Harris trying to work his way back on team


Center Damontre Harris is enrolled at Florida again and will try to earn his way back on the team.

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Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 10:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 10:07 p.m.

Florida coach Billy Donovan said that transfer center Damontre Harris is back enrolled at school and will try to work his way back onto the team.

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Center Damontre Harris is enrolled at Florida again and will try to earn his way back on the team.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer

Donovan said the 6-foot-10 Harris, a transfer from South Carolina, will not play for the Gators this season, but will return to practice at some point during the course of the spring.

Florida had announced that Harris decided to leave the team on Dec. 22 after being suspended most of the fall semester for violation of team rules.

“We traded some texts over the Christmas break and he realized that he had made a big mistake,” Donovan said. “He wants to work his way back on the team. It's going to be similar to Scottie Wilbekin's situation in that he has to meet some terms and conditions. Can he make it? I don't know, but if he does it will be a great comeback story.”

Harris was second in the SEC in blocked shots at 2.3 per game in his last full season at South Carolina in 2011-12. Donovan said Harris had a chance to transfer to an NAIA school and a Division I school and play right away.

“He realized he made a big mistake,” Donovan said. “He wants to be here.”

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