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West Coast Conference reprimands BYU’s Nick Emery

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Less than 24 hours after BYU guard Nick Emery was ejected from the Cougars’ 83-75 loss to rival Utah for striking Brandon Taylor underneath the basket, the West Coast Conference issued a public reprimand.

With Emery’s ejection, which was for a flagrant 2 “fighting” foul, comes a mandatory one-game suspension meaning that he will miss the Cougars’ game against Weber State this weekend. The WCC did not announce any further punishment for Emery, which means that he will only miss the one game.

Emery apologized to Taylor, the Utah program and both fan bases for his actions in the press release.

“I apologize to Brandon Taylor for the incident that happened in the game last night,” Emery said. “He’s a great competitor and I got caught up in the intensity of the game and let my emotions get the best of me. I also want to apologize to Coach Krystkowiak, his team, the fans of both schools, and my teammates and coaches.

“I regret what happened and will definitely learn from this experience. I’ll continue to play with passion to help our team but will do better in representing myself, the team and BYU.”

With Emery out of the rotation BYU will have a spot in its starting lineup to fill, with sophomore guard Jake Toolson being the most likely option. Toolson scored six points Wednesday night, shooting 3-for-5 from the field in 24 minutes of action.

VIDEO: BYU’s Nick Emery ejected after striking Utah’s Brandon Taylor

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Rivalry games can get a bit heated at times, with the dislike amping up the intensity between the two teams. But what occurred during the second half of Utah’s 83-75 win over in-state rival BYU went beyond that, as can be seen in the video clip above.

BYU guard Nick Emery would be ejected from the game after he hit Utah’s Brandon Taylor underneath the BYU basket. Following the game BYU head coach Dave Rose said that Emery told him that he was hit with a forearm by Taylor before retaliating.

With that Rose asked the officials to review the entire sequence, and after doing so they ruled that Taylor had done nothing wrong. Now the question is if Emery will miss more time, and just how long will he be sidelined for if the powers that be decide to suspend him. The Cougars return to action Friday when they host another in-state foe in Weber State.

Video credit: ESPN


Three-star power forward commits to BYU

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6-foot-7 power forward Yoeli Childs improved his stock throughout the summer playing with the Utah Prospects program, with some high-major programs getting involved in his recruitment as a result. When Childs revealed his list of five in early August the stated goal was to wrap things up by the early signing period in mid-November, and he’s done just that.

Childs will remain in his home state of Utah for college, as Utah Prospects head coach Tim Davis announced Saturday evening that the Bingham HS (South Jordan, Utah) senior has verbally committed to BYU. Childs is officially visiting BYU this weekend, with this trip coming one week after he visited another program that really wanted him in Boise State.

Also considered by Childs were Auburn (which was supposed to host him September 25), Princeton and Vanderbilt.

In 2016-17 Childs will join a front court that will add some key options who are due back from LDS missions. Eric Mika, who played his freshman season before going on his mission, returns and Payton Dastrup will join the program as well. Forwards Jakob Hartsock and Braiden Shaw, who completed their respective missions this spring, will both be freshmen in 2015-16.

Childs, a first team all-state selection as a junior, averaged 9.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas in late July. He gives BYU an active front court player who rebounds the ball well on both ends of the floor, and in Las Vegas he also displayed a good face-up game offensively.

Five-star 2016 combo guard cuts list to four

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2016 guard Frank Jackson entered the summer as one of the top prospects in the entire class, and he more than backed up that status playing with the Utah Prospects grassroots program in July. Wednesday night it was reported by the Salt Lake Tribune that the five-star guard has trimmed his list down to four schools.

The schools that made the cut are BYU, Duke, Stanford and Utah, and the 6-foot-4 Jackson has an official visit to Duke scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

The Lone Peak HS senior can play either on or off the basketball, and his offensive versatility would be an asset to any of the four teams remaining on his list. Duke is relatively young on the perimeter, with junior Matt Jones being the lone upperclassman and sophomore Grayson Allen and freshmen Derryck Thornton Jr., Luke Kennard and Brandon Ingram completing the group.

Duke has also received a verbal commitment from five-star wing Jayson Tatum, and the addition of Jackson would solidify their backcourt for the 2016-17 campaign.

As for BYU, the Cougars add Nick Emery to their rotation this season after he spent the last two years on his LDS mission and T.J. Haws will be returning from his mission next spring. But they do have to account for the eventual loss of both Kyle Collinsworth and Chase Fischer, who will be seniors in 2015-16.

Like BYU, Utah will have some personnel losses to account for on the perimeter in the 2016 recruiting class, with Brandon Taylor and Dakarai Tucker (Jordan Loveridge too if you want to include him in this group) all entering their senior season. Stanford enters the 2015-16 season with just one scholarship senior in its perimeter rotation (Christian Sanders), and they’ll retain the likes of Robert Cartwright, Marcus Allen and Dorian Pickens beyond the 2015-16 campaign.

Regardless of what the personnel situation may be at each of the four schools left on his list, Jackson is the kind of difference-maker who would earn significant playing time immediately upon his arrival.

Three-star power forward trims list to five
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After attending the NBPA Top 100 Camp in late June and playing on a Utah Prospects team that included five-star guard Frank Jackson, 6-foot-7 power forward Yoeli Childs has been on the receiving end of increased attention recruiting-wise in recent weeks. Saturday it was revealed that Childs has trimmed his list to five schools, with two SEC programs making the cut.

Auburn and Vanderbilt, two programs that will have some key front court personnel losses to address after the 2015-16 season, remain under consideration for Childs as do Boise State, BYU and Princeton. While Childs, who attends Bingham HS in South Jordan, Utah, has yet to take an official visit he has unofficially visited both Boise State and BYU.

According to, Childs hopes to wrap up his recruitment in time for the early signing period in mid-November.

From a personnel standpoint Auburn will lose three front court players at the end of the 2015-16 season in Cinmeon Bowers, Jordon Granger and Tyler Harris (grad student by way of Providence). The Tigers have just three scholarship front court players who will have eligibility beyond the upcoming season in sophomore Trayvon Reed and freshmen Horace Spencer and Danjel Purifoy (who’s more of a wing than an interior player).

As for Boise State, the Broncos don’t have a scholarship senior in their front court but they do have two juniors in Nick Duncan and James Webb III. Accounting for those eventual departures is a key for head coach Leon Rice and his staff. BYU is in a similar situation as Boise State, however the Cougars will welcome back multiple front court players from their respective LDS missions in 2016-17 including Eric Mika and Payton Dastrup.

Princeton has just one senior in its front court heading into 2015-16 in Hans Brase, but he’s an important player for the Tigers whose departure will need to be accounted for. And while Vanderbilt has just one scholarship senior in the front court in center Josh Harrison, both Damian Jones and Luke Kornet will be juniors.

BYU lands third 2016 commitment in 6-foot-6 guard/forward

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One day after it was reported that last season’s CAA Rookie of the Year was transferring to the school, BYU landed its third commitment in the Class of 2016.

6-foot-6 guard/forward Connor Harding verbally committed to Dave Rose’s program, with the Utah Prospects grassroots program announcing the news on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. Harding, who played alongside of the top players in the class in Frank Jackson with the Prospects, joins Steven Beo and Gavin Baxter as players who have committed to BYU.

However Harding will not be joining the Cougars immediately, as the Pocatello, Idaho native will take his two-year LDS mission prior to enrolling. Harding joins Baxter as members of BYU’s 2016 recruiting class who will take their mission beforehand, meaning that they won’t actually join the program until 2018. At the time of his commitment to BYU in the spring, Beo told that he had no plans of going on a mission before enrolling at BYU.

As a junior at Highland HS in Pocatello, Harding averaged 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and helped lead his team to the Class 5A state title game. Harding has the skill to play either wing position, and in 2018 he’ll join a roster that in all likelihood will include the likes of guards Nick Emery and T.J. Haws and forwards Eric Mika (who played as a freshman in 2013-14 before going on his LDS mission) and Payton Dastrup.