What a day for South Carolina basketball. The Gamecocks capitalized on a couple weekend visits. Four-star prospect Damontre Harris is the second prospect to commit to the program today.
Florida, Maryland and Wake Forest won't have an opportunity to host Harris, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward from Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian School, on an official visit. His trip to South Carolina this weekend sealed the deal.
"There are a couple reasons Damontre committed to South Carolina," said Trinity Christian head coach Heath Vandevender. "Coach Horn was the first big program to offer Damontre back in January. They were ahead of everyone else in regards to seeing how good he could be. Then Coach Horn did a great job developing, not only the relationship between him and Damontre, but maybe more importantly the relationship with his mother Sheronda.
"This weekend was her first visit to Columbia with Damontre, and she called me and said this is where we need to be and we don't need to visit anywhere else."
Harris, the No. 56 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, is just hitting his stride as a prospect. According to Coach Vandevender, Harris turned a corner during his junior year when he realized he could play against some of the top prospects in the country.
"You can't really coach confidence," said Vandevender. "Damontre played against some top competition last year against guys like Ryan Kelly, Luke Cothron, C.J. Leslie and others. By February he realized he could play at that level. That confidence carried over into the summer.
"The sky is the limit for Damontre. He is so athletic and versatile. He'll play the four and the five for South Carolina, and they'll get him on a great weight program and get him stronger. He can shoot the three and is working on his midrange game. He's still working on his post moves too. He's a unique shot blocker and plays with a great motor."