BYU Basketball: Why Nick Emery is just what the doctor ordered for the Cougars

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 05: Nick Emery
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 05: Nick Emery /
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(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

The Adjustment Period

Nick Emery brings a few things that are much-needed to this year’s BYU Basketball squad. In fact, if he’d been able to play all year there’s a good chance that the Cougars would have avoided at least a couple of their losses so far.

But more on that later.

First, fans should temper their expectations for at least the first few games. Remember, Emery hasn’t played in a real college basketball game in more than a year and a half. Practices are one thing. Game play is a whole different monster.

While Emery has been able to practice with the team, he’ll have to readjust to the pace, the adrenaline, and the pressure that comes with playing in a competitive situation.

Plus there’s the issue of rotations. With nine games under their belts, the Cougars have solidified their rotation for the most part. The starters are set:

  • Jashire Hardnett
  • TJ Haws
  • Zac Seljaas
  • Dalton Nixon
  • Yoeli Childs

And the primary backups have received fairly consistent playing time:

  • Connor Harding
  • McKay Cannon
  • Gavin Baxter
  • Luke Worthington
  • Rylen Bergersen

Emery’s return is going to upset that consistency. It will take time for the team to adjust to playing alongside him, as well as adjusting to their own modified roles.

However, with that being said, Emery will help this team immediately, and his effectiveness should only grow as these things smooth out.