Friday , Feb , 16 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Illini’s Jamar Smith out for season; Carlwell out of hospital

Champaign, IL (Sports Network) – Illinois head coach Bruce Weber announced
Friday sophomore center Jamar Smith will miss the remainder of the season
after being involved in a traffic accident Monday night.

Freshman center Brian Carlwell, who was also involved in the accident and was
hospitalized with a concussion, was released from Carle Foundation Hospital
Friday afternoon. He is expected to attend Illinois’ home game versus
Northwestern on Sunday.

Smith, who also suffered a concussion, was averaging 8.1 points and 1.9
assists.

“It has been mutually agreed upon between myself and Jamar Smith and his
family, that he sit out the remainder of this season so that he can focus all
of his attention on the physical, emotional, academic and other related issues
he will face in the coming weeks,” Weber said. “As I said Wednesday, this is a
very difficult time for Jamar. Our coaches, players and program will continue
to support him as he deals with this situation.”

Carlwell is averaging 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds.

Both players were hurt when their car hit a tree in heavy snow.

ILLINOIS