MORAGA -- The Saint Mary's College men's basketball program signed three prospects on Wednesday, including the latest in a long time of Australian players.
Dane Pineau, a 6-foot-9 forward from Melbourne, will arrive in Moraga next fall, along with forward Calvin Hermanson and guard Cullen Neal.
Coach Randy Bennett, who coached 2012 Aussie Olympians Patty Mills and current Gael Matthew Dellavedova, was happy to land Pineau, a member of Australia's under-19 national team.
"He's not a low post guy, he's an out on the floor type four man," Bennett said in a statement. "He's one of the best guys in his age group in Australia, and those guys are usually pretty good players."
Hermanson, a 6-6, small forward from Lake Oswego, Ore., is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, rated the No. 144 prospect overall. He was the 2012 Gatorade State Player of the Year for Oregon.
"He's a very good scorer without playing selfish. He can really score," Bennett said. "He'll be a good perimeter player for us that can put the ball in the basket. Super kid. Really good student. We were really excited about him, and he was equally excited about our program."
Neal, a 6-4 point guard from Albuquerque, N.M., is the son of former NBA and Georgia Tech standout Craig "Noodles" Neal.
"He's a big point guard. He's a great passer. He loves basketball. He has a high basketball IQ," Bennett said. "He's like the guards we've been playing with, and they're hard to find."
Bennett was excited about his recruiting class.
"They've all been at the top of their class where they've played thus far. They've been able to handle success well," Bennett said. "They've all been very high achievers academically, so there's just a lot of things they have going for them. Those kinds of guys do well in our program."