Nick Emery dominated competition in the state of Utah as a freshman and a sophomore. Behind Emery's stellar play, Lone Peak High School won the 2011 Utah 5A state championship. The sophomore standout was named the Utah's 5A Player of the Year. Emery also earned 2nd team Sophomore All-America honors by Maxpreps.com.
Though his 2010-11 campaign garnered the attention from national media, Emery has been known by recruiters for much longer.
"I got my first letter in 8th grade actually. That was from UCLA."
Heading into his junior season, Emery is poised to become one of the most highly recruited players in the history of the state of Utah.
"I've got 3 (offers) right now: Oklahoma State, Utah and BYU."
Emery is receiving interest from some of the nation's top basketball programs. Washington State, Arizona State, UCLA, Kansas, Washington and North Carolina have all shown interest in the sharp shooting guard.
"I talk to BYU coaches kind of a lot, because my brother (Jackson Emery) played there. They offered me after my freshman year. First offer was BYU, right after my freshman year."
Utah was on the 5A MVP early, and the interest continues to grow.
"Coach Krystkowiak actually (offered) me about 3 weeks ago."
"Coach Boylen offered me last year too…I don't know if it went away or something, but Coach Krystkowiak [also] offered me."
Some media outlets claim that the 6'2 guard is a BYU lean. Emery insists that the claims are based on assumptions, not on fact.
"Just because my brother played there. It's definitely an option. I've known BYU all my life because my brother and all that. Everybody thinks I'm going to go there, but every school is the same to me right now."
"It's kind of funny. My mom's side of the family are all Rices. So they are all Utah fans. I've been kind of growing up by Utah too. So it's Utah and BYU. I'm just a purple, it's both schools right now."
Still, the comparisons between Nick and Jackson exist.
"We are different. He's more of a big shooter. We both have that competitiveness in us. We love fighting. We love winning, that's the thing. We've got a lot of similarities, and we've got a lot of differences too. I like driving and finishing at the basket. I'm a little better ball handler. But he just shoots lights out, and he's a better defender."
While Jackson was more of a true wing, Nick (6'2, 180) is being recruited as a combo guard.
Runnin' Ute head coach Larry Krystkowiak believes Nick would be a perfect fit in his new program as a scoring combo guard.
"He's just been telling me they want to build the program. That I have an offer there, and they're glad to meet me, and they are happy to meet me in person. I'm probably going to go up there and meet them before school starts is my guess. He just says that he's happy with the way I'm playing, and thinks I'd fit perfectly into their program."
The new coaching staff at Utah has made a favorable impression on Emery.
"They are actually really personable. They want to know what's going on in my life. They are really good guys. They are really cool. They're easy to talk to. I think they're going to turn the program around."
What would it take for Emery to choose Utah?
"If they can get the program turned around. Start getting some winning seasons. They are in the Pac 12 so that will help them a lot! I'm going to see what guys each team gets, cause I've played with guys like Loveridge, Jabari Parker from Illinois, I've played against some of the top guys. I'm going to see where everyone goes and see what fits my game the best."
"I just need to see what coach Krystkowiak can do with it."
"Utah is in the mix right now."
Utes in Mix for Emery
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