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Antonya English

Florida basketball transfer Damontre Harris arrested

Damontre Harris, left, then playing for South Carolina, blocks a shot by Florida's Mike Rosario during a game last season.

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Damontre Harris, left, then playing for South Carolina, blocks a shot by Florida's Mike Rosario during a game last season.

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Damontre Harris, a member of the Florida basketball team, was arrested early Wednesday morning for failure to appear in court on a traffic citation.

Harris, a junior who transferred from South Carolina last fall, was cited on July 16, 2012 for driving without a valid Florida driver’s license. Harris, who is from Fayeteville, N.C., has never had a license issued in the State of Florida, state officials confirmed Wednesday. At the time of his traffic citation, Harris did have a UF photo identification card.
Harris failed to appear at a court date on Aug. 16, and a warrant was later issued for his arrest.

According to DMV officials in North Carolina, Harris had his license suspended in that state in October 2011 after he failed to appear in court for a traffic citation for a non-moving violation. It remains suspended.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Harris is redshirting this season with the Gators. The 6-foot-10 junior was a member of the SEC All-Defensive Team as a sophomore with the Gamecocks last season, with 2.3 blocked shots per game, tied for second in the SEC. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 31 games, including 30 starts.

A UF spokesman said Florida coach Billy Donovan was aware of the situation.



[Last modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:56pm]

    

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