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BYU star Nick Emery withdraws from school

BYU head coach Dave Rose announced on Friday night that Nick Emery has withdrawn from school and will not be playing for the Cougars this semester.

“I have decided to withdraw from BYU today,” Emery said. “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 of Emery, who averaged 13.1 points last season. “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, 23, had been under investigation by BYU and the NCAA for accepting impermissible benefits from a BYU booster.