Harris no longer a member of UF basketball team

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:07 p.m.

Apparently, senior center Damontre Harris didn’t make the most of his second chance with the Gators.

Florida confirmed a CBSSports.com Jon Rothstein report that 6-foot-10 Harris is once again no longer with the team. This time, it appears to be permanent.

The South Carolina transfer faced multiple disciplinary issues and did not play his entire junior season with the Gators despite being eligible. Harris was let go by Florida coach Billy Donovan over Christmas break, but asked for and received a second chance, re-enrolling at UF during the spring semester. Harris practiced with the Gators during their Final Four run, but did not play.

Donovan said in January that Harris could resume playing for the Gators next fall if he met “a certain set of conditions.” Those conditions, it seems, were not met.

Harris was expected to provide a shot-blocking presence inside for the Gators after averaging 2.3 blocks per game in his last full season at South Carolina (2011-12). The Wilmington, N.C., native transferred to UF following the 2012 season after former South Carolina coach Darrin Horn was fired. Harris did not return calls seeking comment.

With Harris out, Florida is now at its limit of 13 scholarship players with the addition of transfer centers Jon Horford (Michigan) and John Egbunu (USF). The 6-foot-10 Horford is eligible to play immediately next season as a graduate student transfer, helping ease the loss of Harris in UF’s frontcourt.

Next season’s frontcourt rotation for the Gators will likely include rising sophomore Chris Walker, forward Dorian Finney-Smith, Horford and forward Alex Murphy, a Duke transfer who will be eligible to play in mid-December. Walker is a former McDonald’s All-American, while Finney-Smith was the SEC’s sixth man of the year last season.

Egbunu won’t be eligible to play in 2014-15, per NCAA transfer rules.

Contact Kevin Brockway at 352-374-5054 or brockwk@gvillesun.com. Also check out Brockway's blog at Gatorsports.com

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