Harris getting his NFL shot with the Chiefs

Update: Harris signs with Kansas City Chiefs. (Read more at NBC Sports)

Harris’s UWM basketball coach Rob Jeter offered his congratulations in a tweet.

Basketball standout attracting lots of attention

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men’s basketball standout Demetrius Harris will be watching the NFL Draft closely this weekend.

The former high school football star has caught the attention of league scouts and could find himself drafted by the time the three-day event ends. If not, he is expected to sign with a team as an undrafted free agent and have a very real chance of landing on an NFL roster.

Harris played basketball for two years in Milwaukee, emerging as an inside force this season. He averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest while making 28 starts.

But in many ways football was always his first calling, and he had originally signed to play with Arkansas State out of high school. Now, four years later, Harris has been working out for NFL teams and actually had eight teams come to see him on his Pro Day this past Saturday.

If Harris is drafted, he’ll become the first Panther picked by an NFL team since Don Willingham was drafted in the 14th Round (357th pick overall) by Oakland in 1974. Should he play in an NFL game, he would become the first Panther to do so since 1983, when Mike Reinfeldt finished off his eight-year pro career.

The Black and Gold Network talked with Harris about his chance at the NFL.