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BYU fans will get one more chance to see Jimmer Fredette and former backcourt running mate Jackson Emery on the Marriott Center hardwoods.
The organizers of "Jimmer's All-Stars Presented by Zions Bank" have announced that Emery will be joining the list of players confirmed to play in two exhibition games featuring Fredette and other NBA first round draft picks, September 21st in Salt Lake City and September 22nd in Provo.
Here's the official press release:
MCLEAN, VA/PROVO, UT — September 7, 2011 — Jimmer's All-Stars Presented by Zions Bank has today announced that Fredette's former backcourt mate, Jackson Emery, will make his only post-BYU game appearance later this month as part of the special two-game exhibition showcase. Emery chose not to pursue a career in professional basketball but will lace up his sneakers one last time in front of the Utah fans with Fredette, Kemba Walker, Nolan Smith, Kawhi Leonard and other top rookies on September 21st in Salt Lake City and September 22nd in Provo.
"Jackson's addition to these exhibition games will make this event all the more special for me and the BYU fans in the crowd," said Fredette. "Jackson was a great teammate and I'm really excited that his one and only on court performance following his great career at BYU will be during our event in front of the fans who have so passionately supported us over the years."
A four-year letterman at BYU, Emery concluded his career as the Mountain West Conference's (MWC) all-time leader in career steals. Ranked seventh in the nation in steals per game during his senior season, Jackson also earned MWC Defensive Player of the Year accolades. A three-time MWC All-Defensive team honoree, Jackson also was an offensive threat for BYU, scoring in double figures 26 times and adding four 20-point games in 2011.
About Jimmer's All-Stars Presented by Zions Bank and Ticket Information: Jimmer's All-Stars Presented by Zions Bank will be held on September 21st at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City and September 22nd at the Marriott Center in Provo with tip-off scheduled for both games at 7:00 PM MT. Tickets are on sale now at the respective venue's box offices, websites or by phone (Maverik Center- 3200 South Decker Lake Dr. West Valley City, Utah 84119; www.maverikcenter.com or 1-800-745-3000; Marriott Center-500 E. University Pkwy Provo, UT 84602; www.byutickets.com or 801-422-BYU1).
Jimmer's All-Stars Presented by Zions Bank is also supported by media partners KSL Radio and TV. KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM /1160 AM) will broadcast both games. In addition, BYUtv will televise the Provo game nationally on their network. The event's Twitter handle (@JimmersAllStars) will be a resource for continual updates and information.
After leaving BYU, Emery explored his professional playing opportunities, earning workouts with the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timbwerwolves before deciding to forgo his pro career and enter the private business field.
Jackson is also a new father; he and his wife Cherese recently welcomed the arrival of their first child, baby boy Treyton Jax.
Along with BYU hoops fans, I'm excited to see Emery and Fredette back together in competition. What remains to be decided is whether the two will be teammates or opponents in the exhibition games. A draft to be conducted in the week before the draft will determine that.
I spent some time with Fredette earlier today. He awaits resolution of the NBA lockout and his eventual Sacramento Kings debut while planning marriage to long-time girlfriend Whitney Wonnacott.
Fredette will be heading to Austin for Saturday's BYU Football game at Texas; I am sure the Cougars won't mind having that particular good luck charm with them on the sidelines.