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Georgia 7-footer given a second chance by Auburn

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Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has 4 commits in 6 days (AP file)

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has 4 commits in 6 days (AP file)

Auburn has given a second chance to Trayvon Reed, who signed with Maryland out of Shiloh High School but was unable to enroll after getting arrested earlier this month.

The 7-foot-1 center currently attends prep school and is expected to enroll at Auburn in January.

On Thursday, Reed visited with new Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, and school officials won him over with the promise of a second chance.

“That’s what the president of the school and the athletics director told Trayvon — they were like ‘Auburn is the second-chance university,’” Reed’s AAU coach, Winfred Jordan, told the AJC. “They gave Bruce Pearl a second chance. The athletic director said they gave him a second chance.

“That’s what life is about – giving people second chances and believing in them. Auburn is giving Trayvon a chance to proceed in life and become a better man.”

Reed, who was rated as a 4-star and the nation’s No. 90 overall player, picked Auburn over South Florida and UTEP. “There were a few other schools, but he had some stuff he was going through that we had to get him through first,” Jordan said. “Auburn was just the one invested the right time and did the right things.”

Earlier this month, Reed was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault of a police officer and theft under $100. The trouble started when two policemen saw Reed put an ice cream bar and two candy bars in his pocket at a 7-Eleven. Reed will appear in court on Sept. 15 in Hyattsville, Md., per al.com.

Does Reed have any regrets it didn’t work out at Maryland? “He has the upmost respect for Maryland,” Jordan said. “He liked it there. He just feels like God gave him a second chance, and that sometimes things happen for a reason. This might work out for him better at Auburn.

“He has no regrets. What I try to teach him out of all of this is to ‘use your past to make you a better you.’ But don’t dwell on it to the point it will hurt you as you try to proceed forward in life. You can’t forget it. You’ve got to always keep it in mind, but don’t let it hurt you.

“He really wanted to be a part of that Maryland team because his high school teammate, Robert Carter, transferred there. This situation at Auburn will be a great situation for him. He’s excited about it.”

Playing basketball at Auburn will be a homecoming of sorts for Reed.

“This brought him back closer to his roots,” Jordan said. “He grew up in Montgomery prior to him moving to Atlanta. He’s a native of Mobile, Alabama. And he has a lot of respect for Bruce Pearl. Trayvon thought that he would thrive in that system that he’s watched and observed. He has a good feel on what Bruce does. So that’s what brought him back closer to home.

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