Hospital: Undisclosed illness 'not contagious'

Updated: October 6, 2004, 7:52 PM ET news services

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut freshman guard A.J. Price was in critical condition at Hartford Hospital on Tuesday with an undisclosed illness, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"The public should know that he is not contagious and does not represent a public health concern," spokeswoman Lee Monroe said.

School officials, citing federal privacy laws, declined to offer specifics.

"This is a time of remarkable uncertainty for the Price Family and for everyone associated with UConn and the incredible show of support has been uplifting," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said in a statement Wednesday.

"It is with that in mind that I stress that the only concern for the immediate future should be for A.J. and to hope for his complete recovery."

Price was placed in intensive care after being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, the Hartford Courant reported.

"As the Hartford Hospital spokesperson has stated, A.J. is not contagious and does not pose a public health concern," Calhoun said in the statement. "We continue to ask that the privacy of the Price family be respected."

Price, 18, was flown by helicopter Monday from Windham Hospital, where he had gone for evaluation, the newspaper reported.

Price was considered a top national recruit when he was signed by the national champions out of Amityville High School in New York. He led Amityville to two state championships, and averaged 28.5 points last season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.