Published: 12:00 AM, Thu Apr 19, 2012
Former Trinity Christian standout Damontre Harris draws interest from several schools
Wednesday was the final day of a "contact period" in which college basketball coaches can make recruiting visits, and at least a few were trying to take advantage of a last-minute opportunity to check in with South Carolina sophomore Damontre Harris, who has been granted permission to explore the option of transferring.
The only school on the Gamecocks' restricted list is N.C. State, meaning Harris could even transfer to an SEC rival.
Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey planned to fly to Columbia, S.C., on Wednesday afternoon, and a representative of Kansas had hopes of arriving Wednesday night, although the weather was going to make that difficult.
Ranked the No. 68 prospect in the prep class of 2010 by ESPN.com during his senior year at Trinity Christian in Fayetteville, Harris picked South Carolina over Florida, Wake Forest and Maryland. He averaged 6.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks last season, when he was named to the SEC All-Defensive team.
South Carolina fired coach Darrin Horn in March and hired Frank Martin away from Kansas State. It appears the Gamecocks' athletic department, not Martin, has an issue with N.C. State because Wolfpack assistant coach Orlando Early has maintained contact with Harris since leaving Columbia following one season on Horn's staff in 2010-11, Harris' freshman year.
UAB hires former Heel
UAB coach Jerod Haase has completed his staff by hiring Bobby Frasor as the director of operations and George Drake as the associate director of operations.
"My goal is for our staff to groom both Bobby and George to be Division I coaches one day, whether it's here or somewhere else," Haase said. "They are both high-energy guys with great work ethics and will be great assets to our program."
Frasor played for North Carolina from 2005-09 and helped the team to the 2009 national championship. He comes to UAB after serving as the assistant video coordinator at his alma mater during the 2011-12 season.
"I am excited to be in Birmingham and at UAB," Frasor said. "My dad coached high school for 30 years, and as soon as I told him I was going to UAB, the first name he brought up was coach (Gene) Bartow. To be somewhere with a great basketball tradition and working for a guy like Coach Haase, someone who coached me for four years, is a great opportunity. I'm jumping in with both feet and very excited about getting started."
Staff writer Bret Strelow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 486-3513.