Just over one month after being dismissed from the program due to his own actions, Florida Gators redshirt junior center Damontre Harris appears to be taking the first steps towards working his way back in head coach Billy Donovan’s good graces.
“How he got to the point that he wanted to come back, I don’t know,” said Donovan on Monday, “but he’s at that point right now, and I think his behavior and what he has been doing at least up until this point since he’s been back has been positive.”
A major reason why Florida was advertised to have one of the deepest frontcourts in the nation heading into the 2013-14 season, Harris has yet to step foot on the floor for the Gators and will not be doing so any time soon.
He began the season by serving a short suspension while dealing with a minor injury and never worked his way back, failing to meet requirements (like working out, practicing, being a reliable teammate) and obligations as simple as maintaining an open line of communication with the coaching staff.
Donovan announced the player’s dismissal on Dec. 21, releasing him to any school of his choosing, but Harris a few weeks later begged for an opportunity to re-enroll at UF and rejoin the team in some capacity.
His coach granted him the chance with one important caveat – Harris had to accept that there was there was no chance he would play this season.