Emery Works Out for Utah Jazz

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SALT LAKE CITY -- BYU’s all-time steals leader Jackson Emery participated a pre-draft workout with the Utah Jazz today. Michael Stockton from Westminster, Brady Morningstar from Kansas and Mustapha Farrakhan from Virginia also participated in the workout.

Emery’s thoughts following the workout are listed below.

On the possibilities playing in Europe and the NBA

“I know Europe’s probably the route I’m going to take this year with no (NBA) summer league. It’s going to be tough. There’s a lot of uncertainty. Obviously I’m going to take every route possible to try to get into the NBA but if not, overseas is a good market and there are good leagues over there. You’ve just got to do your best and things will happen.”

The Jazz workout compared to a BYU practice

“It’s pretty intense. They like to get up and down and we like to get up and down. It’s a little hard to tell because there are four guys but as far as competitiveness they have the same mentality as Coach Rose. It’s great to come in here and have that same mentality.”

Feedback he’s received

“First of all my balling handling. Being a 6-3 shooting guard you’re a little undersized so they like you to be a mixture of a point and a shooting guard so I need to improve my balling handling. I’ve worked extremely hard at that the past month. Obviously becoming a better shooter. The range extends back so it’s farther back so I’ve got to improve my shooting range and be more consistent.”

On his defense

“That’s what I’m known for is my defense. Obviously I can shoot the ball but defense is what puts me on the radar. I think teams like to look at me to see what I’m capable of doing and how I guard.”

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