Buccaneers sign second import Joshua Keyes for 2024 season, while re-signing Liam Hunt

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Joshua Keyes in the Vietnam ProAm Basketball Championship final.
Camera IconJoshua Keyes in the Vietnam ProAm Basketball Championship final. Credit: Vietnam ProAm Basketball Champio

Reigning NBL1 West champion Geraldton Buccaneers have signed Joshua Keyes from America for the upcoming season and re-signed fan favourite Liam Hunt.

Keyes joins the Buccaneers as their second off-season import, following the signing of Josh Braun just a week prior.

Keyes comes with experience, playing college basketball for the division three school Muskingum, and just recently won the grand final MVP in the Vietnam ProAm Basketball Championship.

In a video of Keyes posted to the Buccs social media to announce his signing, the import said how excited he was to join the squad for the upcoming season.

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“What’s up Buccs fans, Joshua Keyes here. Wanted to say hello, really looking forward to being with you guys for the 2024 season,” Keyes said.

“I’m excited to meet my coaches, my teammates, the fans, just wanted to show my face and say hello, hope you guys are getting your year off starting great and I’ll see you soon, go Buccs.”

The signing of new imports comes with the departures of three Buccaneers stars from last season — Malik Meunier, Shaun Stewart and Isaac Gattorna.

Meanwhile on Tuesday the Buccaneers announced on social media that they have re-signed long-time player Hunt.

The Geraldton local has been a key piece of the side since 2018 and spent this off-season in Germany playing for the Baskets Vilsbiburg, helping them go on a playoff run.

“Really looking forward to getting home and seeing everyone again, it was such a great year last year with obviously winning the whole thing and going as far as we did in the national finals,” Hunt said in a video posted to the Buccs social media.

“Really excited to defend the title this year, and that’s our only goal, let’s go win this thing again.”

The Geraldton Buccaneers’ first game is set for April 6 against the Willetton Tigers.

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