Florida Gators Add Damontre Harris; Billy Donovan Snags South Carolina Transfer

Former South Carolina forward Damontre Harris has made his decision and it’s a good one for the Florida Gators. The 6’9″ SEC All-Defensive Team forward will transfer to play for head coach Billy Donovan and the Gators. Harris chose Florida over Kansas. He will watch the 2012-13 season from the bench and then have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

In desperate need of big man help wherever they can get it, Harris is a get of the biggest kind for Donovan and Florida. Despite a track record of bringing in great big men over his time in Gainesville and then leading a number of them to the NBA, Donovan has had trouble convincing taller players to play for the Gators in recent years. Not including the 6’9″ Walter Pitchford (who has since transferred), Florida hasn’t added anyone over 6’6″ since the 2010 recruiting class. To say Harris made a decision important not only for him, but for the Gators would be an understatement.

Although we won’t see Harris in action until the 2013-14 season, we know what he can do and that he can play at the college level. He’s a proven commodity that will come at the perfect time when big men will be in need in Gainesville.

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6 Responses to Florida Gators Add Damontre Harris; Billy Donovan Snags South Carolina Transfer

  1. Evandagator says:

    With Murphy graduating and Pat Young likely jumping to the NBA next year, this couldn’t have came at a better time.

  2. Bill Lentzsch says:

    Big men are already in need – a better time would have been a year or two ago – we are super-thin at the power positions. Was hoping for Bennett, but he opted to stay home and play for UNLV. If last season proved anything, it’s that we’re already LOADED at the guard spots and need more interior play.

    • Well, yes, a better time would have been in the last two recruiting classes, but I’ll still take Harris now as opposed to continuing to wait.

      Hopefully this odd cycle has come to an end.

      As for UNLV, they’re doing something right. Impressive get to land Bennett. It’s only his temporary home, so that wasn’t the deciding factor. He really want to play with Birch as well. He would have been a huge get, but I guess we’ll have to look to next year now.

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