Essendon has secured fearless key forward Noah Gown from Gippsland Power with pick 60 in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft.

A talented sportsman, the 18-year-old turned down the opportunity to head to the US on a basketball scholarship to pursue his AFL dream.

Gown's standout season in the TAC Cup saw him finish third in the league's goalkicking with 31 majors from 18 games, earning the Power's best and fairest.

His strengths also include contested marking and a knack of reading the drop of the ball, while he's never short on desire to chase and tackle.

GM of List and Recruitment Adrian Dodoro said Gown's "huge upside" was an attraction.

"He didn’t do a pre-season and has a basketball background, so I think with Noah, it (selection) was the fact that he really developed as the year went on," Dodoro said.

"He’s a really competitive player. Getting another tall forward with the capacity to go back was pretty enticing for us."

Noah Gown in action for Gippsland Power. (Photo: AFL Media)

Noah Gown's bio:

Age: 18

Height: 194cm

Weight: 91kg

Position: Forward

Recruited from: Gippsland Power

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