Four-star big man has Gamecock offer

Last month when Scout.com released its updated rankings for the class of 2010, the rankings had a newcomer, but to the South Carolina coaching staff, DaMontre Harris - ranked as the No. 75 overall prospect nationally - was not a new name.


Damontre Harris, a 6-foot-9, 200 pound big man who is athletic and long, came into his junior year as primarily a defensive stopper, but with hard work he was able to progress offensively and schools are starting to take notice.

"Coming into the season, he was more of a defensive guy, athletic and long," Trinity Christian (N.C.) coach Heath Vandevender said. "I think with DaMontre, his length and athleticism give him tremendous upside, and if he continues to get better offensively, that definitely takes him to a new level."

As far as what things he added to his game, the ability to hit the jump shot opened up his Pandora's box for opposing teams.

"He can step out; he's shooting threes now," Vandevender said. "He can run the pick and roll and pick and pop. We run a lot of things for him that way."

So enter the Gamecocks.

"South Carolina was the first school to call (from the SEC)," Vandevender said. "And he has an Auburn offer."

According to Harris, UNC Wilmington, Winthrop, South Florida, Xavier, Maryland and Wake Forest are all in the mix as well. The big man with a 7-3 wingspan says he's been trying to improve his game and that he's "in the gym and working."

"I practice real hard on my offensive game," the Fayetteville native said. "My defensive game is already real good."

"He really matured as a player and came along offensively," said Rodney Scott, Harris' AAU coach with the North Carolina Force. "He's a well-rounded kid, very easy going. He's very quiet and level headed. He's very coachable."

Harris claims no leader as of now, but how early South Carolina jumped on the forward with tons of upside is an advantage in itself. Harris admits there's a couple of main things that will complete his recruitment.

"Basically any school that will fit my style of play and have a good coaching staff," Harris said of what he wants in a school. "I like to run up and down the court. I like to rebound and block shots."

Outside of those things that Harris does well, he also comes highly touted in personality from both coaches.

"He's a team player," Scott said. "He likes to win. He likes to do whatever it takes to win, and he doesn't have a problem with letting his teammates shine."

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