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Basketball player Demetrius Harris makes Chiefs’ practice squad

Jared Berggren, Demetrius Harris, Ryan Evans

Wisconsin’s Jared Bergrren (40) blocks a shot by Milwaukee’s Demetrius Harris during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Madison, Wis. At right is Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)


In May I noted that Demetrius Harris, a former college basketball player, was impressing the coaches at Chiefs camp and could be a candidate for their practice squad.

As it turns out, that’s what happened: The Chiefs announced today that Harris is on their eight-man practice squad.

Chiefs G.M. John Dorsey saw the 6-foot-7, 230-pound Harris play basketball at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and thought he had the perfect athletic makeup to be an NFL tight end, and so after Harris finished his college basketball season, the Chiefs signed Harris as an undrafted free agent. Harris didn’t play college football at all, so he has a lot of learning to do, but the Chiefs like his long-term potential.

Moving from college basketball to NFL tight end worked pretty well for Antonio Gates. The Chiefs would love to think they have a guy with that bright a future on their practice squad now.

Also on the Chiefs’ practice squad are safety Malcolm Bronson, offensive lineman Tommie Draheim, linebacker Darin Darkeford, receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., fullback Toben Opurum, offensive tackle Matt Reynolds and offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins.