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Former Jayhawk Gethro Muscadin seriously injured in rollover crash south of Topeka

Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 10:41 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A former University of Kansas basketball player was seriously injured in a single-vehicle, rollover crash early Thursday on Interstate 335 along the Kansas Turnpike just south of Topeka, authorities said.

The former player was identified on the Kansas Highway Patrol crash report as Jacque Muscadin, though he was known by the first name of Gethro when he played basketball at Kansas as a freshman during the 2020-21 season.

Muscadin had transferred to the University of New Mexico for the 2021-22 season, but had left the Lobos’ program in the past week

The crash in which Muscadin was injured was reported at 3:10 a.m. Thursday on southbound I-335 in Osage County, about 14 miles south of Topeka on the turnpike.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Muscadin was a passenger in a 2018 Ford vehicle that was headed south on I-335 when it left the roadway, rolled multiple times and came to rest in a fence line.

The patrol said Muscadin, 21, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. The patrol said Muscadin wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

The driver, Alaceyia Howard, 21, of Wichita, also was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital with injuries that were believed to be minor. The patrol said Howard was wearing her seat belt.

Muscadin, a native of Haiti, played his freshman season at KU before transferring to the University of New Mexico for this season.

He left the New Mexico program this past week after playing in 12 games in the 2021-22 season for the Lobos.

Head coach Bill Self said Friday Muscadin attended attended Kansas’ 88-61 win over Nevada as a fan on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.

“Gethro, he’s definitely fighting for his life. And it will be a very, very, very, very long recovery if he’s able to get through this. So praying for a miracle.”

Bill Self on former player Gethro Muscadin

”After the game, he called me at 9:56. I didn’t pick up because I didn’t have my phone on me,” Self said. “It’s not good guys. Fortunately, the driver I believe is going to be okay, maybe not be easy, but be okay. But Gethro, he’s definitely fighting for his life. And it will be a very, very, very, very long recovery if he’s able to get through this. So praying for a miracle.”

Several of Muscadin’s former coaches -- including Self and Richard Pitino at New Mexico -- posted Tweets on Thursday after the crash.

Coaches were asking people to pray for Muscadin after he suffered critical injuries in the crash.

Muscadin, a 6-10 forward, committed to play basketball at Kansas in November 2019 while he was enrolled at Aspire Academy in Louisville, Ky.

He previously played basketball while attending Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, a suburb of Wichita.

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