Basketballer aspiring to achieve AFL dream

Alex Zaia - Mon, 4th Jun 2018 - 0 Comments

Talented basketballer Geremy McKay has spoken about how he harbours serious ambitions of being recruited by an AFL club.

McKay represented the Under 20s Australian basketball team and has played high level division one basketball at universities in Texas and Xavier.

Having last played football for Melbourne private school De La Salle in year nine, McKay has gained inspiration after seeing the likes of Corey Maynard and Joel Smith secure AFL contracts via the Category B route.

“A couple of my friends have gone Category B and they’ve had great experiences and they’re doing quite well – Maynard and Smith down at Melbourne,” he told Future Stars.

“I’m 200cm, 103kg and I’m quite athletic, I did a running vertical jump and recorded 87cms.

“I’m a competitor and I’ve always loved footy. It’s always been in the back of my mind that what if because a lot of my friends got drafted.

“I chose the basketball path and they chose the footy path and it’s always been what if?

“Now the stars have aligned: my university degree is almost wrapped up and everything has come along in the right path.

“I definitely feel like I’m an AFL level athlete.”

The football aspirant revealed he has already spoken to three AFL clubs and that he sees himself as a defender who can play as a second ruckman.

“Hopefully I’ll be training with Sandringham in the VFL in the next week, I’ve been down to Essendon, Collingwood and St Kilda,” McKay said.

“I’m going back down this week so they could get me in to have a chat and see if I can move and basically check if I don’t have two left feet.

“They’ve made me go in again for secondary level of testing so that starts this week.

“I see myself as full-back or centre half back and I definitely have the ability to be a pinch hitter in the ruck and give the ruckman a spell when needed.”

“I definitely feel like I’m an AFL player.”