Fischer McAsey will get his first taste of life as an AFL footballer when he commences at West Lakes next week, but it won’t be the first time he has experienced an elite sporting environment.

Before football stole his heart, the 18-year-old was an impressive junior basketballer - playing under none other than Australian basketball legend Andrew Gaze.

“Yeah I played under Gazey for four years - it was a great experience,” McAsey told AFC Media.

“Being in that high level environment with a high level coach - those basketball skills have translated over to footy.”

McAsey was Adelaide’s first selection in the 2019 National Draft, taken with pick No.6 on Wednesday night at Marvel Stadium.

The talented key position prospect will be eased into his move to Adelaide, set to room with fellow defender Tom Doedee.

“I think he called up the Club about me staying with him - he gave me a text as well.

“That’ll be a great opportunity - he seems like a great person so I really can’t wait for that

“Not only to be around him but to learn off him as well as another key defender.

Doedee isn’t the only Crow he’s heard from since he was drafted.

“There’s a lot of them, not just players - staff and coaches too - so I’m still getting through replying to all of them,” McAsey said.

“It’s great to have the support of everyone at the Club.”

McAsey has also become well acquainted with his new coach Matthew Nicks over the past 24 hours.

“Nicksy welcomed me very well - he spoke about what the Club’s like and their values,” McAsey said.

“He seems really open - he was saying ‘come into my office whenever you want, ask any questions as you can’

“I really like that style and that kind of culture would filter down so I’m really looking forward to that.”