2016 AFL Draft prospects: Jake Waterman

Name: Jake Waterman
Position: Half forward
DOB: 06-05-1998
Height: 191cm
Weight: 82kg
Draft range: West Coast father/son, mid 20s to 30s

Pub summary
Strong lead up forward, with great hands. Son of former Eagles star, Chris Waterman.

Strengths:

  • Strong hands, both on the lead and in the air
  • Leadership capabilities
  • Footy smarts

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Weaknesses:

  • Goal kicking accuracy
  • Contested ball

Overall

Waterman is the son of former West Coast champion, Chris, who played 177 games between 1988 and 1998 and is likely to end up at the Eagles, after the club nominated Waterman as a father-son selection last month.

Jake’s brother, Alec, was delisted by West Coast last month, after failing to play a senior game in two seasons.

He is strong on the lead and has a good pair of hands. He is a medium sized forward, and is likely to play as a third tall in the AFL system, and could also play in the midfield as his career progresses if he develops an elite engine.

He captained Western Australia in the Under-18 championships this year and is also a good tackler and is very competitive and driven on the field.

Under-18 Championships statistics:

Games: 4
Average disposals: 14.2
Average contested possessions: 7.2
Total goals: 4
Average marks: 4.7
Average tackles: 1.7
Average clangers: 0.7
Average inside 50s: 1

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