Jabari Parker Uncertain Of Mormon Mission
Jabari Parker could be affected by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' recent decision to lower the age minimum for men to serve a mission, his father said Monday.
The new minimum age requirement for church members' missions is 18 if they are a high school graduate, a change that would allow Parker to become a full-time missionary right after high school.
"When he's 18 and if he did want to go on a mission, he can now," Parker's father, Sonny Parker, said Monday. "He has to decide whether or not (he wants to). He hasn't decided one way or another. We've talked about it.
"If he's going at 18, he would go to a mission and then possibly go to college or to the NBA. I know his situation is different than a lot of people. We'll just see."
Jabari’s brother, Christian, served a mission after playing basketball at BYU-Hawaii.
"When he came from his mission, we talked a lot about it," Jabari Parker told Sports Illustrated in May. "I want to go (on a mission). But I have doubts. The NBA is the biggest dream of basketball players, and I'm no different."