Trayvon Reed dismissed from Maryland basketball team, won’t enroll

Maryland freshman center Trayvon Reed is no longer on the men’s basketball team and will not enroll at the school, Maryland officials announced Friday afternoon.

Reed was arrested Wednesday night in College Park and charged with four counts, including two of second-degree assault. One of those charges includes second-degree assault of a police officer. Reed was also charged with resisting arrest and theft of less than $100. He is scheduled to appear in district court in Hyattsville on Sept. 15.

“Trayvon failed to meet the standards that are required by the University of Maryland athletics department.” Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement.

The highly touted, 7-foot-1 Reed was expected to be a centerpiece in the Terrapins’ plan to shore up a front court hit hard by transfers during the offseason. A Georgia native who starred at Life Center Academy in New Jersey last year, Reed had been rehabilitating a fractured ankle, which the team discovered during a physical in June. He was expected to be out 8 to 12 weeks with the injury, but was released from the team on Friday morning.

“I regret that I was unable to meet the responsibilities that were expected of me from Coach Turgeon and the University of Maryland,” Reed said in a statement.

A source with knowledge of Reed’s academic standing confirmed Friday that Reed – like all other incoming freshman – hadn’t yet been cleared to play before he was dismissed, as his academic transcript was still being processed by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Reed, who committed to the Terps last August, was rated the eighth-best center in the country by ESPN last year, and both Rivals and Scout.com ranked him a four-star recruit.

Although Maryland has two quality big men in 6-foot-10 sophomore Damonte Dodd and 7-foot freshman Michal Cekovsky, the loss of Reed figures to be a setback for the program both in a present and future sense. Reed was one of the gems of Turgeon’s 2014 recruiting class, and his length and defensive ability were coveted assets considering the school lost transfers in center Shaquille Cleare and forward  Charles Mitchell during the spring.

“We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to Coach Turgeon and the Maryland basketball program,” said Daniel Moore, Reed’s stepfather, in a statement. “We regret that Trayvon has to leave Maryland and miss out on this great opportunity.”

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