Price critical but showing improvement

Updated: October 13, 2004, 1:24 AM ET
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut freshman guard A.J. Price remains in critical condition at Hartford Hospital more than a week after having a brain hemorrhage.

Price was rushed to the hospital Oct. 4 and has been in critical condition since, but family members said Tuesday he is responding to therapy and slowly showing improvement.

Through a hospital spokesman, the family issued a statement expressing their thanks for all the well wishes they have received.

"They are particularly appreciative of the respect that has been shown for the privacy of AJ as well as for them," the statement said.

His family has been at his side since he took ill. Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun also has been a regular visitor.

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

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