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Jasmyne Harris is no longer part of the Houston Cougars' Team
UPDATED: December 2, 2019 -- 5:56 p.m. CT
POSTED: December 2, 2019 -- 5:09 p.m. CT
Thursday evening, the Houston Cougars faced the Syracuse Orange in an opening round game in the Greater Victoria Invitational held in Victoria, British Columbia. I got ready to watch the game on FloHoops.com; and, before tip-off, the Syracuse play-by-play announcer said "Houston's leading scorer, Jasmyne Harris, is not with the team."
That news surprised me; however, when the game tipped off, just to be sure, I looked for Jas on the court, on the bench, etc. Sure enough, Jasmyne was nowhere to be found. She was not with the team.
When asked about her status, Houston staff offered a "No comment." And, the team continued participating in the Invitational. Houston went 1-2: losing to Syracuse; defeating California Baptist Friday afternoon; then, losing to San Francisco Saturday afternoon.
Last season, Harris averaged 16.2 points per game. She became the 24th player in program history to reach 1,000 points. Jasmyne played in and started 14 games last season. Then, her season ended Sunday, January 6, 2019, in a home game versus the Connecticut Huskies.
Harris played the first half versus UConn. She didn't play the second half nor any game the rest of the season. Jasmyne had personal issues she needed to take care of; and, Houston Head Coach Ronald Hughey gave Jas time to handle her issues before returning to the team.
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Through the first 5 games of this season, Harris averaged 14.6 points per game to lead the team.
Despite no official comment from Houston Monday afternoon, Harris is no longer with the team. Her name has been removed from the roster. (Click here to see for yourself.)
Last month, Houston Head Coach Ronald Hughey said Harris went through some things last season; but, she was ready "to do whatever y'all ask me to do" for this year's team. Harris told the team, "I'm ready to do whatever the team needs me to do."
Hughey also said Harris went to counseling; completed community service projects; and numerous things before returning to the team this year.
"I think we had a list of like seven or 8 things that she needed to do to get back; and, she completed everything and was happy to do it.
Hughey added, "Before our first team meeting, she went to the front of the room and said to her teammates: 'I let you guys down. I let you guys down; and, that's not who I am. Basketball is something that I love; and, I'm ready to get back at it and be able to put your trust back in me.' "
With Harris no longer on the team, the 2019-'20 roster has -- not counting the 4 transfers -- 8 active players (9 including walk-on Macey Braswell. Junior guard Julia Blackshell-Fair and sophomore Dymond Gladney now have larger loads to carry.
Currently, Houston owns a 4-4 record and hosts Florida Gulf Coast Wednesday, December 4, at 2 p.m., inside Fertitta Center.
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