Pioneers captain commits to 2024 NBL1 season

November 15, 2023 BY

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The Castec Rural Pioneers are thrilled that 2023 captain and 2022 Golden Hands award winner Kane de Wit has re-signed for the 2024 NBL1 South Season. Twenty-six-year-old de Wit was a National Championship Player with the Castec Rural Pioneers in 2015 and 2017 before leaving Mount Gambier for two seasons.

In three seasons back with the Pioneers de Wit has become a vital member of the team and contributed significantly to the team’s success. In 2023 de Wit had a solid all-round season averaging 5.38 points per game, 3.38 assists and 3.96 rebounds.

Castec Rural Pioneers Head Coach Richard Hill said it was great to have Kane continue his basketball journey with the Pioneers.

“Kane is a hardworking, strong leader who is coming off a very good season as our defensive player of the year,” Hill said. “I’m looking for Kane to continue to improve. This is a great first signing for us.”

President Tom Kosch, noted that Kane committing to the club provides stability to head coach Richard Hill and the men’s roster for the 2024 NBL1 South season.

“Whilst it wasn’t the result that our club had hoped for, Kane led the Castec Rural Pioneers to a Preliminary Final in 2023 in his first year as captain,” Kosch said. “The de Wit family have been synonymous with basketball and our club over its history. It has been a pleasure to watch Kane commit and choose the sport and give back to the Pioneers just as his dad Ray and family have done so over the time.”