For years, the Ravens have explored the possibility of converting a basketball player into a tight end.

Two years ago, the Ravens brought Mississippi power forward Murphy Holloway to a rookie minicamp. That year, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee basketball player Demetrius Harris visited the Ravens before eventually joining the Kansas City Chiefs whom he caught three passes for in eight games last season.

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The Ravens auditioned former Arkansas basketball player Alandise Harris during their local prospect day, according to sources.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward worked out at tight end. He displayed sound hands. Harris ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and had a 35-inch vertical leap.

Harris hasn't played football since high school, growing up in Little Rock where he was a three-time all-state selection who averaged 20.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game as a senior.

Harris started 26 of 35 basketball games last season for the Razorbacks and averaged 7.6 points per game.

Harris is eligible to be signed to an NFL contract immediately and has other workouts scheduled with NFL teams. The Ravens were the first NFL team to work out Harris.

Harris began his career at the University of Houston before transferring to Arkansas.

Playing professional basketball in Europe is an option for Harris, but he's pursuing a football career currently.

Harris averaged nine points and 3.3 rebounds as a junior at Arkansas. He had 12 dunks, 31 blocks, 27 steals, 28 offensive rebounds and seven 3-pointers.

As a sophomore at Houston, Harris averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds. He was a starter as a freshman, averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds.

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