Louisville establishes fund to help Maybin

Updated: August 12, 2003, 7:15 PM ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Louisville has established a fund to help former basketball player Marques Maybin, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident.

Maybin, who turns 25 on Sept. 17, remained in serious condition Tuesday in the surgical intensive care unit at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was injured in an Aug. 5 crash in Clarksville, Tenn., his hometown.

Maybin played professionally in Lebanon and France after leaving Louisville in 2001, but was not currently under contract to a team and doesn't have medical insurance.

The university set up the fund through Kentucky-based Republic Bank, which has 16 branches in Louisville.

Jonathan Israel, a close friend of Maybin's who now works for the school's alumni association, visited Maybin last weekend and said he was in good spirits.

"The trademark smile was there. His body's pretty banged up, but mentally, he's there," Israel said. "We joked and laughed and caught up on some things."

Israel said Maybin had full use of his arms and upper body, but was "stiff" from the waist down.

"(Doctors) have told him there is a chance he may never walk again," Israel said. "It's going to be a long rehab, a long process."

Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum, who Maybin played for from 1997-2001, said his work ethic and positive attitude will help him through the ordeal.

"I never saw him without a smile. That was his basic nature," said Crum, who retired in 2001. "If there's any way he can rehabilitate from something like this, I know he'll do it."

Maybin scored 1,624 points, 12th on Louisville's career list. His 156 3-pointers rank fourth and his 95 dunks rank sixth in school history.

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