August 23, 2007

Illini's Smith to sit out season after DUI conviction

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -Illinois guard Jamar Smith will sit out next season following a drunken-driving conviction.

Coach Bruce Weber said Wednesday Smith will redshirt and rejoin the team next fall as a junior if he meets unspecified obligations.

"He's in the process of meeting his legal obligations while continuing to work on his personal issues," Weber said in a statement. "We feel at this time it's in Jamar's best interest that he sit out the 2007-08 season."

Smith, a 6-foot-3 guard from Peoria, pleaded guilty in May to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 24 months of probation.

Authorities say Smith and teammate Brian Carlwell drank tequila and beer before getting into a crash last February. Smith, who allegedly believed Carlwell was dead, left the accident scene and drove the damaged car back to his apartment, authorities said.

The accident left Carlwell hospitalized for four days with a severe concussion

Smith, then too young to drink legally, had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the state's legal limit of .08.

Neither Smith nor Carlwell played after the accident.

Smith, now 21, averaged 8.1 points in 21 games, starting six. He was the Illini's top 3-point threat before the accident. He could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

Weber also said Wednesday that Illinois awaits word on whether another guard, freshman Quinton Watkins, will be eligible to play this season. Watkins is home in California trying to clear up his status, Weber said.



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