Nick Emery withdraws from BYU, will not play this season

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 04: Nick Emery #4 of the Brigham Young Cougars drives against Shamar Johnson #24 of the Loyola Marymount Lions during a quarterfinal game of the West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament at the Orleans Arena on March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – BYU will not have to worry about a suspension to starting point guard Nick Emery.

That’s because Emery has decided to withdraw from school and will not play at all this season for the Cougars.

Emery was under investigation by the NCAA for allegedly accepting improper benefits from a BYU booster.

“I have decided to withdraw from BYU today,” Emery said in a 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!”

Head coach Dave Rose, who held Emery out of BYU’s two exhibition games, left the door open for Emery to one day return to BYU.

“Nick’s personal well-being is my number one concern right now,” Rose said in a 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.”

Emery was highly recruited coming out of Lone Peak High School, when he led the Knights to a national championship.

As a freshman, 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.

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.

But last month it was revealed that Emery was being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly accepting improper benefits from a booster, including the use of a car and concert tickets.

BYU tips off the season Saturday against Mississippi Valley State.

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