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Geraldton Buccaneers sign 1.98m defensive standout Cameron Coleman from Southern Tigers in NBL1 Central

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The Geraldton Buccaneers have made their first move of the NBL1 West off season, signing small forward Cameron Coleman from the Southern Tigers in the NBL1 Central conference.

Buccs coach Dayle Joseph said Coleman was a versatile player with strong defensive credentials who should bring a new element to the side.

“We had good recommendations from players in the league who’d played with him and against him,” Joseph said.

“He was probably one of the better imports they’d played with.

“That’s a stand-out for us as far as credibility goes.

“He’s a pretty versatile sort of player who can play in multiple spots.

“The fact he can score and rebound is a bonus.”

Coleman was best defensive player and league most valuable player in the Central conference last season.

He averaged 17 points, two assists and six rebounds a game last season while shooting 47 percent of field goals.

The 1.98m small forward, from Allen, Texas, played for the York College Panthers for three seasons from 2014-2017 before flying to Australia to join the St George Saints in NSW’s Waratah League.

He was an All-American at college, averaging 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds during his three-year career.

The Buccs are looking to rebuild after their first year in the NBL1 was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of multiple senior players because of injuries or departures and cyclone Seroja.

Veterans Aaron Ralph, Mat Wundenberg and Liam Hunt — all championship ring winners from 2019, the last season of the State Basketball League — are long-term injury absences.

Many of the senior squad from that season have moved on.

A young group of players made an impact last season, indicating a promising future for the team, with veteran Mathiang Muo also a stand-out alongside some other new signings.

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