BYU head coach Dave Rose announced the signing of three recruits who will join the Cougar program for the 2005-06 season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose Announces Recruiting Class
PROVO -- BYU men's basketball coach Dave Rose today announced that three recruits -- Utah's 4A MVP Jackson Emery and junior college transfers Rashaun Broadus and Fernando Malaman -- have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cougars for the 2005-06 season.
Emery, a 6-foot-3 guard from Alpine, Utah, and Lone Peak High School, is the 2005 Mr. Basketball award (Deseret Morning News) recipient considered the top high school player in Utah. Broadus, a 6-foot point guard from Waianae, Hawaii, is a redshirt sophomore and the leading scorer and three-point shooter at Western Nebraska Community College. Malaman (pronounced mah-la-mahn), a native of Limeira, Brazil, is a 6-foot-9 sophomore all-region power forward out of Arizona Western College.
"I feel really good about this recruiting class and the quality of the student-athletes who will be joining our program," Rose said. "These players not only have outstanding basketball abilities but also have been part of some very good, winning programs. They will help us and give us depth in some key areas."
Emery averaged 20.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists in leading Lone Peak to the Class 4A state championship in 2005, scoring 24.8 points per game during the state tournament to earn MVP honors. In the title game against Box Elder, Emery finished with 27 points on 7-of-11 shooting, 4-of-6 from three-point range, 9-of-10 free throws, eight rebounds, six assists, five steals and one block. He knocked down a 40-foot shot at the first-period buzzer, and followed that with another clutch three-pointer just before the halftime horn.
Known for his competitiveness and clutch play, Emery is a quick player with outstanding leaping ability and a strong defender. He finished his senior season with 86 steals, nearly four a game, and 40 blocks. A good shooter from long range, he also has the athleticism and creativity to convert inside when going to the basket.
"Jackson had an incredible senior season at Lone Peak," Rose said. "He is a proven winner with a lot of toughness and will bring a great competitive spirit to our team. There is a lot of versatility in his game. He has the ability to make plays and make players around him better."
Broadus led Western Nebraska (Scottsbluff, Neb.) with 14.6 points per game this season, leading the Cougars to a 28-5 record, including three weeks atop the NJCAA poll and a No. 14 final regular-season ranking. He added 4.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. He shot 48 percent from the floor, including 40 percent from behind the three-point line, making a team-high 57 treys on the season.
A good ballhandler who can create offensively with his quickness, Broadus achieved season highs of 31 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 2005 and was named to the NJCAA Region IX All-Tournament Team. As a freshman in 2003, he helped WNCC win the Region IX title before redshirting the 2004 season. Broadus hails from Hawaii, where he was a first-team all-state selection his senior year in 2002 at Mililani High School. Broadus will come to Provo as a junior with two years of eligibility remaining.
"I like Shaun's athletic ability and his toughness," Rose said. "He is strong and quick and will give us a good defensive presence. He has the ability to run a team and make plays for himself and for his teammates."
A power forward with shooting range on the perimeter, Malaman helped Arizona Western achieve 52 victories during his two-year stay in Yuma, Ariz. This season the Matadors earned the No. 1 ranking in the final regular-season poll and advanced to the NJCAA Tournament before finishing 31-3, the school's best record in more than 30 years. Malaman was a second-team NJCAA Region I and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference pick while helping the Matadors win the ACCAC and Region I titles.
Malaman averaged 9.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 2004-05 on a team that featured two NJCAA All-Americans. A good athlete who runs the floor well, he was an ACCAC honorable mention selection as a freshman. Malaman comes to BYU as a junior with three seasons to play two.
"Fernando is athletic, long and very skilled for a big man," Rose said. "He runs the floor well, has a great perimeter shot and is a good passer. He has an excellent feel for the game and is a very unselfish player."
Malaman becomes the third junior college transfer from Brazil to sign with the Cougars in recent years. Former Cougar All-American center Rafael Araujo also signed with BYU out of Arizona Western. Araujo was the 2004 NBA lottery pick of the Toronto Raptors after playing at BYU from 2002-04. Guard Luiz Lemes also played for the Cougars from 2002-04 after a two-year stint at Eastern Oklahoma State College.
Emery, Broadus and Malaman will join 2004 Arizona Player of the Year Lee Cummard, a 6-foot-6 guard from Mesa, Ariz., as newcomers on the Cougar roster this fall. Cummard signed with BYU in 2003 but did not play in 2004-05 to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Cougars also signed James Anderson, a 6-foot-10 center out of Page High School in Page, Ariz., during the November signing period. Anderson has chosen to immediately serve a two-year LDS Church mission before enrolling at BYU.
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Player Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Cl. Hometown (Previous School)
Rashaun Broadus 6-0 195 G Jr. Waianae, Hawaii (Western Nebraska CC)
Jackson Emery 6-3 175 G Fr. Alpine, Utah (Lone Peak HS)
Fernando Malaman 6-9 215 F Jr. Limeira, Brazil (Arizona Western College)