Glad to see Emery at least try to make it to the pro's. No shame in playing
overseas. Hopefully things will work out for him. He does have a lot of talent
and speed, and just needs a few breaks and he could make it in the NBA. Not
saying he will make it in the NBA, but I think its cool that he's giving it a
try and putting himself out there. Good luck Jackson!
BYU couldn't have done it without him. Hopefully Jax professional career will
be as spectacular as his college career.
Jax was integral to BYU's success this year. They wouldn't have won as many
games without him.Hope he stays healthy so he can shoot as
consistently as he once did.Would love to see him in the NBA some
time. He's such a great defender, he'd have no trouble finding a team that would
use him a lot. They just need to find him.Good luck, Jax!
This is the sad story. Seriously, always passing up shots and letting the ball
hog have all the glory will now cost Emery cash. We will never know if the kid
was good enough to be an NBA draft pick. Hey Emery, are you glad now that you
wasted the whole season passing the ball off instead of proving yourself? You
should be depressed!
bigutefan (all small letters) you are the one who should be depressed after the
season your team had. How many have left the program in the past 2 years? He
played his role and the team benefited from this. SO your theory is he should
have been the ball hog and not Jimmer. You would do anything to increase the
chances of BYU not winning. The coach saw what he had and used their talents.
Complete man on the court. Good luck to Jackson, he's got life figured out.
RE: bigutefanYou must not have watched many (or any) BYU games this
year and/or looked at Jax's statistics. He didn't pass any more than was
expected to (his assist numbers are o.k.). If you want to critique him for
anything (while trying to put down The Jimmer) you might mention that Jax did
usually guard 2-3 players at a time. His defense was amazing and will serve him
well while playing over seas. I do agree that it is too bad that Emery won't be
able to go straight to the NBA, since he is an NBA caliber player, but blaming
The Jimmer is juvenile. Go Cougs!
Jackson really was the most unselfish player at BYU. He will make a living
somewhere playing hoops. Has a nice touch from long range.
Emery threw up and missed plenty of shots this year.Playing with
Jimmer increased any potential pro career he had -Nice try though
I am with Old Gregg, Cougfanintx, and Whatsinitforme. Jackson is an excellent
talent and will no doubt play well in Europe and I hope he gets his chance in
the NBA! Go for it, Jackson!
@bigutefanIf you had ever actually watched BYU play this year, you
would know that he had plenty of scoring opportunities and was the 2nd leading
scorer on the team. Clearly however, you just wanted to get an anti-BYU and
anti-Jimmer shot in without having a clue what you are talking about. Why don't
you go find an article about the professional basketball plans of some Utes who
left the program and comment on that. Oh wait, they all just left the program
to transfer to other universities, not to play pro ball...oops!
I guess what they say " Nnce guys finish last" would apply to Emery.
The sacrafices he made to give the jimer more shots and make up for his
defensive weaknesses has destroyed his basketball career.If the
jimer had any moral decency he would give Emery half his salary.
I think Jaxon would be super dang good in the NBA. If he played with Stockton on
the jazz they would have won a lot more.
Jimmer wasn't Jackson's problem; his one-dimensional offensive game prevented
him from being taken seriously as a potential draftee. He scored a huge
percentage of his points in two ways . . transition layups and threes. As
athletic as he appears to be, I always found it frustrating he didn't try to get
to the cup more in the halfcourt offense. He has a lot of pluses as a player,
but that was one puzzling weakness.
The observations (criticisms) from ute fans are pretty funny (sad/weak). Their
distorted vision won't let them see excellence if comes from a BYU athlete.
Jackson is the ultimate team player and will do well in Europe or the NBA.
Professional scouts understand the part Jackson played on the team even though
ute trolls don't.
Emery has 0 chance of ever playing in the NBA. He's smart to go overseas so he
can get the whole "professional bball" thing out of his system before
moving on to the real world. Best of luck to him, seems like a good kid. I ate
lunch at Chipotle next to him and his wife a few weeks ago. They are a cute
couple. He reminds me of Jimmy Neutron with his haircut.
Jackson is the definition of a team player. While "bigutefan" is
completely over the top in his comments and quite ridiculous, there is some
truth to his statements. Jackson sacrificed his own personal gain for the
betterment of the team - there is no question about that. If Jimmer left after
his junior season and Jackson was left to be the lead guard - he would have been
much more productive on the offensive end of the court. He also covered for
Jimmer tremendously on the defensive end. So in that regard, we will never know
how good Jackson could have been playing a "balanced" offensive and
defensive game. I personally believe Jackson was the MVP of last years team
precisely because he was selfless and did what exactly what was needed to help
his team win. I hope he gets a shot at a pro career - he's earned it.
Jax primary talent, which translates into the NBA, is defense. He simply shuts
down a team's best player (excluding bigs).There's always a place in
the NBA for a defender, as very few NBA players are capable of one-on-one
defense like Jax is.The fact Jax is also a good trey man can only
help him in the NBA.Keep in mind that his trey percentage this year
dropped because of injury issues. Bad enough to affect his shot. He's spot on
and consistent when healthy.Jax is smart to go the European route
his first year because of the looming lockout. He can prove himself there, then
get into the NBA. Plenty have done it that way.
Emery was really good for the Cougs this last year. In some ways, he reminded
of Matt Montague. Both could bomb it from way downtown, both were exceptional
passers, and both could steal the ball from highly skilled ball handlers.The difference between the two is the unlike Matt, Jackson will have a
lengthy career in the NBA. In fact, I would argue that some of his skills
project better than Jimmer's.Ever wonder where Matt Montague is
now.....He is still showing opponents who owns the court. I won't bore with the
details of how it came about, but I was able to watch a game he played in and
saw him drain 39 points from all over the floor, collect 18 rebounds (8 of which
were offensive rebounds), and distribute 6 assists. The strangest part of the
performance was that he has developed a sky hook that is pratically unstoppable
and I don't remember him using that at BYU. He also was much more aggressive,
offensively, than I remember.
As a Ute fan I appreciate the unselfish role Jackson played. No question he was
unselfish and made the team better. I hope he gets a chance to fulfill his
dream. I always struggle with these articles, whether they be Ute, BYU, or
other college or pro players, because the players always promote themselves.
The example in this article is,"to come see us before we take off and do
our own professional thing. We're going to make sure the campers that come
understand what it takes to be Jimmer- and Jackson-type material." I
appreciate wanting to market and make money, I just wish they would market the
skills they will learn to become good basketball players, not "what it
takes to become Jimmer- and Jackson-type material".
bigutefan | 1:03 a.m. May 19, 2011 Las Vegas, NV Hey Emery,
are you glad now that you wasted the whole season passing the ball off instead
of proving yourself? You should be depressed! ===Big Ute
fan?Nice wasted season on the hill.U depressed?
Ernest T. Bass | 8:03 a.m. May 19, 2011 Bountiful, UT I think Jaxon
would be super dang good in the NBA. If he played with Stockton on the jazz they
would have won a lot more. ===Not enough zing on that one
Ernie.It seems your pressing...Just relax, and bring it
Good Luck Jackson.. make the big bucks overseas and have a good life !
He will have a very good and long career overseas!!!!! Good Luck Jax!!!!!
Thanks for those great years between you and Jimmer. Good luck and hope that
Jimmer will call you to play on his NBA team (soon)!
Jackson would make a decent European player. No NBA - sorry Jackson.
There should be a rule, basketball players can't marry short spouses.
Best of luck to Jackson, I think he will do well playing at the next level. He
was a very good all around player and will be remembered as the all-time steals
leader at byu.
Oregon Ute is right on...the self promotion is really over the top here and
rather unbecoming. I agree that focusing on solid basketball skills would be a
more appealing marketing strategy.
I still have Jimmer and Jackson burned into my memory - from the day BYU fans
filled the Huntsman Center and Jimmer dropped 47 on my team. The highlight of
Jimmer's half court shot at the end of the 1st half just won't quit haunting me.
I'm looking for an article on 2010-11 Ute BB players' prospects in the pros to
comment on. I'm not having any luck. Anybody help me out? HedgeHog? Chris
jackson can definitely play in the NBA, he is super fast and has all the
athletics to play this year. sad to see him move on to bigger and better. good
luck mr emery. congrats on your baby boy, hope he's born on the 14th in sep.
Thank you Jackson, for helping us have an awesome year!