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Report: Damontre Harris will not return to Florida

May 21, 2014, 1:21 PM EDT

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Damontre Harris will not be returning to the Florida basketball program, according to a report from CBSSports.com.

Harris was an all-SEC defensive team performer as a sophomore at South Carolina in 2011-2012 before he made the decision to transfer to Florida. But after sitting out the 2012-2013 season as a transfer, Harris never saw the court last season due to off-the-court issues and was, for a time, kicked off of the team.

There was speculation that Harris would be allowed to return to the team for the 2014-2015 season, but that dissipated when Donovan accepted John Egbunu, a transfer from South Florida. Egbunu became the 14th player scheduled to be on scholarship next season, meaning that someone on the Florida roster had to go. Harris was the easy choice.

Harris, who was a top 100 recruit coming out of high school in 2010, averaged 6.8 points, 5.5 boards and 2.3 blocks as a sophomore with the Gamecocks. He has one season of eligibility remaining, but he’ll need to graduate immediately and receive a graduate transfer waiver to play immediately in 2014-2015. Athletes are allowed five seasons to use four years of eligibility, and 2014-2015 will be the fifth year that Harris has been a collegiate athlete.

  1. kaspauf - May 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    I figured with the addition of Egbunu someone had to go, some said it would be Graham or maybe even Carter due to his injury but letting Harris go is the right move, the other 2 I just mentioned have worked hard and just rehabbing injuries while Harris has a laundry list of issues but hope he figures them out.

  2. general74 - May 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    If this guy is an all defensive player I wouldn’t mind seeing Ohio State take a run at him to help fill the defensive void left by arron craft graduating.

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