Damontre Harris sets up 2 official visits

Special to GoGamecocksApril 24, 2012 

South Carolina forward Damontre Harris has scheduled official visits to Florida for this weekend and to Kansas on May 3-4, his high school coach said Tuesday.

Harris asked for a release from his USC scholarship eight days ago after meeting with new Gamecocks coach Frank Martin.

USC publicly has stated it has given Harris permission to explore other options. Sources have said those options don’t include N.C. State. The sources have said USC suspects tampering by N.C. State assistant coach Orlando Early, a former Gamecock assistant.

Harris’ high school coach Heath Vandevender said there were conversations between Early and Harris but never on the subject of transferring to State.

“I have never denied that both Orlando and Trey Brown talked to Tre during the season,” Vandevender said. “Our conversation was in the context of has Tre talked to any coach since his release and does he have any schools or visits in mind.”

Vandevender has been adamant that Harris deserves a complete release and there’s no reason to block him from going to N.C. State.

“I was aggressive with (Kevin) O’Connell (assistant AD) from the standpoint that (Eric) Hyman (AD) wouldn’t call me back and we disagree on tampering allegations,” Vandevender. “Frank and I had a great conversation and I have no issues there. My interest is with Tre only.”

On Monday, former Gamecock forward Anthony Gill announced he will transfer to Virginia.

No other current member of the basketball team has asked for a release.

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