Nick Emery To BYU Prospect: ‘Playing For Those Coaches Would Be An Absolute Disaster’

Sep 6, 2019, 11:23 PM | Updated: Sep 7, 2019, 11:42 am
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Nick Emery #4 of the Brigham Young Cougars looks on from the bench against the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on December 2, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah – Former BYU Basketball guard Nick Emery responded to a tweet regarding a Cougar basketball prospect and said, “playing for those coaches (at BYU) would be an absolute disaster.”

Emery’s message was directed towards Wasatch Academy and BYU basketball recruiting prospect, Mady Sissoko.

The academy’s tweet from earlier in the day announced Sissoko was considering BYU, Kansas, Michigan State and Memphis, and that his decision would be announced Tuesday.

Emery sent out a tweet at 10:40 p.m. Friday responding to the post that has since been deleted, saying, “Honest tweet – you would be playing with some of the greatest dudes and have great teammates at BYU.. but playing for those coaches would be an absolute disaster. They are not what they portray and are super sketchy and dishonest! Good luck with the decision bro.”

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Emery, a former Cougar guard, recently retired from the BYU basketball program.

It was announced earlier this week that the NCAA denied an appeal made by BYU to reverse a decision to vacate 47 Cougar wins due to a scandal involving Emery. NCAA sanctions were announced last November and BYU immediately appealed the decision. The appeal process was exhausted by BYU before the denial earlier this week.


BYU Basketball hired head coach Mark Pope and his staff of Chris Burgess, Cody Fueger, and Nick Robinson earlier this year. Emery never played for Pope or his staff.

Emery played three seasons for the Cougars. He had one year of eligibility remaining heading into this season but Emery decided to retire from basketball this past July.

Emery’s older brother Jackson, who also played for the Cougars, tweeted Friday evening regarding Nick’s tweet.

Sissoko, a highly touted recruit, announced via the Wasatch Academy Basketball Twitter profile earlier on Friday that he had narrowed down the list of schools he was deciding between in his recruitment. He listed the Cougars as one of his final options. In addition to BYU, Sissoko listed Kansas, Michigan State, and Memphis.

Recently, Sissoko was on an official visit to BYU when he was injured during a planned activity. Wasatch Academy published a statement on August 1 regarding the incident.

“We can confirm that Mady Sissoko was injured during an official recruiting visit at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, and he was injured in an activity planned and sponsored by the University when he was with other members of the BYU basketball team and coaching staff.

At this time we do not have any comment or can provide any information regarding diagnosis, prognosis, recovery time, or his return to basketball activities or any future effects from the injury. Regardless, his medical attention is being monitored daily and the Wasatch Academy community will be assisting Mady as he recovers from his injury, achieves his academic goals, and eventually returns to his passionate pursuits as an elite level basketball player.”

The Wasatch Academy product and top-100 recruit is currently a 4-star prospect according to 247Sports. He is a 6’9″ center that weighs 230 lbs. Sissoko is a native of Mali, West Africa.

Sissoko announced that he would make his final decision on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. via the Wasatch Academy Basketball Instagram account.

BYU Basketball announced their non-conference schedule on Friday morning. The Cougars begin the regular season on Tuesday, November 5 against Cal State Fullerton.

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