Cougars Sign Two Additional JC Players

PROVO -- BYU men's basketball coach Steve Cleveland today announced he has received national letters of intent from Kevin Woodberry, a point guard from Dixie State College, and Luiz Lemes, a combo guard from Eastern Oklahoma State College.

The two highly regarded transfers join Rafael Araujo, a 6-foot-11, 260-pound center at Arizona Western College as the second and third junior college players to sign with BYU this year. Araujo committed to the Cougars during the early signing period in November.

"Kevin and Luiz are both complete players who will help us on both ends of the court," Cleveland said. "I am very pleased with their decision to join our program and feel both can play an important role in helping our team challenge for the Mountain West Conference title and return to the NCAA tournament."

Woodberry is a 6-foot, 170-pound point guard who helped Dixie State College (St. George, Utah) to a 34-3 record and the 2002 NJCAA National Championship. A second-team All-Scenic West Athletic Conference selection, Woodberry led the Rebels in assists (3.6), steals (2.0), three-point field goals (73) and free throw percentage (.815). He shot 41.2 percent from the floor, including 41 percent on threes, while averaging 11.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest.

The Phoenix native will be a junior at BYU in 2002-03. He played his freshman season at the University of Portland and then sat out the following year before completing his sophomore campaign at Dixie.

Lemes is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard who earned first-team NJCAA All-Region 2 honors last season at Eastern Oklahoma State College. Lemes shot 46.9 percent from the floor, 40 percent on threes, 76 percent from the free throw line and was the team's second-leading scorer at 15.1 points per game. He led the team in steals (2.2) and was second in assists (3.6) while adding 2.9 rebounds per contest.

During his two seasons at Eastern Oklahoma State College (Wilburton, Okla.), Lemes led the Mountaineers to back-to-back Region 2 Tournament runner-up finishes with records of 23-8 and 25-7. He averaged nine points playing primarily the point as a freshman before being moved to the wing exclusively as a sophomore because of his great shooting ability. He made 66 threes (2.1 per game) this past season. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who played on the Brazilian national team, Lemes will be a junior at BYU in 2002-03 with three years to play two.

Woodberry and Lemes will strengthen BYU's perimeter, while Araujo should be a significant addition in the post. Considered one of the top-10 junior college players in the country, Araujo is a strong athlete with great leaping ability who runs the floor well and has range on the perimeter. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Araujo will enter BYU as a junior.

According to Cleveland, BYU could still sign additional players before the completion of the signing period on May 15.