Florida Gators: Damontre Harris

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida basketball player Damontre Harris was arrested early Wednesday morning on a warrant for failing to make a scheduled court appearance.

Gainesville Police Department spokesman Ben Tobias said officers stopped a car that ran a red light at University Boulevard and Main Street at about 2 a.m. The officers performed a routine driver's license check and found an outstanding arrest warrant for Harris. He was arrested and was booked into the Alachua County Jail at 2:30 a.m.

UF spokesman Denver Parler said coach Billy Donovan is aware of the situation, but Parler would not elaborate on whether Harris has been suspended.

The arrest warrant was issued because Harris missed an Aug. 16, 2012, arraignment appearance in Alachua County court stemming from a citation he was issued by University of Florida Police on July 15, 2012 for driving without a valid driver’s license.

Harris was stopped at 2:50 a.m. on Stadium Road near Woodlawn Drive on UF’s campus.

The 6-foot-10 Harris is sitting out this season after transferring from South Carolina. Harris averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in two seasons with the Gamecocks. He was named to the SEC’s All-Defensive team in 2012 after averaging 6.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

Gators solve scholarship problem

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Patric YoungChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesFlorida junior center Patric Young is feeling good now after missing three weeks due to mononucleosis.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida’s basketball scholarship problem resolved itself over the summer after coach Billy Donovan decided not to renew redshirt sophomore Cody Larson’s scholarship because Larson failed to meet requirements that Donovan set throughout the season and during the offseason.

"There were some things I wanted him to do during the course of the year [and] he knew there was a possibility [that if] he didn’t do these things there was a chance he may not be back and he came up short on those things," Donovan said Wednesday during the team’s annual media day. "I’ve been through some different situations with Cody in trying to help him get better on the court, off the court, in the classroom, and taking care of responsibilities, and it was something he was not doing."

Donovan said he spoke with Larson and his family and said Larson was welcome to return as a nonscholarship player or the coach would approve a transfer. The 6-foot-9, 239-pound Larson, who averaged 0.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 25 games last season, decided to come back.

"The decision to stay wasn’t hard at all," Larson said. "I know I wanted to stay under Coach Donovan. Not even talking basketball, just being under Coach Donovan is the best thing for me in my life."

UF had to lose one scholarship for this season anyway because the Gators had exceeded the NCAA maximum of 13. Florida signed freshmen Michael Frazier II, Dillon Graham, Braxton Ogbueze and DeVon Walker, and added transfers Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris.

Young healthy again
Center Patric Young says he has fully recovered from a bout of mononucleosis that kept him out of action for three weeks.

"It was tough at first," Young said. "We had our conditioning test this past Tuesday and I passed all the runs, made my times, so I’ll be ready for practice come tomorrow."

Young was diagnosed when classes began in August. He had a severe sore throat, a fever, and was too fatigued to participate in a scheduled workout. After a trip to a doctor, he was diagnosed with mono. He missed three weeks, and Young said it was pretty rough at times.

The 6-9, 249-pound junior said his roommate, teammate Will Yeguete, was worried.

"He said I was looking miserable," Young joked. "He thought I was on my deathbed for a little bit."
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Billy Donovan gained another big man for the 2013-14 season on Thursday with the addition of transfer Dorian Finney-Smith, according to ESPN senior national recruiting analyst Dave Telep.

The 6-foot-8, 192-pound Finney-Smith averaged 6.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a freshman at Virginia Tech last season. He shot 33.2 percent from the floor and 36.2 percent from 3-point range and earned a spot on the ACC's All-Freshman team. He left the school after head coach Seth Greenberg was fired.

Finney-Smith, who was ESPN's No 18 overall recruit in 2011, is the second player to transfer to Florida in the last several weeks. Forward Damontre Harris (6-foot-9) picked UF after leaving South Carolina.

Both Finney-Smith and Harris will not be eligible to compete until the 2013-2014 season.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former South Carolina forward Damontre Harris has decided to transfer to Florida, according to Dave Telep, ESPN's senior national basketball recruiting analyst.

The 6-foot-9 Harris chose the Gators over Kansas. He will have to sit out the 2012-2013 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Harris averaged 6.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game last season as a sophomore for the Gamecocks. He was named to the Southeastern Conference's All-Defensive team. Harris averaged 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game as a freshman.

Damontre Harris down to Florida, Kansas

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South Carolina forward Damontre Harris, one of the transfer prizes of the spring and a member of the All-SEC defensive team because of his shot-blocking prowess last season, has narrowed his options to two.

According to Harris’ high school coach, Heath Vandevender, Florida and Kansas are the finalists.

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