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PROVO - Senior Jackson Emery is currently nine steals away from surpassing Danny Ainge as BYU all-time steals leader. Coach Dave Rose explains how Emery is effective as a defensive presence as he examines two recent plays.
In the first play, BYU is set up in an out-of-bounds zone, with the ball entering down in the post. Charles Abouo moves down low to help protect the basket, with Emery free to read the pass.
"Jackson's responsibility," Rose said, "is to take the first pass out of the post, whether it comes out to the guard on the strong side, or whether it comes out at the high post."
Emery anticipates where the ball is going and is able to come down with the steal, ending the play with a lay-up on the other end.
"Jackson can cover so much ground and get to shooters and anticipate the steal," Rose said.
Working in a man-to-man coverage in transition, Emery positions himself so that he's protecting the basket before Collingsworth gets back. Once Collingsworth is back, Emery becomes free to defend the shot.
Emery quickly recognizes a lazy pass from the opponent and intercepts the pass, getting another lay-up on the other end.
"He can really read what's going to happen," Rose said. "He understands his responsibilities to help our team and understands what the other player are trying to do."