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Published: Tuesday, May 31 2011 10:02 p.m. MDT

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Bugoff
Houston, TX

Emery fits the European game well. He could play over there for a couple of years and develop before taking a shot at the NBA. If he improves ball handling and shooting consistency his defense should help him in the NBA.

IndianaCoug
Bloomington, IN

Jackson is a class act. He'll get the chance to play somewhere, even if it is some obscure team in Eastern Europe. With his work ethic and amazing defense he'll be able to play, and get paid for it, for several years.

Old Gregg
Alpine, UT

Glad to see Emery putting himself out there and having a sense of humor while also being realistic about where he will be playing. Maybe he'll catch a break and make it in the NBA, but playing professionally overseas isn't a bad gig either. Good luck Jax!

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

The title of the article doesn't match the reality of the article, which I find occurs more with DN articles (particularly sports) than I find in any other newspapers I read. Emery knows his game is best suited for Europe, and the article admits as much. I, too, wish Emery nothing but the best. He should do very well in Europe, as Travis Hansen has. Good luck Jackson!

williary
Kearns, UT

Jackson reminds me of the movie Rudy. If you could get half of the guys with more talent to play as hard as Jackson does, you'd have something special.

The guy is a smart, tough player. Has zero shot at playing in the NBA, but works hard enough to keep playing somewhere overseas.

Good luck to him, from a Ute.

Madden
Herriman, UT

He sounds like a funny and nice guy. Best of luck to him playing in Europe, and hopefully he improves in a few areas and opens some eyes to get a shot at the NBA down the road.

altahoops
Provo, UT

What I appreciate most about Jackson is how he willingly played in Jimmer's shadow the last couple of years and accepted his role for the good of the team. Jackson was a superstar coming out of high school with lots of awards and acclaim. He could have struggled with his ego, but he chose instead do put his team ahead of his own personal desires.

I think Jackson will surprise some people with his quickness, athleticism, and basketball abilities. Good coaches will already be aware of what he can do despite having been a role player. A lot of sports fans fail to recognize these guys who have great skills and would likely have received a lot more recognition in another environment and team.

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

Good luck, my friend.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Jackson would have to be a lights out shooter to make the NBA and he isn't. His athletic skill is good enough but his ability to knock down jumpers isn't there. Jackson will end up in Europe or Brazil.

plyxply
SLC, UT

I agree with altahoops, Jackson is a very good player and does have a shot to make the NBA. It's a small shot, but if he has a good agent who can sell his abilities and gets him some looks I think Jackson posseses many qualities that most NBA players lack in greatly. He's smart, unselfish, well-spoken, a great defender, and isn't afraid to put the team first. Not a Cougar fan but have become a fan of Emery over the past two years and wish him luck.

hornetfan
declo, id

What I believe is that in any other year but the year that a player like Jimmer was there, Emery would have been discussed legit for possible play in the NBA. I think he was totally under appreciated for all his skills and abilities. There were several games where because of his defensive and offensive skills they were kept in the game or moved ahead when others including Jimmer were not doing well. His stats are pretty impressive. I just hope he gets a legit chance to make a team. I truly think IF given the chance he would surprise a lot of people. As for Europe, most even good athletes who go there fall of the radar. Time will tell.

UU32
Bountiful, UT

Unfortunately, the lockout this summer is going to hurt guys like Jackson the most. He won't get a shot at playing in the summer leagues.

Good luck to Jackson in Europe.

christoph
Brigham City, UT

I'll miss Emery as much as Jimmer, both very different players; Emery had a tough time keeping the 8th commandment on the basketball court.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

If he made the NBA, that would be sweet. But the alternative's not bad either. I'm sure there are plenty of recent college graduates that if you told them they could play a "game" for 6 figures a year while traveling Europe...most would call that a dream job.

Good luck in your future endeavors, Emery. This is one Ute fan who is glad you'll no longer be suiting up for the Y.

christoph, you can't break the 8th without first coveting the ball when it's in the opponents hands...

localblue
Sandy, UT

Jackson is awesome and I wish him the best. But until he can consistently hit outside shots he's not making it in the NBA. He's fast, quick and fundamentally sound. But he can't create his own shot and he is just too inconsistent from long range. If you saw the Jimmer's Pacers 3-point shooting, that's what Jackson needs to be able to do during practice. During a game 30-40% would be sufficient, but right now he's far from being able to do that. I hope for the best but also wish him good luck in Europe.

UgottaloveMaxie
SLC, UT

No chance whatsoever to play in the NBA, sorry pal.

President Joker
Washington, DC

Sacramento is considering Jimmer at 7 thank goodness.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

If all young men were like Jax, the world would be a much, much better place. And I agree with his comments on Jimmer, he's going to surprise all the naysayers. Maybe not rookie year, but let's see after 5 years.

mikexom
Los Ojos, NM

Jackson Emery has two career options:
a) play Eddie Haskell in the next "Leave it to Beaver" remake - he's a natural fit.

b) put all the practice with Jimmer to use and sell it (rather than give it away) in West Hollywood

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