Emmett was a former All-American and was a member of the inaugural Texas Tech Ring of Honor class. Emmett played for legendary coaches James Dickey and Bob Knight at Texas Tech from 2001-2004. Emmett became the all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,256 points before going pro.
Emmett was picked by the Seattle SuperSonics with the No. 35 pick before he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2004 NBA Draft. He competed for two seasons with the Nets and the Grizzlies until playing overseas. Most recently he played in the Big3, a 3-on-3 pro basketball league.
Emmett was shot and killed on Sept. 23, 2019 at age 37. Two people have been arrested and charged in his killing.
Texas Tech Athletics honored Emmett during a home game in February against the University of Texas. Around that game, Texas Tech sold shirts through several retailers for the purpose of generating funds for the installation of a Lubbock Dream Court in Emmett’s name.
“Help build a Dream Court in memory of Texas Tech Athletics Hall of Famer Andre Emmett,” Tech Athletics wrote at the time. “All proceeds will benefit the installation of the basketball court in Lubbock in honor of Emmett.”
On Tuesday, the Lubbock City Council approved the location of the Andre Emmett Dream Court at Duran Park.
The city council unanimously approved a license agreement with Nancy Lieberman Charities for the right to place the basketball court at that location. Upon the council’s approval, the court will get built in 90 days.
“The City of Lubbock, through its Parks and Recreation Department, is partnering with Nancy Lieberman Charities, Texas Tech University, and The Culver Foundation, to promote the sport of basketball, community, and police and community relations, through the installation of the Andre Emmett Dream Court to be located in Duran Park,” the city wrote.
The agreement states that Nancy Lieberman Charities will provide the equipment and installation for the basketball court, and the city’s parks and recreation department will maintain it.
Nancy Lieberman is a Basketball Hall-of-Famer and two-time Olympian. The Nancy Lieberman Charities seeks to promote and develop healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for young girls and boys, according to its website.
The Lubbock Police Department previously partnered with Nancy Lieberman Charities and various donors in building the Lubbock Strong Dream Court.
The Lubbock Strong Dream Court is at Mae Simmons Park, located at 2400 Oak Ave.