BYU basketball: Cougars' 'other' guard Jackson Emery sets his sights on pro career

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  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    May 25, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    Thank you Jackson, for helping us have an awesome year!

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    May 23, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    jackson can definitely play in the NBA, he is super fast and has all the athletics to play this year. sad to see him move on to bigger and better. good luck mr emery. congrats on your baby boy, hope he's born on the 14th in sep.

  • JamesBoilin East SLC, UT
    May 20, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    I'm looking for an article on 2010-11 Ute BB players' prospects in the pros to comment on. I'm not having any luck. Anybody help me out? HedgeHog? Chris B.?

  • JamesBoilin East SLC, UT
    May 20, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    I still have Jimmer and Jackson burned into my memory - from the day BYU fans filled the Huntsman Center and Jimmer dropped 47 on my team. The highlight of Jimmer's half court shot at the end of the 1st half just won't quit haunting me.

  • Brighton Alum Salt Lake City, UT
    May 20, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    Oregon Ute is right on...the self promotion is really over the top here and rather unbecoming. I agree that focusing on solid basketball skills would be a more appealing marketing strategy.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    May 19, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    Best of luck to Jackson, I think he will do well playing at the next level. He was a very good all around player and will be remembered as the all-time steals leader at byu.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    May 19, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    There should be a rule, basketball players can't marry short spouses.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 19, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Jackson would make a decent European player. No NBA - sorry Jackson.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    May 19, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    Thanks for those great years between you and Jimmer. Good luck and hope that Jimmer will call you to play on his NBA team (soon)!

    May 19, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    He will have a very good and long career overseas!!!!! Good Luck Jax!!!!!

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    May 19, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    Good Luck Jackson.. make the big bucks overseas and have a good life !

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 19, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    Ernest T. Bass | 8:03 a.m. May 19, 2011
    Bountiful, UT
    I think Jaxon would be super dang good in the NBA. If he played with Stockton on the jazz they would have won a lot more.

    Not enough zing on that one Ernie.

    It seems your pressing...

    Just relax, and bring it again.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 19, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    bigutefan | 1:03 a.m. May 19, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV

    Hey Emery, are you glad now that you wasted the whole season passing the ball off instead of proving yourself? You should be depressed!

    Big Ute fan?

    Nice wasted season on the hill.

    U depressed?

  • Oregon Ute Hermiston, OR
    May 19, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    As a Ute fan I appreciate the unselfish role Jackson played. No question he was unselfish and made the team better. I hope he gets a chance to fulfill his dream. I always struggle with these articles, whether they be Ute, BYU, or other college or pro players, because the players always promote themselves. The example in this article is,"to come see us before we take off and do our own professional thing. We're going to make sure the campers that come understand what it takes to be Jimmer- and Jackson-type material." I appreciate wanting to market and make money, I just wish they would market the skills they will learn to become good basketball players, not "what it takes to become Jimmer- and Jackson-type material".

  • Hondo Springville, UT
    May 19, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Emery was really good for the Cougs this last year. In some ways, he reminded of Matt Montague. Both could bomb it from way downtown, both were exceptional passers, and both could steal the ball from highly skilled ball handlers.

    The difference between the two is the unlike Matt, Jackson will have a lengthy career in the NBA. In fact, I would argue that some of his skills project better than Jimmer's.

    Ever wonder where Matt Montague is now.....He is still showing opponents who owns the court. I won't bore with the details of how it came about, but I was able to watch a game he played in and saw him drain 39 points from all over the floor, collect 18 rebounds (8 of which were offensive rebounds), and distribute 6 assists. The strangest part of the performance was that he has developed a sky hook that is pratically unstoppable and I don't remember him using that at BYU. He also was much more aggressive, offensively, than I remember.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 19, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    Jax primary talent, which translates into the NBA, is defense. He simply shuts down a team's best player (excluding bigs).

    There's always a place in the NBA for a defender, as very few NBA players are capable of one-on-one defense like Jax is.

    The fact Jax is also a good trey man can only help him in the NBA.

    Keep in mind that his trey percentage this year dropped because of injury issues. Bad enough to affect his shot. He's spot on and consistent when healthy.

    Jax is smart to go the European route his first year because of the looming lockout. He can prove himself there, then get into the NBA. Plenty have done it that way.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    May 19, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    Jackson is the definition of a team player. While "bigutefan" is completely over the top in his comments and quite ridiculous, there is some truth to his statements. Jackson sacrificed his own personal gain for the betterment of the team - there is no question about that. If Jimmer left after his junior season and Jackson was left to be the lead guard - he would have been much more productive on the offensive end of the court. He also covered for Jimmer tremendously on the defensive end. So in that regard, we will never know how good Jackson could have been playing a "balanced" offensive and defensive game. I personally believe Jackson was the MVP of last years team precisely because he was selfless and did what exactly what was needed to help his team win. I hope he gets a shot at a pro career - he's earned it.

  • UgottaloveMaxie SLC, UT
    May 19, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    Emery has 0 chance of ever playing in the NBA. He's smart to go overseas so he can get the whole "professional bball" thing out of his system before moving on to the real world. Best of luck to him, seems like a good kid. I ate lunch at Chipotle next to him and his wife a few weeks ago. They are a cute couple. He reminds me of Jimmy Neutron with his haircut.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    The observations (criticisms) from ute fans are pretty funny (sad/weak). Their distorted vision won't let them see excellence if comes from a BYU athlete. Jackson is the ultimate team player and will do well in Europe or the NBA. Professional scouts understand the part Jackson played on the team even though ute trolls don't.

  • Sloppyj30 Saint Louis, MO
    May 19, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    Jimmer wasn't Jackson's problem; his one-dimensional offensive game prevented him from being taken seriously as a potential draftee. He scored a huge percentage of his points in two ways . . transition layups and threes. As athletic as he appears to be, I always found it frustrating he didn't try to get to the cup more in the halfcourt offense. He has a lot of pluses as a player, but that was one puzzling weakness.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 19, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    I think Jaxon would be super dang good in the NBA. If he played with Stockton on the jazz they would have won a lot more.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    May 19, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    I guess what they say " Nnce guys finish last" would apply to Emery. The sacrafices he made to give the jimer more shots and make up for his defensive weaknesses has destroyed his basketball career.

    If the jimer had any moral decency he would give Emery half his salary.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    May 19, 2011 7:07 a.m.


    If you had ever actually watched BYU play this year, you would know that he had plenty of scoring opportunities and was the 2nd leading scorer on the team. Clearly however, you just wanted to get an anti-BYU and anti-Jimmer shot in without having a clue what you are talking about. Why don't you go find an article about the professional basketball plans of some Utes who left the program and comment on that. Oh wait, they all just left the program to transfer to other universities, not to play pro ball...oops!

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    May 19, 2011 6:59 a.m.

    I am with Old Gregg, Cougfanintx, and Whatsinitforme. Jackson is an excellent talent and will no doubt play well in Europe and I hope he gets his chance in the NBA! Go for it, Jackson!

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    May 19, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    Emery threw up and missed plenty of shots this year.

    Playing with Jimmer increased any potential pro career he had -

    Nice try though

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    May 19, 2011 6:31 a.m.

    Jackson really was the most unselfish player at BYU. He will make a living somewhere playing hoops. Has a nice touch from long range.

  • IndianaCoug Bloomington, IN
    May 19, 2011 5:49 a.m.

    RE: bigutefan

    You must not have watched many (or any) BYU games this year and/or looked at Jax's statistics. He didn't pass any more than was expected to (his assist numbers are o.k.). If you want to critique him for anything (while trying to put down The Jimmer) you might mention that Jax did usually guard 2-3 players at a time. His defense was amazing and will serve him well while playing over seas. I do agree that it is too bad that Emery won't be able to go straight to the NBA, since he is an NBA caliber player, but blaming The Jimmer is juvenile. Go Cougs!

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    May 19, 2011 5:42 a.m.

    Complete man on the court. Good luck to Jackson, he's got life figured out.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    May 19, 2011 5:23 a.m.

    bigutefan (all small letters) you are the one who should be depressed after the season your team had. How many have left the program in the past 2 years? He played his role and the team benefited from this. SO your theory is he should have been the ball hog and not Jimmer. You would do anything to increase the chances of BYU not winning. The coach saw what he had and used their talents.

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    May 19, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    This is the sad story. Seriously, always passing up shots and letting the ball hog have all the glory will now cost Emery cash. We will never know if the kid was good enough to be an NBA draft pick. Hey Emery, are you glad now that you wasted the whole season passing the ball off instead of proving yourself? You should be depressed!

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 18, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    Jax was integral to BYU's success this year. They wouldn't have won as many games without him.

    Hope he stays healthy so he can shoot as consistently as he once did.

    Would love to see him in the NBA some time. He's such a great defender, he'd have no trouble finding a team that would use him a lot. They just need to find him.

    Good luck, Jax!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    May 18, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    BYU couldn't have done it without him. Hopefully Jax professional career will be as spectacular as his college career.

  • Old Gregg Alpine, UT
    May 18, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    Glad to see Emery at least try to make it to the pro's. No shame in playing overseas. Hopefully things will work out for him. He does have a lot of talent and speed, and just needs a few breaks and he could make it in the NBA. Not saying he will make it in the NBA, but I think its cool that he's giving it a try and putting himself out there. Good luck Jackson!