Pineau pens new Phoenix NBL deal

Much-improved centre Dane Pineau will spend the next three NBL seasons with South East Melbourne after inking a contract extension.

Dane Pineau's breakout NBL season has earned the energetic centre a new multi-year contract extension with South East Melbourne.

The 25-year-old emerged from former Sydney Kings teammate Anderw Bogut's shadow after moving to the Phoenix last season and finished second in voting behind Will Magnay as the league's most improved player.

Pineau took the Phoenix's starting centre position ahead of former NBA big man Keith Benson, averaging 8.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in an outstanding campaign for the new franchise.

He has signed a two-year extension to tie him to South East Melbourne for the next three seasons.

"I loved my first year so much that I just wanted to stay as long as I could, so as soon as they offered me a chance to extend my contract I jumped at it," Pineau said.

"I love all the boys and the coaches have really looked after me and have a lot of faith in me, so hopefully over the next three years I can prove them right and keep working hard and get a lot better.

"It's exciting to be part of a new club where everything is brand new.

"Hopefully in four years' time we'll really establish ourselves in the competition and if I get to be a part of that it'd be amazing."

Meanwhile, the Hawks have signed rookie guard Isaac White out of the US college system.

White spent the last three years with Stanford University and is renowned for his long-range shooting.

The 22-year-old South Australian had transferred to California Baptist University for his final college season but has instead opted to return home.

Melbourne United have signed Mason Peatling on a three-year deal that will see the 203cm forward spend one year as a development player before transferring to the full roster.