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Illinois' Carlwell should be released by the weekend

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- An Illinois basketball player injured in a traffic accident earlier this week is expected to make a full
recovery.

Freshman center Brian Carlwell, 19, suffered a severe concussion
Monday night when a car driven by teammate Jamar Smith struck a
tree in heavy snow. Carlwell, who is from Maywood, remained at an
Urbana hospital Thursday in fair condition, according to university
officials.

Coach Bruce Weber said in a statement that Carlwell should be
released from the hospital by this weekend.

Smith, a 19-year-old sophomore guard, suffered a less severe
concussion in the accident. He drove the car from the accident in
Champaign to the apartment complex where he lives, about a mile
away, before authorities were called, university officials have
said.

Two women at the apartment complex who saw the wrecked car
called 911, Brown said.

Police cited Smith for improper lane usage, but have said
further charges are possible depending on the outcome of the
investigation. They have declined comment on details.

The Illini are off until they host Northwestern on Sunday.