One poor decision will end up costing Trayvon Reed his career at the University of Maryland.
The incoming freshman basketball player will not even be able to enroll in the school after being charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault of a police officer, theft under $100 and resisting arrest.
Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun provides the full details on the situation:
According to court documents, Reed was arrested shortly before midnight Wednesday after two plain-clothes Prince George's County police officers saw him put an ice cream bar and two candy bars into his pants pocket at a 7-Eleven on Route 1, and leave the store without paying.
When the officer confronted Reed and another unnamed male outside the store, Reed "began acting as if he did not understand," according to charging documents. The officer then reached to place Reed under arrest and Reed attempted to pull away and run.
According to police, Reed hit the officer on the left hand as he was trying to control the Maryland player. The other officer, who was inside the store, went to his fellow officer's aid.
Reed took one four-pack of Reese's peanut butter cups, one two-pack of big Reeses peanut butter cups and a Twix ice cream bar. The total value was $5.81.
Just days after the incident, Maryland announced that Reed will not enroll at the university. Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated provided a short quote from head coach Mark Turgeon:
#Maryland says incoming top 100 7-footer Trayvon Reed will not enroll. “Failed to meet the standards that are required,” per Mark Turgeon.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) August 1, 2014
Reed appeared understanding of the situation in his statement, via WNST Baltimore:
Trayvon Reed: "“I regret that I was unable to meet the responsibilities that were expected of me from Coach Turgeon and [Maryland]."— WNST (@WNST) August 1, 2014
This is a big blow to a team that already saw four players from last year's team transfer out of the program. The incoming class—which was ranked No. 12 in the nation by 247 Sports—was supposed to make a big impact early, but losing Reed will hurt.
Paul Biancardi of ESPN previously noted how much Reed could have helped on the defensive end:
What they don't have, however, is a shot blocker. Maryland's leading returning shot blockers are small forward Dez Wells and Jake Layman, who both average less than one block per game. That is exactly what 7-foot-1 Trayvon Reed, the No. 68 overall prospect in the ESPN 100 and the No. 8 center, brings.
Reed could be an X-factor next season. He provides the one element Maryland doesn't have coming back and that you need to win titles.
The squad will now have to rely on Damonte Dodd, Jonathan Graham and Slovakian freshman Michal Cekovsky to handle the duties in the frontcourt.
Obviously, this will make things even more difficult for the Terrapins heading into their first year in the Big Ten.
It is not yet known where Reed will go from here, but you can be certain that some team at the college or professional level will be interested in a 7'1" center with loads of upside.
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