The Cobra Men have bolstered their front court for the 2018 SEABL season, signing forward Dane Pineau.
A graduate of Saint Mary’s College, Pineau is a highly skilled big man able to score inside and out, and will give the Cobras a big shot-blocking presence on the interior. Over his final two seasons with Saint Mary’s, Pineau averaged 9.0 points – on 64.4% shooting from the field – and 7.1 rebounds per game, and established himself as a solid rim protector by averaging 1.3 blocks per contest. His impressive collegiate career saw him land an NBL contract with the Andrew Gaze-coached Sydney Kings, where Pineau will complete the current season before moving down south to join the Cobras.
Dane Pineau will follow in the footsteps of his father, Brad, who played with Kilsyth during the 1980’s and was the leading scorer and rebounder on the Cobras 1985 SEABL championship winning team. Cobras Head Coach Justin Schueller sang high praise for Dane, and is hopeful that the younger Pineau can have a similar impact to his father in the Cobras red and black for the season ahead.
“Dane is one of the best up and coming four-men around and will have a big impact for us at both ends of the floor,” Schueller said.
“He will give Chris (Patton) some added support on the boards and his versatility will make him a perimeter and inside threat at the offensive end.”
Pineau will assume the role of starting power forward from the now-retired Auryn Macmillan, and with both players possessing similar skill sets, Schueller believes Pineau will seamlessly slot into the Cobras front court.
“Dane fills the void that Auryn left us and allows us to continue to play the way that we want,” Schueller said.
“He’s a quality guy and his character and work ethic is synonymous with our club, and I can’t wait to see the season he has here.”
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