NCAA Basketball

Saint Mary’s Pipeline to Australia Continues with 2013 PF Dane Pineau

Saint Mary‘s head coach Randy Bennett continues to attract Australian talent to the university.

Two notable stars, current San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills and current St. Mary’s point Matthew Dellavedova, did big things for the Australian national team at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Mills led all scorers on a per game average at the Games while Dellavedova led the Australian national team in assists.

The pipeline to Australia continues to remain strong for Bennett and recently St. Mary’s was able to secure the verbal commitment of 2013 forward Dane Pineau.

Pineau, who stands at 6-foot-9, is a native of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and currently attends the Melbourne Grammar School. He committed to the Gaels on Aug. 22.

According to a report for the, Pineau’s father played collegiality at Hawaii and professionally for the Melbourne Tigers. The 6-foot-9 forward is also familiar with the United States, having lived in New York from 1999 to 2002.

Pineau visited the St. Mary’s campus in December of last year and appears more than excited about the opportunity to play with the Gaels beginning in 2013.

“I’m really excited to come play for the Gaels. I went over for a visit in late December and the people over there were just great,” Pineau told “There were a couple others I was considering. The thing was, I always wanted to come to Saint Mary’s.”

Pineau is a member of the Australian U-19 national team.

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