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BYU basketball: Nick Emery and TJ Haws commit to Cougars

Published: Monday, Aug. 29 2011 9:58 p.m. MDT

Lone Peak's T.J. Haws is engulfed by fans after the Knights defeated the American Fork Cavemen in the 5A Utah State Championship Game at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

Mike Terry, Deseret News

Nick Emery and TJ Haws have done most things together since they were in the second grade. With that being the case, it was only natural that they'd both make their college committments together.

Both players gave BYU coach Dave Rose their commitments to sign a letter of intent Monday night.

Emery is a 6-foot-1 guard who is entering his junior year this season, while Haws is a 6-2 guard who is entering his sophomore year. Both players helped lead Lone Peak to a state championship a season ago while averaging 21.6 and 13.8 points per game, respectively.

Emery, who had offers from BYU, Utah, Utah State, Arizona State and Oklahoma State, had made up his mind on Friday that BYU was the place for him. With his mind made up, he was determined to help Haws, who had an offer from Utah and BYU, make up his mind and commit with him.

"When I went over to his house to tell him all this and convince him, he told me that he had made up his mind as well," said Emery. "It was incredible how it happened. I mean, we both liked BYU and it was always on top of our lists, but neither of us had made up our minds until Friday."

After discussing their reaons for committing to BYU that next Sunday, they both made their decisions known to Coach Rose the next day.

"He was obviously happy," said Emery. "It's such a great opportunity for both of us. It's close to home, and the offense they run is perfect for us. It's a lot like what we run at Lone Peak, so we should be able to fit in perfect."

Emery is the younger brother of former BYU star Jackson Emery, while Haws is the younger brother of Tyler Haws, who will be rejoining the team following his mission service.

Both players have been on the same team since the second grade. With that being the case, they wanted to continue being teammates at the next level.

"We knew that we'd probably sign with the same school, and we both had an idea that it would be BYU for sure," said Emery. "Both of our families and our brothers gave us advice throughout the process. Jackson didn't push BYU on me, but I could tell that he obviously wanted me to go there. The decision was completely ours, and we both feel that BYU has everything we could ever want in a basketball program and in everything else."

By committing early, both players will now be able to fully concentrate on their high school and AAU teams.

"I wanted to stay close to home and so did TJ," said Emery. "I really didn't think I'd commit this early, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought about how much of an advantage it would be to get it out of the way so I could just concentrate on playing my best for my teams."

Both players are LDS and have plans to serve missions. While at BYU, they hope to help continue the great tradition that Coach Rose has built.

"You never play before an empty crowd at BYU, and I love that," said Emery.

"It's such a great atmosphere down there. I want to be a part of it and everything else that the program and school have to offer. It's an incredible atmosphere and definitely the best choice for me and for TJ."

Email: bgurney@desnews.com

Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

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