Harris no longer at Florida

FightinGators.com Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2013

As Damontre Harris grew further and further from his place on the Florida basketball team, it seemed unlikely he would rejoin the team. On Saturday morning, it became official. Harris will transfer from Florida after never playing a game for the Gators.

“He was never disrespectful as far as his attitude,” head coach Billy Donovan said. “He was a nice kid and never blamed anybody for what was happening. We tried to help him off the court and help him with some of the challenges he was dealing with, but there was never this reciprocation of wanting to be helped, or wanting to do the things necessary.”

Damontre Harris transferred to Florida after finishing his sophomore season at South Carolina in 2011-12. He was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team that year while averaging 2.3 blocked shorts per game to go with 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 30 starts.

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He left the Gamecocks to find a better basketball program and eventually chose Florida over Kansas. Harris sat out during the 2012-13 season because of NCAA transfer rules. The problems started to creep up when the Gators opened preseason practice this year and Harris fell behind.

Donovan waited for the redshirt junior to reach out about improving his status and working his way back on the team, but that never happened. His tenure in Gainesville officially came to an end on Saturday.

Harris could elect to transfer to a school closer to his Fayetteville, N.C. home but that isn’t known at this time.

The move doesn't change much for the Gators this season, who are now used to playing without him. Freshman freshman Chris Walker's eligibility will also boost the roster. The issue comes next season when the Gators will graduate Casey Prather, Will Yeguete and Patric Young. Dorian Finney-Smith and Walker could also leave early for the NBA.

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