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Jackson Emery spends FHE with brother Nick Emery at the gym

Former Brigham Young University basketball star Jackson Emery spent part of his Monday night at the gym with his younger brother Nick Emery, who recently returned from a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is preparing to play basketball at BYU in the fall.

Jackson posted a picture on Twitter Monday night of Nick dribbling two basketballs, with the caption, "FHE part 2. Every day get better."

In a Feb. 10 interview with BYU Sports Nation, Jackson Emery explained that he split his family home evening time Monday night between his wife and two children and his younger brother.

"The part one was obviously with my 3-year-old and my 18-month-old and wife, and part two was with my 20-year-old brother," Emery said. "We're making a huge effort right now to get in the gym every single night. … I've talked with him quite a bit, that at this level guys are quite a bit more physical, quicker, it's harder to get open, so every little advantage you can have will help you greatly."

Emery spends evenings at the gym with Nick, working from 30 minutes to an hour. While Jackson still feels some older brother dominance over his younger brother when it comes to one-on-one, Jackson expressed his excitement for the growth he has seen in his brother.

"Nick's going to be a terrific player," Jackson said. "He's got a great head. He's got great mentality. He learned a lot on his mission, very mature. So I'm really excited to see him develop in the next little bit."

Nick Emery served in the Germany Frankfurt Mission from May 2013 until August 2014 when a pre-existing medical condition forced him to return home. According to a family blog, Emery was suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome. After undergoing two surgeries, Emery returned to Germany on Oct. 3, according to a statement from the family given to BYU radio announcer Greg Wrubell.

However, after complications from the surgery became apparent, Emery returned home on Jan. 5 for medical treatment. Emery expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve in several posts on social media.

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