Teen tyro to premiership prospect
Dylan Myers was a skinny 15-year-old when he first donned the Buccaneers’ blue and gold five years ago. Now his side are two wins away from breaking a 17-year SBL premiership drought. But they aren’t getting ahead of themselves.
S&K Electrical Geraldton Buccaneers guard Dylan Myers is relishing the opportunity to develop his basketball career at a family-oriented sporting organisation.
Originally from Southport on the Gold Coast, the 191cm rising star moved to Geraldton in 2006, where he started playing club basketball in the Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association.
“I actually started my career with Pumas and then Olympians,” he said. “(And then) when I was about 15 years old (five years) ago, the Buccs coaches asked me to train with them a lot more.”
Myers recalls those first few sessions with fondness — a skinny 15year-old matching it with seasoned imports during a rigorous SBL preseason.
Since his initiation, Myers has steadily progressed as a player, plying his trade with Chapman Valley over Summer in the Geraldton competition and with the Buccs at SBL level in winter.
This season has arguably been one of his toughest — aside from picking up nagging ankle and shoulder injuries, Myers recently returned to the court after battling measles last month.
“It was definitely a pain not to be there or to be able to go there to watch and support,” he said. “It hurt having to have a second week off and miss four games.
“It’s a big struggle to have — sitting there watching stats from a website or your Facebook page and not being able to be there.
“But coach (Ray Evans) said to me ‘This is still the regular season and we need you for the finals’.
“And then to come out as I did on Saturday (August 12, where he scored 14 points from 13 minutes on court) — that just shows how easy it was to get back into it.”
Since his return, Myers has barely skipped a beat and appears optimistic about his side’s chances in the post-season.
Along with his enjoyment at learning and bonding with teammates Jackson Hussey, Mat Wundenberg, Maurice Barrow and Dwayne Benjamin, Myers said he has benefited a lot from his time playing under coach Evans.
“Ray’s definitely one of the better Buccs coaches I’ve had,” he said. “He’s awesome to feed off — especially being an ex-Buccs player himself.
“He’s one of those people who has been able to come out of the SBL as a player and then a great coach. He knows how to talk to the boys and he obviously develops that family role within the Buccs group.
“He’s been an assistant and just been amazing; he knows what to do and has been in all of those clutch moments himself, so it is awesome to feed off that.”
Should the Buccs advance this weekend and subsequently win the grand final on September 2, they would break a 17-year premiership drought — winning their second grand final from seven appearances. Outside of his Buccs commitments, Myers is completing his apprenticeship as an electrician. In his downtime, he loves watching a good film. “I love to chill out and watch a bit of Netflix, or myself and teammate Matt Hancock will head out to the cinema and catch a newly released movie if there is a good one on,” he said.
Myers hopes to further his basketball in coming years, with a goal of taking it as far as possible. However, his love for the blue and gold remains top priority.
“Growing up as a young fella, it’s always been about the Buccs — especially within this great community,” he said.
“It’s a whole family and just to be a part of that is special . . . to be a Buccaneer is special. You’ve got to be proud to put on that singlet and be proud to call yourself a Buccaneer if you get there.
“I’m definitely proud to call myself a Buccaneer and be a part of the Buccaneer family.”