"It's crazy, I never even [saw] myself playing basketball, growing up I was playing football," said Trayvon Reed. "For me to make it this far in my basketball career, it's a blessing." (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Trayvon Reed, a 7-foot-1, 235-pound freshman center who is one of the centerpieces in Maryland’s top 10 recruiting class, will miss summer workouts with a fractured right ankle, Terps men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon said Tuesday.

Reed suffered the injury, which will keep him off the court “eight to 12 weeks,” in April. 

After showing up at the Capital Classic all-star game in Northern Virginia in a walking boot on what he said was a “sprained right ankle," Reed said he got hurt “running bases” at the Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J.

The four-star recruit, who is originally from Mobile, Ala., and also spent time outside Atlanta, finished up high school playing for former No. 1 NBA draft pick and college star Pervis Ellison.

The ankle fracture was discovered during a pre-participation physical. The Terps began workouts on Monday in College Park. 

The injury to Reed will give sophomore center Damonte Dodd more of a chance to play with the first-team during summer workouts. Now listed at 6 foot 11 and 240 pounds, Dodd played sparingly as a freshman behind Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare.

Mitchell and Cleare were among the five players who left the Terps after the season.

Reed is one of two 7-footers who are part of a recruiting class ranked No. 9 by ESPN. Michal Cekovsky of Slovakia, who committed to the Terps in April and signed his letter of intent two weeks ago, is considered more of a “stretch 4” because of his ability to shoot outside.

No surgery will be required for Reed, who is expected to be back for the start of preseason practice in late September or early October, depending on when the Terps will open their first season in the Big Ten.

don.markus@baltsun.com