It may be tough to argue who had the biggest impact on BYU's 2005 basketball recruiting class — new coach Dave Rose or departed Steve Cleveland.

Neverthless, the players signed by the Cougars should be able to help BYU this coming season. Months ago, when the Cougars were struggling in the Mountain West Conference, Cleveland said Mr. Utah Basketball, Jackson Emery of Lone Peak, and shooting guard Lee Cummard could step in and make a contribution that very day.

Now it appears a pair of JC players could also contribute right away.

While Emery is signed and Rose made it official on Tuesday, Cummard was already on board and will be in Utah next month. Rose closed the deal on two junior college players to go with Emery and this week is the first time he could publicly comment on the signees. The junior college players are Western Nebraska point guard Rashaun Broadus and Arizona Western forward Fernando Malaman.

All three players will be on BYU's roster this fall.

Emery, a 6-foot-3 guard from Alpine 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."

The two JC recruits played in programs that were ranked No. 1 at twice this past season.

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.

Rose said his first priority once hired was to finish recruiting and solidify commitments of Emergy and Cummard and then get Broadus and Malaman to commit. He then wanted to shore up current players and help them finish their school work.

"Now, I will look at our staff and see who we will hire. I know what I want, now it's a matter of narrowing it down to who."