Andre Emmett was the best player to wear a Texas Tech uniform that I had the privilege to watch at the USA. He holds the record for most points scored in Texas Tech history at 2,256. It was uncanny how he could swing the baseline from side-to-side as a wing and get points by driving to the basket. Even when everyone on the floor knew he was going to get the ball.
Emmett was selected in the 2004 NBA Draft in the 2nd round by the Seattle Supersonics. But, his professional NBA career was short lived as he had trouble adjusting to the bigger-bodied wing players in his 6'5'' frame. He had to move to a shooting guard role. After that, he bounced around from different NBA franchises and developmental leagues until he finally took his game overseas.
He has done great things on the court overseas. In 2010...
Andre Emmett scored 71 points for Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) team Shandong at the weekend, setting a new individual scoring record for the league.
The former Texas Tech standout came off the bench to shoot 28-of-34 from inside the paint, land three of 11 three-point attempts and sink all six of his free throws.
His record haul beat the previous best of 70 scored by Sun Jun for the Jilin Northeast Tigers in 2000, while the 129-113 win over the Jiangsu Dragons helped keep alive Shandong's hopes of a CBA playoff spot.
Over the course of the years after Emmett left Texas Tech he has been back-and-forth from overseas to being picked up by NBA teams and placed in the D-league. Right now, he finds himself on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana). He signed with the team this last November when he was selected in the 2nd round of the D-league draft.
Apprently Andre is doing really well. According to RealGM.com, he was Named D-League Player Of The Week...
Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ forward Andre Emmett has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 12 – Sunday, Jan. 18.
Emmett (6-5, 224, Texas Tech) led Fort Wayne to a 2-0 record last week and averaged 28.5 points on .550 shooting (22-of-40), to go along with 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.5 assists and 1.0 block. On Jan. 13, he compiled 33 points, five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals to lead the Mad Ants to a 153-131 victory over the Reno Bighorns. Fort Wayne, the defending D-League Champions, has won seven consecutive games and stand atop the Central Division with a 15-10 record.
For the season, Emmett is averaging 20.2 points on .525 shooting, to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 25 games.
It looks like Emmett can still ball, and that is awesome! Hopefully there's a chance that a team in the NBA Playoffs hunt can sign him to their roster later this year. It might be a long shot, but know that it's a probable scenario if a team is running low on their deep-rotation depth chart due to injuries. It would be incredible to watch him get another chance to play in the NBA. Never give up on your dreams Andre... all of your Red Raider fans are behind you to give support. Wreck 'em Tech!