Trayvon Reed, one of the stars of Maryland’s 2014 recruiting class, was arrested on Wednesday of this week. On Friday, the school announced that the 7-foot-1 center would not be allowed to join the program.
And it all could have been avoided if Reed had decided that he wanted to spend $5.59 on snacks at a 7-Eleven.
Here’s how it went down, according to court documents obtained by the Baltimore Sun: two undercover officers were in a 7-Eleven next to the Maryland campus. Reed came in and was seen by an officer putting a Twix ice cream bar into his pocket. The officer followed Reed and an unidentified male friend into the parking lot and tried to arrest him, at which point Reed resisted, fighting the officer with his hands and breaking two of the officer’s fingers.
Both of the cops were needed in order to subdue Reed.
In addition to the Twix ice cream bar, Reed also had four-pack of Reese’s peanut butter cups and a two-pack of King Size Reese’s peanut butter cups.
What’s that all mean?
Reed has lost his scholarship to Maryland and has been charged with second-degree assault, second degree assault of a police officer, theft under $100 and resisting arrest all because he didn’t want to pay for $5.59 worth of candy and fought a cop when he was caught shoplifting it. According to the Sun, the assault charges both carry maximum sentences of 10-years in prison, while the resisting arrest charge could net him three years.
This is just the latest in a long line of frustrating, sometimes head-scratching issues for Maryland this offseason. Five players — Seth Allen, Nick Faust, Roddy Peters, Shaq Cleare and Charles Mitchell — already transferred out of the program this season.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.
For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.
THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.
The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR
1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.
2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.
3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.
4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.
5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
- No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
- No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.
No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.
Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.
But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.
It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:
After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”: