As the equal-tallest player to be ever be on an AFL list, it goes without saying that few can meet Sam Alabakis’ vertical reach.
The former college basketballer was first identified by midfield coach Adam Skrobalak as a potential ruck prospect, before being signed to St Kilda as a Category B rookie ahead of Season 2019.
Alabakis developed his game for the Frankston Dolphins in the VFL, lining up for a handful of matches before injury saw him move to the sidelines.
Season 2020 has seen 'Big Sal' form part of St Kilda's forward line at reserves level, alongside his rucking duties.
The unlikley goalkicker jagged a runaway major in the Saints' come-from-behind win over Collingwood earlier in the year, with the big man's efforts in the dying minutes proving to be the match-winner.
The Malaysian-born Saint grew up in Dubai, but returned to his family's native Perth before moving to the University of Louisiana Monroe in the United States for three years.
Alabakis was selected by St Kilda as a Category B rookie at the end of 2018.
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