February 29, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks forward Damontre Harris (24) dunks against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the first half at Colonial-Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

Damontre Harris transfers to Florida Gators

The decision was extremely difficult and came down to the wire between two major programs in the Kansas Jayhawks and Florida Gators, but South Carolina Gamecocks power forward Damontre Harris has decided to transfer to the Florida Gators.

The 6’9″, 225 pound PF averaged 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game last season for South Carolina and is tabbed to be a breakout player in the future. He will not be eligible to play this season, but Damontre Harris will certainly be a major factor for Florida as a big in 2013.

Now that Harris has picked Florida, the Jayhawks can comfortably give their two remaining scholarships to recruits Anrio Adams (not a question) and Milton Doyle. The problem was that if Kansas picked up Harris, then Doyle, who loves KU, would not be picked up by the team. Doyle was viewed as a backup plan in case Adams’s test scores didn’t allow him to qualify, but that was said to be an incorrect assumption. Needless to say, Adams passed his test and Harris will play for Florida and stay in the SEC.

Last season, Damontre Harris finished with a 20.3 PER in 803 minutes as a sophomore and made some strides after an average 491 minutes as a freshman in which he averaged 1.13 points per possession.

The efficient PF had a 59.4 TS% and a 55 eFG% en route to averaging a terrific 1.15 points per play. Harris used up just 14.4% of the team’s possessions while on the floor and allowed 1.01 points per play to be one of the team’s best defensive players (terrific 10.7 block percentage).

Damontre Harris also averaged about one steal per game and had a rebounding rate of 13.2%. He had the third highest block rate in the conference, and his combination of great shot-blocking and very efficient offensive play will make him a fixture at the power forward spot for the Gators in 2013.

Perry Ellis is firmly entrenched as a starter for the Jayhawks next season, and there is no doubt now that the top 25 recruit will be starting in 2013 at the PF spot. He looks like the heir apparent to Thomas Robinson and has wowed fans with his talent. Ellis is a player to behold, and Harris picking Florida over Kansas helps UF much more than it hurts KU. In fact, it doesn’t hurt KU at all; the Jayhawks still have plenty of talent and will likely add a talented guard in Milton Doyle with the remaining scholarship.

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