Trayvon Reed’s career as a Maryland basketball player has ended before it even began, after his arrest Wednesday night in College Park caused the athletic department to prohibit him from enrolling in classes.
In a brief statement released Friday by the athletic department, Maryland men’s coach Mark Turgeon said “Trayvon failed to meet the standards that are required by the university athletics department.”
When reached by telephone, Turgeon declined to comment on the charges pending against the 7-foot-1 center, including second-degree assault, second degree assault of a police officer, theft under $100 and resisting arrest.
Reed's hearing is scheduled for Prince George’s County District Court in Hyattsville on Sept. 15.
Reed was arrested shortly before midnight Wednesday following an incident outside a 7-Eleven convenience store on Route 1, adjacent to campus.
According to court documents, two plainclothes officers working in the store saw Reed putting a Twix ice cream bar into his pants pocket and leaving the store without paying.
When one of the officers saw Reed take the ice cream from his pocket in the parking lot, the officer showed his identification to Reed and an unidentified male companion and told Reed he was under arrest.
As the officer tried to arrest him, Reed tried to run away but the officer grabbed him. A scuffle ensued and police said Reed fought the officer “with his hands” and struck the officer on the left hand.
The officer, who needed the help of his partner to subdue Reed, wound up with two broken fingers.
Aside from the ice cream bar, valued at $2.11, police found in Reed’s possession a four-pack of Reese’s Cups also priced at $2.11 as well as a two-pack of King Sized Reese’s Cups worth $1.37.
The second-degree assault charges carry sentences of 10 years each, and fines ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 (for assaulting an officer). The theft charge carries a maximum term of 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine; resisting arrest carries a maximum term of three years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Reed transferred for his senior year of high school to the Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., specifically to help give him a better academic foundation for college as well as learn how to play center under the tutelage of Life Center coach Pervis Ellison, a former NBA player and college star at Louisville.
Ellison, whose son, Malik, is currently being recruited by Maryland, could not be reached for comment.
In the statement released by Maryland, Reed said: “I regret that I was unable to meet the responsibilities that were expected of me from Coach Turgeon and the University of Maryland.”
In the same statement, Reed’s stepfather thanked Turgeon and the Terps for giving his stepson a chance.
“We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to Coach Turgeon and the Maryland basketball program,” Daniel Moore said. “We regret that Trayvon has to leave Maryland and miss out on this great opportunity.”
When reached Friday afternoon by The Baltimore Sun, Reed answered the call but then quickly hung up.
Neither Moore nor Reed’s mother, Nikki Reed, could be reached for comment at their home outside Atlanta. Nikki Reed moved the family from Mobile, Ala. — first to Montgomery, Ala., and eventually to Snellville — after her older son was incarcerated for robbery.
Nikki Reed told The Sun in January that she told an 11-year-old Trayvon Reed “you’re going to do something special with your life.”
Sitting in the gymnasium at the Life Center Academy in January, Trayvon Reed said his older brother, Jacoby, himself a former high school basketball star, “basically is telling me to be the opposite of him, don't do what he did, keep positive people around you, and just go hard … that's the only way you're going to get out.'
“He said, 'You see the struggle I went through. Follow your dreams, the sky's the limit.”
Reed had not taken part in summer workouts in College Park after breaking his ankle playing softball at Life Center Academy in April.
Reed’s eligibility for the upcoming season was still in question since his academic transcript — like other incoming freshmen — was being processed by the NCAA Clearinghouse, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Known mostly as a shotblocker whom Turgeon compared to former Georgetown and NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, Reed was expected to help give the Terps a defensive presence inside that they lacked since Alex Len left for the NBA after the 2012-13 season.
The loss of Reed will likely be off-set by the arrival of Michal Cekovsky, a 7-footer from Slovakia, as well as the improvement of 6-11 sophomore Damonte Dodd.
Reed was part of a top-10 recruiting class that also included McDonald’s All-American guard Melo Trimble. Coming in the aftermath of a tumultuous spring that saw five players leave the program for a variety of reasons — a couple not by their own choice — Turgeon thought he had turned a rather unpleasant chapter.
It seems the chapter was a little longer than he hoped.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun