Nick Emery bringing experience, confidence, defensive mindset to BYU

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  • Jello is Good ,
    Feb. 11, 2019 11:23 a.m.

    I am not a fan of Emery for his selfishness and lack of integrity off the court. I would have cut him. But he is here, so I will evaluate his play. The last three games were the first time he has looked himself the way he played as a freshman.

    What I was most impressed with was, in the heat of the moment taking a purposeful elbow to the chest, he disengaged and walked away. He’s learning.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Feb. 11, 2019 8:47 a.m.

    Give it a rest 'Y Ask Y' - nobody is saying that Emery is the GOAT.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 7:34 a.m.

    "He is good enough to lay the smack down on the u. How sad does that make you."

    I don't care. I graduated from the Y, not UofU.

    Get relevant.

  • CG Provo, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 5:06 p.m.

    Y ask U

    BYU didn’t even need Emery to trounce U.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Feb. 9, 2019 3:36 p.m.

    "He has been overrated from day 1, and continues to be overrated. The article declares his defensive skills, but his defensive stats are poor!"

    Really Y?? Please provide all these terrible defensive stats that we know are well recorded. Give a comparison to the team and WCC leaders.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 1:39 p.m.

    "he is contributing nicely at both ends."

    His CAREER stats -- not just this year
    -- for both offense and defense are nowhere near what they should be for the 1, 2, or 3 positions.

    He has been overrated from day 1, and continues to be overrated. The article declares his defensive skills, but his defensive stats are poor!

    Please, people, show the proof. Show the numbers!

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 12:59 p.m.

    Cougars must be desperate to bring back this guy. Funny how they spin it that he actually plays defense and is helping the team after he cost them several seasons with fewer scholarships. Other than his ability to get in Kryskovifaks head up at the U, what is his purpose?

  • Road Runner Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 11:48 a.m.

    Y Ask U - 5 assists and 8 points?

    “That's on the low side of what a good D1 point guard should produce!”

    Utah doesn’t have a single player who averages over 3.8 assists per game, and that player averages 31 min.

    Emery had 8 pts, 5 ast, 4 reb and a steal in only 24 min.

  • Bluefan AMERICAN CANYON, CA
    Feb. 9, 2019 11:46 a.m.

    It's nice to see BYU trending upward as the season progresses. That has to do, in part, with the play of Emery and Baxter. You have to give Rose and his staff credit as well for the progress in recent games. I'm happy for Nick. He is a talented and skilled player that can really help this team going forward. It would have been easy for Nick to go to another program for a fresh start. Sticking around BYU where there are always going to be a few individuals that will never cheer for his success takes some courage. Good luck to you Nick. You've got plenty of fans behind you.

  • Max-was-right Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 11:44 a.m.

    Y Ask Y - Provo, UT
    Feb. 8, 2019 9:12 p.m.
    5 assists and 8 points?

    That's on the low side of what a good D1 point guard should produce!

    With all the hype about this guy (he is ALWAYS in the DN!), he should be producing more than 12 PTS/game
    and 8 Assist/game.

    Emery is overrated

    He is good enough to lay the smack down on the u. How sad does that make you?

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Feb. 9, 2019 10:26 a.m.

    He also brought sanctions and embarrassment to the program. They won't go to another NCAA tournament while he is in uniform.

  • Physio Canada, 00
    Feb. 9, 2019 9:47 a.m.

    It’s great to have Nick back! I love his energy and watching him play!
    Always been one of my favourites :)

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 9, 2019 9:32 a.m.

    @Y ask Y

    "Emery is overrated."

    Yeah but he can give rides to all his teammates. It's hard to put a price on that.

  • AggieGradCougarDad SPRINGBORO, OH
    Feb. 9, 2019 8:51 a.m.

    I have to disagree with Y ask Y. Given the time away and all the personal issues, I would have to say Nick is ahead of what you might expect in his situation. He was superb 2 years ago both defensively and offensively and we are seeing glimpses of the return to that form. BYU needs his defense probably more than offense at this point, but he is contributing nicely at both ends. The most impressive thing to me is his mindset of not rushing things. It would have been easy for him to press and try to return to 2 years ago form, which would have been a detriment to him and the team. He steadily improves and he (and Baxter) will be peaking just at the right time. It will still likely just get BYU into the NIT, but that is not bad is today's NCAA B-ball environment with so many good teams and a large number to teams that get into the NCAA tourney year in and year out. None of the Utah teams fit the 2nd category, so all are always fighting with the other "good" teams for the few slots not taken by thoroughbreds and automatic low tier conference bids.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Feb. 9, 2019 8:17 a.m.

    Emery is contributing to his team in more ways then just offensive stats. He's been through absolute misery in his life and has to deal with an uncommon physical ailment. For anyone to call him overrated is just plain cruel. He's an awesome example of perseverance and sportsmanship and done it all with criticism being in the limelight.

    Look beyond just stats people. He went from suspension, to back up, to starter. I highly admire this man.

  • jebrink46 spokane, WA
    Feb. 9, 2019 5:26 a.m.

    First, Emery is not a point guard. Haws, Cannon and Hardnett are the usual ball-handlers.
    Second, Emery is being lauded for his defensive prowess. The effect his defense has on the output of the people he is guarding has to be taken into account. Third, when assessing statistics, it is helpful to note what the results are relative to minutes played, not on a game basis. Another telling stat is a player's +/- rating - how well does the team do when he is on the court. This takes into account the ways in which a player affects the overall play of the team. When you have all of the above variables clear in mind, you can then have some inkling of whether or not a player is doing well or not. OR, you can trust the experience of
    a coach of Dave Rose's stature and decide that if Rose says Emery is playing well then he probably is.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Feb. 8, 2019 9:12 p.m.

    5 assists and 8 points?

    That's on the low side of what a good D1 point guard should produce!

    With all the hype about this guy (he is ALWAYS in the DN!), he should be producing more than 12 PTS/game
    and 8 Assist/game.

    Emery is overrated.