Nick Emery withdraws from BYU

St. Mary's center Jordan Hunter (1) guards BYU guard Nick Emery (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(KUTV)- Brigham Young University basketball coach, Dave Rose, announced Friday that Nick Emery has withdrawn from the University, and will not play for the BYU men’s basketball team during the 2017-18 season.

"I have decided to withdraw from BYU today,” Emery said in a statement released from the school.

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!

“Nick’s personal well-being is my number one concern right now,” Rose said in response to Emery's statement.

“He’s going through a very difficult time, and we’ve had a lot of discussions about what he needs to do to be able to move forward. We both feel like the best thing for him is to take time off before continuing with his basketball career. As coaches and his teammates, we want what is best for Nick, and we know he has a great family that will help him navigate this difficult time. We look forward to welcoming him back at BYU soon.”

According to the press release, as a freshman at BYU in 2015-16, Emery averaged 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He set the Cougar freshman record for 3-point field goals with 97 and helped BYU reach the semifinals of the NIT. Following the season, Emery was named to the All-WCC Second Team and the All-WCC Freshman Team.

Last season Emery posted averages of 13.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He also had a team-high 55 steals and hit 75 3-pointers. Emery became the fourth BYU player to reach 1,000 career points as a sophomore.

BYU is in the process of working with the NCAA regarding issues related to Emery’s eligibility.

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