Jan 28, 2012; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels forward Reginald Buckner (23) goes up for the dunk over South Carolina Gamecocks forward Damontre Harris (24) but is unsuccessful at the attempt during the game at the Tad Smith Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Damontre Harris to pick Kansas or Florida

South Carolina Gamecocks power forward Damontre Harris is looking to transfer to a new school, and the promising, young big man will choose between the Kansas Jayhawks and Florida Gators some time this week, his mom told Rivals.

“He is done taking visits and will decide between Kansas and Florida. I know Damontre enjoyed himself at Kansas (last weekend) and he really liked the visit, as he did Florida as well. Damontre really likes both schools, so it’s going to be a big decision, but it’s a decision he will make,” his mother said.

The 6’9″, 225 pound PF had a terrific 20.3 PER in 803 minutes for South Carolina last season as a sophomore. Damontre Harris is a star waiting to blossom, and he finished the 2011 college basketball season with some off-the-charts offensive efficiency numbers. Harris had a 59.4 TS% to go with a 55 eFG% for an average of 1.15 points per possession.

Although Harris allowed 1.01 defensive points per play, it was about three points per play better than his team’s total. Harris was the Gamecocks best defensive player overall, and it wasn’t even close. He was worth two wins on defense, thanks to an average of 0.9 steals per game and 2.3 blocks per game (10.7 Block%).

Damontre Harris ended up being worth 3.5 wins to lead South Carolina, which is as many wins as Mark Lyons was worth last year, even though Lyons played in more minutes. Harris finished second on the 10-21 team in minutes last year.

The PF took just five shots per game last season, and he will break out given more opportunities to shoot with his efficient play. As a freshman, Harris had an average year and improved in pretty much every important statistical category en route to a great 2011 campaign for South Carolina. He averaged 5.5 rebounds per game (13.2 TRB%) to lead the team in rebounds per game and come a narrow second in TRB%.

There is no doubt that Damontre Harris is a good defensive player and an efficient offensive weapon, and he will break out with either Florida or Kansas. If Harris goes to Kansas, then top 25 recruit Perry Ellis will have another year of waiting before starting in the PF slot and setting the world on fire. On a top program, Harris will finally get into the nation limelight and will have a chance to further his game and turn the efficiency numbers into production that is seen by the average fan.



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