Damontre Harris is back practicing with Florida

Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun reports that Damontre Harris is back practicing with third-ranked Florida, but the 6-foot-10 center will not play for the Gators this season.

Head coach Billy Donovan said Monday that Harris is practicing with the scout team and participating in individual instruction.

Harris transferred from South Carolina to Florida, where he sat out last season. Harris left the team in December because of disciplinary problems without ever playing a game. He returned to school in the spring semester and was just recently allowed to practice.

Donovan reiterated that Harris won’t play this year.

“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 Monday. “He had every opportunity back in November to do those things and elected not to.”

Harris averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a game for South Carolina in 2011-12. He averaged 25.9 minutes a game for the Gamecocks that season after averaging 16.9 minutes his freshman year. He scored 3.7 points a game and had 3.6 rebounds that season.

Meanwhile, Florida has won 11 straight games, including its first six SEC games. The 17-2 Gators play at Mississippi State on Thursday night.

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