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Austin Bradtke could be AFL-bound. Picture: AFL Photos - AFL,Draft
Austin Bradtke could be AFL-bound. Picture: AFL Photos

THE SON of an Australian basketball legend and Grand Slam tennis champion is set to join AFL ranks later this year.

Seventeen-year-old Austin Bradtke, the son of Mark and Nicole Bradtke, will decide by the end of May which club he will join as a Category B rookie.

It is understood at least half a dozen Victorian-based clubs are keen to recruit the former basketballer who has recently met with Geelong and Collingwood among other clubs.

Standing 205cm, Bradtke has resisted the temptation to play football since quitting in his junior days with East Sandringham to focus on basketball.

He last year won the under-18 National Championship with Vic Metro and has played for Melbourne Tigers.

Tipping the scales at 88kg, Bradtke turns 18 in May and is seen as a project player with standout agility.

Having not been registered to play football in the past three years, Bradtke is eligible to be recruited outside the draft, following the path of sport-hoppers Hugh Greenwood, Alex Keath and Mark Blicavs.

Despite the basketball exploits of his father, a three-time NBL champion and former NBA player, and mother, a dual grand slam mixed doubles champion, Bradtke is set on the AFL path.

Attending Haileybury College, Bradtke last year saw seven classmates drafted to the AFL, including three in the first round – Angus Brayshaw, Luke Davies-Uniacke and Aiden Bonar.

Former junior teammates and close friends, Max and Ben King, also exceed the two-metre mark and are expected to be drafted in the top-10 in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft.