WA ruck prodigy Luke Jackson is firming as a top 10 selection in next month’s national draft after impressing recruiters with his stamina at the national combine in Melbourne this week.
The 199cm East Fremantle product and former Australian basketball representative posted impressive results in the endurance events.
He smashed his 2km time trial personal best by 19 seconds at the Holden Centre last week, crossing the line in 6min 21sec.
It followed up his efforts in Thursday’s yoyo test, in which he was easily the pick of the big men.
The raw exciting talent, who has been likened to Collingwood big man Brodie Grundy because of his follow-up work, said he wanted to show recruiters his versatility.
“I try to base my game on getting around the ground, so I was really happy to do so well in the yoyo and the 2km time trial,” Jackson said.
“I feel like it helps a lot and it shows that I’m open to playing any position as well, even going through the midfield in the future. I’d love that.”
Jackson has gone from strength to strength since choosing football over basketball last year.
He averaged 37 hit-outs, 13 disposals and four clearances at the national under18 carnival to finish runner-up in the Larke Medal to WA captain Deven Robertson and earn AllAustralian selection.
Fremantle has put plenty of time into Jackson, who has trained at the club’s Cockburn headquarters for two weeks across the year.