TRIPLE Brisbane premiership player Luke Power has added to the buzz about West Adelaide excitement machine Izak Rankine by describing him as “probably the most talented player that I’ve seen come through the pathway for a long time’’.

As Norwood’s Jacob Kennerley boosted his draft hopes on Friday by breaking the AFL Draft Combine 2km time trial record, Power raved about dual All-Australian under-18 player Rankine’s ability.

“I’ve seen a few players come through to AFL clubs over the years and you don’t want to pump kids up too much but he (Rankine) has the mindset to be able to deal with whatever pressure comes his way,’’ said Power, who is the AFL Academy head coach and was an inaugural co-captain of GWS in 2012 when it compiled the country’s best young talent.

“He has elite speed and is probably the most talented player that I’ve seen come through the pathway for a long time.

“He’s played SANFL since he was 16, has two full years of league footy behind him and has got even more development left in him.’’

South Australia’s five-goal star in its AFL under-18 championship-deciding match against Vic Metro in July, Rankine was a standout in the power events at this week’s combine in Melbourne.

The electrifying small forward/midfielder won the agility test (8.039 seconds) and finished fourth in the 20m sprint (2.93 secs) and standing vertical jump (70cm).

The only dual All-Australian under-18 player in the draft pool, Rankine wasn’t so good in the endurance testing but should be a top five, and possibly top three, selection at next month’s national draft.

This article originally appeared at: https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/afl/bloods-excitement-machine-izak-rankine-earns-high-praise-at-afl-draft-combine

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