Maryland incoming freshman center Trayvon Reed will miss 8 to 12 weeks with a fractured right ankle, the school announced in a statement Tuesday evening.
The highly touted 7-foot-1 center initially suffered the injury in April while in high school, but the fracture was re-discovered during a pre-physical examination at Maryland, according to the statement.
Reed remains in “great spirits,” said his father, Daniel Moore, in a telephone conversation Tuesday night. The blow does not come as a great surprise, as Reed injured the ankle while attending Life Center Academy in New Jersey in April. He received medical attention after the injury, Moore said, and Reed was seen in a boot while sitting out the Capital Classic in Alexandria in April.
“He didn’t think it was all that bad … a little fracture, maybe a little hairline, something going on with his ankle,” Moore said. “It’s just healing now. I don’t think it’s anything major.”
The injury will not require surgery, but will nonetheless be an early setback for a player expected to make an immediate impact on the interior for the Terrapins. Maryland lost two of it most productive big men earlier this offseason when center Shaquille Cleare and forward Charles Mitchell transferred.
A Georgia native , Reed is one of two 7-footers joining the program, alongside international center Michal Cekovsky, and the two are expected to shore up the front court with their different skill sets. Although he is expected to continue adding polish as an offensive player, Reed should bring the defensive shot-blocking style that Maryland coveted when it recruited him.
This is the first long-term injury of Reed’s career, Moore added.
“I just believe that anything that don’t kill you, makes you stronger,” Moore said. “Just cheering him on, I don’t put no expectations on him. I’d like to see him do well, but I think he’s putting expectations on himself. So we’ll just have to wait and see.”