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Former Terps basketball recruit Trayvon Reed sentenced to 15 days in jail

Former Maryland basketball player Trayvon Reed, whose brief career in College Park ended abruptly last July when he was arrested on theft and assault charges, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 days in jail.

According to al.com, a Maryland judge ordered Reed, now a freshman center at Auburn, to begin his sentence on May 11. Reed pleaded guilty to second-degree misdemeanor assault in December.

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Along with point guard Melo Trimble, the 7-1 1/2 Reed was considered the centerpiece of a top-10 recruiting class when he was arrested last July after scuffling with police outside a College Park 7-Eleven.

The incident began when a plainclothes police officer inside the convenience store observed Reed putting two candy bars and an ice-cream bar inside the pocket of his sweat pants and left the store without paying.

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After the officer identified himself outside the store and told Reed to surrender the shoplifted items, Reed ran off despite still being in a protective boot because he was recovering from a broken ankle.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon announced the next day that Reed had been dismissed from the team. He left school and after spending time at a basketball academy in Florida, enrolled at Auburn.

In 23 games with the Tigers last season, Reed averaged 1.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocked shots while playing less than nine minutes a game. Reed will remain at Auburn.

"Travyon understands he must be held accountable for his actions," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement. "I'm proud of how Trayon is learning from his mistake and taken advantage of his opportunity to become a better student, teammate and citizen, and I understand the judge also recognized how well he has conducted himself academically and in community service. I look forward to helping him continue to mature and having him back on campus to start his summer semester classes."

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In a statement, Reed said "I want to thank coach Pearl for standing by me, not only today, but since I decided to come to Auburn. I am very sorry for my actions last summer. Coach teaches us that we must own up to and learn from our mistakes and I have. I look forward to putting this behind me and returning to school with my coaches, teammates and the rest of the Auburn family."

Neither Reed nor his attorney, David Putzi of Glen Burnie, could be reached for comment.

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