The University of Maryland Basketball Program was dealt a serious blow today as freshman center Trayvon Reed was dismissed from the team as a result of an arrest which occurred on Wednesday night.
Reed was at a 7-11 in Prince George’s County and he attempted to steal 2 candy bars and an ice cream bar by placing the items in his pockets before plain-clothes cops tried to question him. As Reed was about to be handcuffed he attempted to flee the scene while also hitting the hand of the undercover cop. Reed was then arrested and charged with theft of under $100, 2nd degree assault and resisting arrest.
In a statement released by University of Maryland Head Basketball Coach Mark Turgeon, “Trayvon failed to meet the standards that are required by the University of Maryland athletics department.”
Although Reed was dismissed from the team and university due to his arrest he is not the only player to leave the program during the offseason as Seth Allen, Roddy Peters, Charles Mitchell, Shaquille Cleare and Nick Faust all handed in transfer requests which were granted by Mark Turgeon.
Reed was supposed to be a part of the highly-touted 2014 freshman class along with Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and Michal Cekovsky, however, it appears his dreams of playing for the University of Maryland have been dashed.
The dismissal leaves Mark Turgeon’s squad even more short-handed than what had previously been anticipated after the 5 players transferred away from the program earlier this year.
Freshman Michael Cekovsky and sophomore Damonte Dodd will be forcibly thrust into bigger roles than had previously been thought during the upcoming season
Dodd had a lackluster freshman season as he was unable to garner any regular playing time and was missing from games for long stretches of the season. Cekovsky has received high praise from his coaches as well as Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. However, Cekovsky was recruited from Slovakia so the transition to basketball in the United States could prove to be a difficult one especially in his first season with the Terps.