Freshman remains in neurological ICU

10/11/2004 - Connecticut Huskies

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut freshman guard A.J. Price remained in critical condition in the neurological intensive care unit at Hartford Hospital on Monday morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Members of UConn's coaching staff have not discussed Price's condition and have not speculated about his prognosis, citing student privacy laws as well as respect for Price family members. Officials did reiterate that Price is conscious and talking. There is no timetable for his release from the hospital.

Price, who turned 18 Thursday, was not feeling well Sept. 29 and his condition progressively worsened. He was admitted to Hartford Hospital on Oct. 4 after first going to Windham Hospital near the Storrs campus for evaluation for flu-like symptoms. He was flown to Hartford and placed in intensive care.

Hartford Hospital issued a statement on Oct. 5 that read, "the public should know that he is not contagious and does not represent a public health concern."

"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 last week. "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, who led Amityville (N.Y.) to two state high school championships, was expected to challenge sophomore Marcus Williams at the point as the defending champs search for a replacement for the departed Taliek Brown.

The Huskies begin practicing Oct. 16 and have continued to go through conditioning and individual workouts on campus.

ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz contributed to this report. Information from The Associated Press also was used.