Three years to the day on from the 2017 AFL Draft, North Media takes a look back at the selection of Luke Davies-Uniacke.
In Round 23 of the 2017 season, North Melbourne faced the Brisbane Lions in what was a battle for the wooden spoon, and the number one pick.
The Roos ran out 51-point winners at The Gabba to avoid their first wooden spoon of the AFL era, and rose to 15th in the process, handing them the fourth pick at the draft.
Along with Cam Rayner, Luke Davies-Uniacke had been touted as a potential number one pick due to his brilliance in the TAC Cup for the Dandenong Stingrays.
Arguably the most complete midfielder in his draft year, many were surprised when ‘LDU’ made it through the first three picks.
After Rayner, Andrew Brayshaw and Paddy Dow were selected ahead of him, there was no hesitation from North, which jumped at the chance to select Davies-Uniacke with pick four.
The number nine has shown plenty of promise in first three seasons at North Melbourne, despite injuries restricting him to 30 games so far.
A groin issue kept him on the sidelines until Round 8 of 2020, but in the second-half of the season, he showed the vast potential he possesses.
A display full of highlights against Brisbane in Round 12 had North fans understandably excited, and his Round 16 performance against Port Adelaide was arguably the best of his career to date, as he collected a game-high 16 contested possessions.
Davies-Uniacke shapes to be a key figure in North’s future as it builds around a group of talented youngsters.