Professional football franchises looking to college basketball for diamonds in the rough is something that’s occurred with greater frequency in recent years. Last year Erik Swoope, who played college basketball at Miami, spent the entire season in the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad and former Milwaukee basketball player Demetrius Harris saw action in three games for the Kansas City Chiefs. With the 2015 NFL Draft nearly two weeks away, two athletes who completed their college basketball careers last month have landed on the NFL radar. Ross Travis, a 6-foot-7 forward who played four seasons for Patrick Chambers at Penn State, has decided to take a shot at making the move into professional football. According to Ben Jones of StateCollege.com Travis considered returning to campus to play for Penn State before ultimately deciding that it would be best for him to make a run at the NFL now. That way, if it doesn’t work out Travis can transition to a professional basketball career since he’s out of college eligibility in that sport. Travis also noted the successful transition made by basketball players before him as a reason for his decision to try his hand at professional football.
Two former college basketball players considering NFL route
College Basketball Talk | Apr 16