Alexander adds to a list that already includes Maddy Presparkis and Georgia Gee from Carlton, Bonnie Toogood from the Bulldogs, Stephanie Cain from Fremantle, and their current VFLW co-captain Georgia Nanscawen.
Essendon's general manager of football Josh Mahoney believes Alexander's sporting journey will significantly support the Bombers' young list.
“Sophie is another great addition to our AFLW side. Since swapping over from basketball, she has worked hard to develop her game, which reflects her strong work ethic and determination to improve,” Mahoney said.
“She will be a great asset and will contribute to our club standards on and off the field.”
Alexander played 11 games in 2022, averaging 5.6 disposals and kicking six goals for the year.
Hailing from the Northern Territory, the 20-year-old is an intense basketballer and tenacious midfielder.
Carbone finished the VFLW season with 180 disposals at 18 per game, along with 80.6 fantasy points, and hit the scoreboard kicking eight goals.
"Dom boasts a high workrate and is a high-endurance player that creates a lot of scoring opportunities for her teammates," AFLW List Manager Mitchell Cashion said on hawthornfc.com.au.
Carbone is the Hawks' fourth signing heading into their inaugural AFLW season, following Bridget Deed, Zoe Barbakos and Sophie Locke.