News broke this morning that Damonte Harris, the highly touted (but oft-troubled) transfer from South Carolina, would not be returning to Florida next season. He leaves the team having never played a single second for the Gators.
Damontre Harris will not be returning to Florida next season, multiple sources told @CBSSports. Story coming.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 21, 2014
Coach Billy Donovan suspended Harris back in November, then dismissed him in December for conduct unbecoming to the team. However, he did allow Harris to return and practice with the team in January.
With the recent incoming transfers John Egbunu and John Horford, the Gators stood at 14 scholarships – one over the NCAA limit. While it’s not clear if Donovan pushed Harris out, or if the player made a choice on his own, the Gators are back to the scholarship limit. Perhaps more importantly, all the drama associated with Harris has now officially been put to bed.
For what it’s worth, Florida certainly did not miss Harris this year, making a magical run all the way to the Final Four. While his time in Gainesville may have been rocky, the Gator Nation certainly wishes him nothing but the best in his next endeavors.