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BYU basketball’s Nick Emery withdraws from school, will not play in 2017-18

November 11, 2017 GMT

It’s been a turbulent career on the basketball court for BYU junior guard Nick Emery, but it has also been a turbulent year off the court.

Cougar Head Coach Dave Rose announced Friday that Emery has withdrawn from school and will not play for the BYU men’s basketball team during the 2017-18 season.

In a published statement from BYU, Emery explained that his decision was for personal reasons.

“I have decided to withdraw from BYU today,” Emery said in the statement. “Unfortunately, I am mentally not where I need to be in order to perform in basketball and in school this year. As it has been made known, I went through a divorce this year and it has been really difficult for me. I have confidence that I will come back stronger and better. I have every intention on coming back to BYU and representing Cougar Nation on the basketball floor. I thank everyone for their love and support, especially my teammates, coaches and the BYU administration that have been an incredible support system. Go, Cougs!”

Emery’s relationship with a BYU booster and friend is currently being investigated by the NCAA for possible improper benefits.

Emery has averaged 14.7 points, 2.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game during his career as a Cougar.

He did play briefly in BYU’s exhibition game against Westminster and charity game at New Mexico, scoring two points and grabbing one rebound while fouling four times and turning the ball over twice.

Rose said earlier this week that Emery wouldn’t be able to play in the season-opener and thus also wouldn’t play in the final exhibition game against Colorado College. He said the junior’s situation was dependent on the NCAA investigation.

BYU will now rely more on guards TJ Haws, Jahshire Hardnett and Elijah Bryant to fill the role Emery was anticipated to have on the team.