COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland freshman center Trayvon Reed is tall. And he has a fracture in his right ankle. Tall players and ankle fractures mean measured recoveries and a sizeable dose of patience.
The program announced the injury in a statement two weeks ago, saying it was discovered during a team physical and dates back to Reed’s time in high school.
On Monday morning in an interview with Comcast SportsNet, head coach Mark Turgeon laid out Maryland’s plan for Reed as he works back to full strength.
“We’re hoping we get his cast off in the middle of August and can start doing some things with him,” he said, meaning the freshman could begin the types of workout sessions permissible under NCAA rules during the summer months.
“That would still give him September, October, a couple months to get ready.”
The 7-1 native of Georgia is the literal centerpiece of Maryland’s 2014 class, a shot blocker and rebounder who needs work as he continues to develop his game on the offensive side of the floor.
Being that he’s not able to get on the court directly, Turgeon’s staff is still doing what it can to help Reed transition seamlessly into the preseason once he recovers.
“There’s no doubt him missing the summer hurts him,” he said. “He continues to do things. Things that we did with Alex [Len] when Alex broke his ankle, obviously he’s not running up and down the court and doing that kind of stuff.
“He’s getting stronger, which is important. It’s a setback for him because we are allowed to do things with him in the summer. But, sometimes kids can sit there and watch and learn.”