It appears Trayvon Reed will not be on the Auburn roster to begin the season for the second straight year.
According to a report from Matthew Stevens of the Montgomery Advertiser on Friday evening, Reed has not enrolled in classes this semester for “personal reasons” but is expected to re-enroll for the spring.
Reed, a top-100 recruit in the Class of 2014, began his college career with a brief stint at Maryland. He was dismissed from the team following a July 2014 arrest. He committed to Bruce Pearl and Auburn the next month, but wasn’t eligible to play until the second semester. In 23 appearances, the 7-foot-2 center averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.9 minutes per game.
An Auburn spokesperson told the Montgomery Advertiser that there is a possibility that Reed redshirts this season to preserve a full year of eligibility.
Auburn should make strides in Pearl’s second year, but it’s still early in the rebuilding process. Top rebounder Cinmeon Bowers returns and will be joined by Providence graduate transfer Tyler Harris and four-star forwards Danjel Purifoy and Horace Spencer on the frontline. Shooting guard T.J. Dunans, another f0ur-star recruit in Pearl’s first recruiting class, joins the back court along with Marshall transfer Kareem Canty.
Auburn begins the 2015-16 season at home against UAB on Nov. 13.
Auburn center Trayvon Reed has been released from jail, head coach Bruce Pearl confirmed during the SEC meetings in Florida.
“He is on his road to recovery,” Pearl told the Montgomery Advisor. “He’ll be back this summer. He will be back in school this summer.”
Reed, who initially planned to enroll at Maryland, was arrested last July in College Park. He was seen by a police officer shoplifting less than $6 worth of snacks, and when the officer tried to arrest him, Reed fought back and broke fingers on the officer’s hand. He eventually enrolled at Auburn in December, playing sparingly for the Tigers for the final three months of the season. In April, he was sentenced to 15 days in prison.
Reed is expected to return to campus at some point this summer.
7-footer Trayvon Reed was expected to be part of Maryland’s talented freshman class last season, but an arrest for shoplifting in July ended his time as a member of the program before the season ever began. Reed ultimately wound up at Auburn, joining Bruce Pearl’s program in December and playing sparingly for the Tigers.
On Wednesday Reed’s legal case was finally resolved, with a Maryland court ruling that he has to serve 15 days in jail for the second degree misdemeanor assault charge that he pleaded guilty to in December. That charge stemmed from Reed attempting to get away from an (out of uniform) officer who suffered a broken finger in the process.
“I want to thank coach Pearl for standing by me, not only today, but since I decided to come to Auburn,” Reed said in a release according to AL.com. “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.”
Reed’s sentence is scheduled to begin May 11, and he will remain a member of the Auburn basketball program.