Gators dismiss Damontre Harris, never played a game for the team

Feb 8, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers forward Kenny Hall (20) moves the ball against South Carolina Gamecocks forward Damontre Harris (24) during the game at Thompson Boling Arena. Tennessee won 69 to 57. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Damontre Harris, forward for the Florida Gators, has been released by the team on Saturday. What’s even worse is that he never played in a single game for the Gators.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Barlis,

The 6-foot-10 junior sat out last season after transferring from South Carolina and missed the first 10 games of the 2013-14 season because of a suspension for violating team rules.

Last week, coach Billy Donovan said of Harris to reporters, “I don’t ever anticipate him playing here at Florida.”

Donovan complained that Harris had not been in communication with the coaching staff. He hadn’t practiced with the team and had not been permitted in the team facility since the start of the season.

You can say that again. There was obviously some kind of conflict between Donovan and Harris.

“The things we were asking him to do weren’t anything out of the norm,” Donovan said in a statement on the school website Saturday. “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.

It’s unfortunate for Harris, who already sat out one year of college basketball due to NCAA rules, but it looks as if he will be missing even more now.

Topics: Billy Donovanc, College Basketball, Damontre Harris, Florida Gators

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