sense from a practical standpoint. That is not the case with someone who is on a professional sports fast track, though.

  2. #62
    Illinois didn't make the list...but DePaul did?

  3. #63
    Quote Originally Posted by muzikfrk75 View Post
    Illinois didn't make the list...but DePaul did?
    He's from Chicago. DePaul is the local school. Illinois is out in the middle of cornfields. For what it's worth, I don't expect either DePaul or Illinois to end up with him, so it doesn't really matter.

  4. #64
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    Quote Originally Posted by gam7 View Post
    Just about every article written about him discusses his Mormon faith at length. You might take a look at some of those links (including the Sports Illustrated cover story). He's talked about the possibility of his going on a mission, and he's undecided. Regardless, he'll almost certainly be one-and-done as a college basketball player.
    Yea but has it been discussed in this thread?

  5. #65
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvdahops View Post
    Not an expert on Mormon matters, but from what I understand, there is no hard requirement that you do a mission, nor is there a specific age/window for doing it if you choose to. Most Mormons do choose to do a mission (although Steve Young and, I believe, Danny Ainge are among those who didn't), and doing so in their college years usually makes sense from a practical standpoint. That is not the case with someone who is on a professional sports fast track, though.
    Yea, that's why I said "may have to"...

    I suspect he won't, but did read that he wasn't commenting, which I think is appropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzikfrk75 View Post
    Illinois didn't make the list...but DePaul did?
    He ruled out Illinois after Bruce Weber got canned, likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FerryFor50 View Post
    Yea but has it been discussed in this thread?
    Actually yeah. Dude you must have been sleeping under a rock on this one. Ha. Just giving you a hard time bud, so don't sweat it.

    Back to being serious, Parker said he has not decided yet on the mission. It is a possibility, but so is being a one and done. He seems very serious about his faith, so I would not be shocked if he went on the mission, but I think the pull of the NBA will be strong as well. Especially if he plays his way into the Number 1 pick after his freshman year.

    Either way I hope he comes. He is a great kid and appears to be the real deal on the court as well. He would be a great addition to the Duke family.
    I strongly feel that thats not a basketball issue. Im in charge of the basketball program as much the chancellor and the athletic director allow me to be. And its not a basketball issue.
    Williams said, he is aware of the classes that his players take. I think it varies on a coach, he said. I mean, Im pretty aware of what our guys are doing. And its not a basketball issue, guys. It is not a basketball issue. Its a university issue.
    Roy Williams 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newton_14 View Post
    Actually yeah. Dude you must have been sleeping under a rock on this one. Ha. Just giving you a hard time bud, so don't sweat it.

    Back to being serious, Parker said he has not decided yet on the mission. It is a possibility, but so is being a one and done. He seems very serious about his faith, so I would not be shocked if he went on the mission, but I think the pull of the NBA will be strong as well. Especially if he plays his way into the Number 1 pick after his freshman year.

    Either way I hope he comes. He is a great kid and appears to be the real deal on the court as well. He would be a great addition to the Duke family.
    Dang, I even searched for "mormon" in the browser find. Must have been discussed as "mission" or something else.

    My apologies! (back to my rock)

  9. #69
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    Interesting read from the Raleigh N&O today:

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/07/...gain-this.html

    Interesting quote from ol' roy when asked if he was afraid to recruit head-to-head against K:

    I went to freakin Ames, Iowa [to recruit Barnes] 11 times and his [butt] went twice, Williams said. Dont tell me I aint going to go head-to-head.

    11 trips to Ames? WTH? That's gotta be some kind of NCAA recruiting violation.

    Wonder if any of his players learned to speak Swahili while he was absent so much...

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Interesting read from the Raleigh N&O today:

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/07/...gain-this.html

    Interesting quote from ol' roy when asked if he was afraid to recruit head-to-head against K:

    I went to freakin Ames, Iowa [to recruit Barnes] 11 times and his [butt] went twice, Williams said. Dont tell me I aint going to go head-to-head.

    11 trips to Ames? WTH? That's gotta be some kind of NCAA recruiting violation.

    Wonder if any of his players learned to speak Swahili while he was absent so much...

    Well I'd say that was about 9 visits too many. Glad you got the Black Falcon as it turned out. Congrats, you got one of the most overrated high school ballers to ever to play the game.

    But if there wasn't any let's call it "concern vice fear" why make 11 trips if K is only going twice? Maybe fear is not the right word, but you sure were worried about something to make 11 trips to IOWA of all places.... now if he lived in Miami or Hawaii maybe I could see an alternative reasons, but Ames Iowa, 11 times.... yea, you were sweating it pretty hard.

  11. #71
    Any word on his decision to go on his mission or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPhilTheThrill View Post
    Any word on his decision to go on his mission or not?
    Do you mean his mission to lead Duke to a second consecutive national championship or a Mormon mission? I believe he hasn't decided about either yet.

  13. #73
    Did anyone notice in his tweet of schools, MSU was in lower case? Don't know about you, but that stood out to me.

  14. #74
    Quote Originally Posted by jaredv View Post
    Did anyone notice in his tweet of schools, MSU was in lower case? Don't know about you, but that stood out to me.
    Just curious and do not mean any harm when I say this; but are you serious or just trying to be funny and sarcastic with your comment?

    If you are serious, who does MSU being in lower case stand out to you?

  15. #75
    Quote Originally Posted by Class of '94 View Post
    Just curious and do not mean any harm when I say this; but are you serious or just trying to be funny and sarcastic with your comment?

    If you are serious, who does MSU being in lower case stand out to you?

    Mostly being stupid....I just noticed that michigan state was the only school in lower case in his tweet. Just me being dumb and reading between the lines...?

  16. #76
    Quote Originally Posted by jaredv View Post
    Mostly being stupid....I just noticed that michigan state was the only school in lower case in his tweet. Just me being dumb and reading between the lines...?
    Got it....You're not being stupid or dumb; you're just giving your thoughts on this. No worries......I'll leave it to the posters that are more in the know; but you could be right because it's hard to tell what kids his age are thinking. Personally, I don't think you can read too much into any HS kid's tweets unless he or she comes out and verbally commits to a school; and even then it could be a joke (or someone hacked that person's twitter ). The good news is that we should know sooner rather than later where Mr Parker is going if he sticks to what he's said before and commits sometime in November/fall.

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    Parker Injured

    Minor injury, but will miss the rest of the AAU circuit:

    http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcspor...wdown/related/

    Article says he played through a stress fracture, tough kid.

    I think he is taking the rest of the summer off so he can watch his future coach guide the Olympic team.

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    Not 100% how credible this is, but an article by Larry Vaught quotes Adam Zagoria (from zagsblog) saying:

    "He(Parker) has strong relationships with coaches at Duke and Michigan State. Academics are very important to his family, and that helps Duke,” Zagoria said. “I have even had sources close to Calipari tell me that he believes Duke is the favorite. I honestly don’t think Jabari Parker goes to Kentucky(!!!!!!!!).”

    http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/...,7413728.story

    I feel pretty awesome about this if Coach Cal thinks we're gonna get him

    And even in the horrible scenario that we don't land him, I'd much rather it be MSU than UK. At least it won't become a complete disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by licc85 View Post
    Not 100% how credible this is, but an article by Larry Vaught quotes Adam Zagoria (from zagsblog) saying:

    "He(Parker) has strong relationships with coaches at Duke and Michigan State. Academics are very important to his family, and that helps Duke, Zagoria said. I have even had sources close to Calipari tell me that he believes Duke is the favorite. I honestly dont think Jabari Parker goes to Kentucky(!!!!!!!!).

    http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/...,7413728.story

    I feel pretty awesome about this if Coach Cal thinks we're gonna get him

    And even in the horrible scenario that we don't land him, I'd much rather it be MSU than UK. At least it won't become a complete disaster.
    Its funny that I think more highly of a kid when it appears his choices are between coaches/schools that I respect. I never begrudged Greg Monroe his choice of Georgetown.

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    Sounds like we're in excellent shape with him. I don't think it'd be a "horrible scenario" if we don't get him, as our 2013-2014 team is looking awesome already. But man, it's nice to dream.

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