Sydney Kings sign star power forward Dane Pineau

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The Sydney Kings have bolstered their attack ahead of the 2017-18 NBL season by signing promising local power forward Dane Pineau.

Pineau, 22, comes to the Kings following a four year stint at St Mary's College in California -- the same program that nurtured Australian NBA stars Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills.

The 206cm, 102kg star finished up as St Mary's all-time leader in field goal percentage (62 percent), helping his team reach the second round of March's NCAA tournament.

Kings managing director Jeff Van Groningen -- who recently travelled to Las Vegas to watch Pineau in action during the WCC tournament -- said he was thrilled to sign such a talented prospect which the club had been tracking for a long time.

"We've had our eye on Dane for some time and we are pleased that we've been able to bring this quality young person to our program," Van Groningen said. "He's a big man with considerable potential who played his role very well during his time at St Mary's.

"For rookies, work ethic and bringing a winning approach to practice every day are important attributes, and we feel that he'll bring those things."

For a big man, Pineau is clever around the basket and should be a great addition to the Kings.

Pineau, who was also a member of Australia's Under-19 World Championship team, will become the second in his family to play in Australia's top flight after father Brad spent three years in the NBL between 1989-1991 playing for Devonport Warriors and Melbourne Tigers.

Sydney's preseason training starts in late July.