Damontre Harris trying to salvage his career at UF

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    That's really nice. Sometimes these kids need to work hard for what they want. Now he just has to stick to it and have a successful career here.
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    He learned his lesson...welcome back Harris...now keep your head afloat and don't sink back to stupidity again :p
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    He has "strike 1" against him; I wonder how tight of a leash he has. Will he be given 1 more chance or 2 more (ala Wilbekin).

    What kind of offensive game does he have. Have heard he's a shot-blocker, but is limited on O. Offensively, how does he compare to Patric?
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    If he remains on track, by staying at Florida, he could easily become a lottery pick at the end of next season. He is a huge talent and the coaching he will receive and the talent pool around him next year will be outstanding. He made the wrong decision to miss this season but the right one to try to work his way back into the good graces of Billy D.
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    Here's more of what Billy said

    "He's on the scout team, so whomever we are playing against, he is going to be one of their frontcourt players,” Donovan said. “He's lifting weights. He's going through individual instruction.”

    “To me as a coach, I think it would completely devalue what our core values are here in terms of what we are trying to do each and every day,” Donovan said. “He had every opportunity back in November to do those things and he elected not to.”

    “He was going to move on and obviously we reached out,” Donovan said. “We have too many guys like Patric Young and (Will) Yeguete and (Casey) Prather and those guys who have been committed for years, really working and doing the right things. And for us to all the sudden inject him back in there because he may be able to help our team, we've done fine without him. He'll have to work to get better and improve, but no, we're not going to play him this year.”

    http://www.gatorsports.com/article/...ok-Harris-practicing-but-won-t-play#gsc.tab=0
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    Good for Billy all the way around. Handling this situation with class and fairness.
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    Is there such thing as applying for 6th year, since there are two clear years he didn't play? Or would that only be for injury?
    Harris will be HUGE in the early part of the year when Alex Murphy is finishing off his transfer year. I was very concerned about a front court of C. Walker, Doe Doe & D. Walker in the fall with only the Freshman Robinson & Francis to help at the 4 & 3 spots, and Doe Doe having to back up Walker at the 5. That would be THIN.

    Harris, Walker & Doe Doe is a very strong front court and adding Murphy in the Spring eliminates any "rebuilding year" expectations that normally follow 4 starting SRs.
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    I suspect Harris is pretty much on strike two and a half at this point.
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    Harris has a nice little mid range jumper. He came here in part to work on the face up aspect of his game. Sort of similar to Horford in that phase at SC, which is kind of stiff and mechanical, but it goes in. Don't really remember much of what he did with his back to the basket, but you can expect that to improve with the opportunities he would have here.

    As to the question about a sixth-year of eligibility, not sure what would happen. He had the shoulder injury last season, so he could conceivably claim that the injury effected his ability to play this season, though that is pretty tenuous. If he doesn't touch the court this season, I am sure he could apply for some sort of hardship through the NCAA. Not sure the likelihood of getting it granted, though. Murphy is going to try something similar due to his freshman year injury in the hopes of having fall eligibility next year rather than waiting until spring. Pretty tenuous, again, but worth trying.
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    "A waiver of the five-year period of eligibility is designed to provide a student-athlete with the opportunity to participate in four seasons of intercollegiate competition within a five-year period. This waiver may be granted, based upon objective evidence, for reasons that are beyond the control of the student-athlete or the institution, which deprive the student-athlete of the opportunity to participate for more than one season in his/her sport within the five-year period."

    Maybe family issues started the downward spiral. Who knows.
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    A) Billy Donovan is absolutely, hands down, the Greatest Coach in UF History. He's everything Urban isn't.

    B) This kid could have been a tremendous difference maker in a potential NC run during the SR years of some of our all time great players. It's a shame he let those guys and Billy down in such spectacular fashion. What a tremendous amount of integrity and class Coach Donovan has for letting this guy back on the team but sitting him THIS year which Billy has to know is a very big year. Could you imagine this team with Walker and Harris as a part of it from the beginning?? As much work as Billy has poured into this year and this team, and he still has the integrity to sit a 6-10, 240 lb front court player. John Calapari would have played Harris in a micro-second.

    Thanks Billy ... for everything. The pride and appreciation we have for you is immeasurable.
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    I for one am very excited about next years team as well......if we have Walker and Harris.

    We could certainly make a run at back to back titles!
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    With Harris, Walker and Murphy, our scout team front line might be in the top 10 frontlines of the country
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    No wonder our frontline play has improved...None of those guys were available to even be on the scout team back in November
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    Top 5 and with BIlly's history Murphy is going to have a great career that coach K couldnt have provided him with. I wouldnt be surprised to get one more transfer after this year.
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    It really is becoming a second recruiting season in college hoops. Between the excessive attention given these kids by handlers, AAU coaches, and recruiting websites on the travel circuit to the unrealistic expectations they have for their own draft prospects in the current NBA age restriction climate, collegiate rosters are in more flux than I ever can recall.

    The irony, of course, is that Donovan's fairly straightforward demeanor and rigorous expectations on freshmen normally had us setting the curve for transfer losses, but now we are probably below the median. Our current roster has as many players gained through transfer (Carter, Harris, Murphy) as lost (Larson, Pitchford, Ogbueze). For a program that took only one transfer in Donovan's first 13 seasons--and he (J-Will) had played for Donovan previously--to become a second haven for kids is a completely unexpected turn. I suspect Donovan's own experience at Providence may have something to do with that.
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    In what sense? He spent his entire four years at Providence.
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    He wanted to transfer when Pitino came on board because he wasn't playing, but Pitino couldn't find any suitors so he talked him into getting in shape and committing to the system, which he did and exploded the next year. That had a tremendous impact on Donovan. I think his candor with kids and confidence that anyone can find a place if he commits to the staff's expectations is a big reason for both some bolting and for other wanting to come here to get a second chance.
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