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HOOPS: Walker, Harris updates

GAINESVILLE -- Sophomore guard DeVon Walker is “day-to-day” and questionable for Friday’s game against Florida State with a mild foot sprain, according to coach Billy Donovan.

Walker sustained the injury in Florida’s 86-60 win at Jacksonville on Monday night.

“X-Rays came back negative,” Donovan said. “No break. It’s not even a sprained ankle. … He tweaked his ligament kind of down on the bottom or side of his foot.”

Donovan also updated the status of injured point guard Kasey Hill, sidelined with a high-ankle sprain.

“He’s making positive progress,” Donovan said.   

Donovan remains very disappointed with South Carolina transfer Damontre Harris, a 6-foot-10 center who hasn’t practiced with the team since Nov. 1.

Harris, currently suspended indefinitely after already sitting out all of the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer stipulations, is “at a crossroads” and must “make a life decision.”

“We support people here. We're always willing to reach out and to help, but when it is a consistent pattern of behavior, of not accepting, taking the help or going where you're supposed to be, being where you're supposed to be or doing what you're supposed to do. At a certain point, he's got to want to say this is what I want and this is what I'm prepared to do,” Donovan explained. “He has not done that. He has said, ‘This is what I'd like. I want to play on the team.’ Well, this is what you have to do. What he wants and what he has to do are not matching up. I'm now at a crossroads in the dilemma. Does he want to play? Does he not want to play?”

Donovan didn’t mince his words with Harris’ struggles, saying, “When you have all the resources here at Florida to really help someone in every possible area -- on the court, off the court, academically, weight room, film -- and you’re not taking advantage of it, at some point he’s the one responsible. ... He’s in the dorm. It’d be very easy for him to come over to my office to talk. He’s not come over here one time. And I’m certainly not going to chase him around. That’s got to be something he wants to do.”

Donovan continued: “But there’s zero accountability at all. You can’t call meetings or have a strength coach be here to work you out and just not show up. … There are things you have to do and when you don’t do that, at some point, there are consequences and levels of accountability you have to assume as a young man. I’m all for giving guys second chances. I think Scottie [Wilbekin] is a much better player and person for what he had to go through. And I think Damontre has to make a decision. Do I want to change? Do I want my life to change for the better? Or do I want to just through cruise through life and not do anything. He’s got to make that choice.”

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