Basketballer making footy mark

Reece Maxwell.
Reece Maxwell.

The 23-year-old has been pushing the limits of his adaptability as a sportsman.

Known for his on-court versatility in the State Basketball League, Maxwell has taken that skill and applied it to football, a game that’s played little part in his basketball-focussed life until now.

In an unlikely turn of events, the former national representative has spent the last few months gunning for an AFL rookie contract as a top 50 contender in new reality show The Recruit.

Produced by Eddie McGuire-owned McGuire Media, the program offers one contestant the chance to sign with an AFL club after a rigorous testing program led by Hall of Famer Michael Voss.

Maxwell’s involvement came about after a stint playing football at the Australian University Games last year.

He spotted an advertisement for the series while with the team on the Gold Coast and thought ‘How good is that!?’

‘I played (football) as a junior, but I played my last game when I was 14, then switched and started playing basketball,’ he said,

‘I always wanted to play footy, but they’re two pretty big commitments, so could never play SBL and footy at the same time.’

He described The Recruit experience as ‘unreal’, particularly given the involvement of renowned hard man Voss, who ensured the budding footballers were put through hell.

‘I had a ball’