Buccs sign sec­ond im­port

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Justin Fris

The S&K Elec­tri­cal Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers have com­pleted an­other ma­jor sign­ing in their bid for 2017 State Bas­ket­ball League cham­pi­onship glory.

Af­ter suc­cess­fully re-sign­ing Jack­son Hussey and New York­born and bred im­port Mau­rice Bar­row in re­cent weeks, the club has landed the ser­vices of ex­cit­ing for­ward Dwayne Ben­jamin, who will fill the re­main­ing im­port spot on the ros­ter.

Ben­jamin, who orig­i­nally hails from Lafayette, Louisiana, comes to the Buccs af­ter play­ing col­lege ball for Ore­gon Univer­sity prior to this sea­son.

The Ducks, who sit atop the Pac 12 stand­ings (18-2), are ranked ninth na­tion­ally and are renowned for their ex­cel­lent bas­ket­ball pro­gram.

Buc­ca­neers gen­eral man­ager Andrew Horstman said he was ex­cited about how Ben­jamin could con­trib­ute to head coach Ray Evans’ struc­ture. “Dwayne hails from the highly re­garded Ore­gon Univer­sity and is an ex­tremely mo­bile and ath­letic player,” he said.

“His ver­sa­til­ity en­ables him to play a num­ber of po­si­tions com­fort­ably and he is an ex­cel­lent of­fen­sive threat.

“Dwayne is an ag­gres­sive fin­isher and of­fen­sive re­bounder who loves to run the floor.

“Most pleas­ingly, though, is the fact that he also fits our main cri­te­ria of be­ing a will­ing de­fen­sive pres­ence and he will be join­ing the team within the next four weeks.”

The process of land­ing such a ma­jor sign­ing can­not be done alone. A mix­ture of Buccs coach­ing and front of­fice staff worked metic­u­lously watch­ing hours of film, pored over pages of scout­ing re­ports, spoke with col­lege-based coaches, and in­ter­viewed Ben­jamin him­self.

The end re­sult is an ex­cited Evans, who be­lieves Ben­jamin will be a real as­set on both sides of the ball.

“We had a good chat with him and are con­fi­dent he will be a real as­set to our type of game style,” he said.

“He’s pre­pared to move up and down the court and buy into our de­fen­sive sys­tem. He also has a bit of a back­ground in gridiron, where he played as a wide re­ceiver.”

Evans said the Buc­ca­neers would aid Ben­jamin’s tran­si­tion from the US to Ger­ald­ton and pro­vide a sup­port­ive team en­vi­ron­ment for him on and off the court.

Pic­ture: Scott Ol­mos-USA TO­DAY Sports

New S&K Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers re­cruit Dwayne Ben­jamin.

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