Profile: Damontre Harris


Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 1:52 a.m.

DAMONTRE HARRIS • F/C • JUNIOR

For as well as Damontre Harris blocked shots in his first two years at South Carolina, the 6-foot-10 center is looking forward to bigger things at Florida.

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Facts

Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 228 pounds
Year: Junior
Will the Miami Heat three-peat: No
Favorite Song: Anything by Jay-Z

Harris transferred to UF from the Gamecocks following the 2011-12 season. In his final season at South Carolina, Harris finished second in the SEC in blocked shots at 2.3 per game.

The Gators haven't had that kind of a rim protector since Joakim Noah and Al Horford left following UF's back-to-back national title seasons in 2006 and 2007.

“I most definitely will bring fire,” Harris said. “Just competing, getting up and down the floor, not really letting people get anything easy, blocking shots and just being a great team player.”

Before practices began, Donovan said he wouldn't rule out playing Harris and 6-9 Patric Young together on the court in a jumbo frontline. But Harris has been slowed by hamstring issues in practices this season. Harris needs to get in better shape before making an impact for the Gators this season, Donovan said. Harris also was sidelined for most of UF's practices last season after suffering a torn labrum in October of 2012 that required surgery.

“Damontre probably has to get a little better,” Donovan said. “The one thing with him that I'm a little concerned about — and it's not his fault – but when you have a whole year of being injured like he was, he has missed out on a whole year of growth. He was around and practiced sporadically here or there, but for the most part, he had a year where he probably didn't improve at the level we would have liked for him to improve because he was hurt.”

Harris is excited about possibly getting a chance to play next to Young in the frontcourt.

“I think it will be a great line, for the most part, just the size of him (and) my length against other opponents, it will be really good,” Harris said. “I always wanted to play with Pat Young, since I was at South Carolina ... I have the chance right here so I'm definitely going to enjoy it.”

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