Damontre Harris started his basketball career at South Carolina before electing to transfer to Florida. The redshirt junior now finds himself without a team, after having been dismissed from the Gators.
Harris, who proved to be a disruptive force down low while at South Carolina, was expected to contribute to the team this year after sitting out last season (per NCAA transfer rules). He was suspended early in the season for a violation of team rules, before ultimately being let go.
Donovan was candid in the reasoning for Harris’ dismissal. While the player seemed to have his school work in order, and was not a trouble maker of sorts, Harris seemed disinterested in putting forth the effort he needed to succeed with the team. The following, according to Adam Silverstein of OnlyGators.com:
“He was never disrespectful as far as his attitude. He was a nice kid and never blamed anybody for what was happening,” Donovan said in a school release. “We tried to help him off the court and help him with some of the challenges he was dealing with. But there was never this reciprocation of wanting to be helped or wanting to do the things necessary [to stay on the team].”
“It may mean him getting to a place where he can play the game on his terms,” he said in the school release. “Someone may let him do that. Here, it’s not our philosophy or belief.”
“The things we were asking him to do weren’t anything out of the norm. But we’d go a week without hearing from him. He wouldn’t return our phone calls or text messages. His teammates didn’t know where he was,” Donovan said.
Harris will look for a new destination after he completes his fall semester at Florida. Fortunately for him, he will be leaving in “good academic standing.”