BYU’s Nick Emery has played his final college basketball game.
The guard announced his retirement from the sport on Instagram Tuesday. He played three seasons for the Cougars and had one year of eligibility remaining.
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The day has come that I hang up the #4 Emery jersey. Basketball has taught me more about life than I could have ever imagined. Playing for a university like BYU and playing with some of the best guys has been an incredible blessing. My time here has been a rocky at times, but the good times definitely outweighed the bad. I’ve learned so many life lessons and this journey has been so rewarding. I am at a point in life where I am happy with what I’ve accomplished with basketball and I’m ready to start the next chapter of my life with my wife and son. So I want to say thank you to my coaches, teammates and administration for all the memories and love. And a huge thank you to all of the fans who stuck with me through the good times and the bad times and cheered me on even in my darkest hours. I am a changed man from your unwavering support and love and I am forever grateful. Because of you guys, I was able to accomplish dreams I never thought would happen. Thank you BYU for the amazing opportunity to represent your school. I have been forever blessed!
“I am at a point in life where I am happy with what I’ve accomplished with basketball and I’m ready to start the next chapter of my life with my wife and son,” he said in the post.
The news brings an abrupt end to Emery’s controversial career. He showed flashes of being the next Jimmer Fredette as a freshman in 2015-16, averaging 16.3 points and shooting 38% from three. He broke out for 37 points and 10 threes in a February 2016 win at San Francisco.
But he fell into a sophomore slump and saw his production slip to 13.1 points per game in 2016-17.
However, things really started to unravel following that season. Emery filed for divorce in May 2017 and became the subject of an NCAA investigation ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Emery was accused of accepting improper benefits from BYU booster Brandon Tyndall, including the use of a Volkswagen Jetta and trips to Universal Studios Hollywood and a U2 concert in Toronto.
BYU was forced to vacate 47 wins because of the violations. The Cougars were also put on probation until November 2020 and lost one men’s basketball scholarship.
After sitting out the entire 2017-18 season, Emery was reinstated to the team last summer. He sat out the first nine games of the season and struggled when he returned to the court. Emery averaged just 6.1 points in 23 games last season.