Florida Basketball Recruiting: Transfer Damontre Harris Down To Gators, Kansas

Mar 08, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks forward Damontre Harris (24) blocks a shot by Alabama Crimson Tide guard Rodney Cooper (21) during the second half of the first round of the 2012 SEC Tournament at the New Orleans Arena. Alabama defeated South Carolina 63-57. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE

South Carolina forward Damontre Harris will apparently not be a South Carolina forward next year. As reported by ESPN's Dave Telep, the former Gamecock will transfer to either Florida or Kansas, according to his high school coach.

"He’s not going to visit Marquette," (Heath) Vandevender said. "He’s between Florida and Kansas and there’s a lot of similarities between both. Kansas plays through their bigs. He might shoot more face-ups with Florida. Face-up jump shots are a part of his game. Both have had bigs that have done very well and gone to the NBA and both guys are hall of fame coaches. He would be really good at either place."

Harris was a member of the SEC All-Defensive Team in 2011-12, recording 2.3 blocks per game, and also averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. Florida fans will remember him from the Gators' second meeting with the Gamecocks, in which Harris had 12 points and six blocks, the latter number tying his career high.

Harris would not be eligible to play for Florida until the 2013-14 season, but would be a substantial boost to the Gators' frontcourt, which will lose Erik Murphy to graduation and likely lose Patric Young to the NBA.

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