A reliable defender who often played taller than his 188cm size, Parks had some raw traits that showed he has what it takes to make it to the next level. A member of Sydney’s Academy, Parks used the ball well by foot (74.4 per cent efficiency) and took six contested marks in his five games at NAB League level. Parks also averaged three rebounds per game, and while he is undersized, he stands up against bigger bodies and could play a third tall role at the elite level. Most impressively, most of his disposals were under pressure with more than half of his possessions won at the coal face. At the Rookie Me Draft Combine, Parks clocked up a sub-three second 20m sprint, while his endurance is a key area of improvement (20.4 on the yo-yo) as is his ground ball work, averaging just the 1.4 tackles per game. His work in the air is his strength and expect that to be what clubs will look at should he be given a chance.
STRENGTHS: Intercept work, speed, kicking, consistency, contested marking
IMPROVEMENTS: Ground balls, endurance
DRAFT CENTRAL’S INTERVIEW WITH LUKE PARKS AT THE 2019 ROOKIE ME DRAFT COMBINE:
NAB League Boys
Under 18s Championships