Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates didn’t seem to have the right size to play power forward in the NBA, so they decided to use their size and quick hands in another sport. Both Gates and Graham have become dominant tight ends in the NFL after being basketball players at the college level.
Demetrius Harris is a power forward for the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, but he just doesn’t have to the size to continue playing power forward. In his senior year he averaged 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting just 44% from the free throw line. Clearly, Harris doesn’t have an NBA future ahead of him.
Harris is looking to use his good hands and 6-5 frame to become a big time NFL tight end. He has the size at 240 pounds to go along with the athleticism of a man his size to do it.
Harris played high school football and was in fact an all-state player in the state of Arkansas. He decided to take the basketball route in college instead of football, but maybe his future lies on the other road.
His 4.52 second 40-yard dash, 36 and 1/2 inch vertical jump and his 10 foot 2 inch broad jump has Harris receiving attention from about a dozen NFL teams. Those three statistics also show just how much of an athlete Harris is even with his size.
It seems like Harris will get a shot in the NFL with at least one team, but will he become the next Jimmy Graham or Antonio Gates? We will just have to wait and find out for ourselves.