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Former Raytown South basketball player gets call from Buffalo Bills

Baylor tight end Ishmail Wainright, left, scores past Iowa State defensive back Reggie Wilkerson, right, in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Waco, Texas.
Baylor tight end Ishmail Wainright, left, scores past Iowa State defensive back Reggie Wilkerson, right, in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Waco, Texas. Jerry Larson

Ishmail Wainright will be the next athlete trying to make the transition from the hardwood to the gridiron.

The Kansas City native, who played basketball at Raytown South High School and Baylor, will get a chance to join the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, he said via Twitter.

“I just want to thank the Buffalo Bills for the opportunity,” he tweeted. “I can’t wait to get to work!”

After four seasons with the Baylor basketball team, Wainright (6 feet 4, 260 pounds) shifted his attention to football. He played one season with the football team at Baylor, catching four passes for 34 yards and two touchdowns in nine games.

Wainright played basketball for two seasons at Raytown South, averaging 13.6 points and 9.8 rebounds as a sophomore, before transferring to Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., to finish high school. He was a consensus top-100 basketball prospect.

He extends a pipeline of Baylor basketball players to the NFL. Former basketball player Rico Gathers was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys two years ago.

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