Williams might be arrested on return from Argentina

Updated: August 13, 2005, 12:17 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Connecticut junior guard Marcus Williams could be arrested on similar larceny charges as teammate A.J. Price was Friday, once Williams returns from Argentina on Monday from the FIBA U21 World Championships.

Multiple sources told ESPN.com that efforts were being made to ensure that Williams flies back to Hartford from Dallas instead of home to Los Angeles. The U.S. team is due to arrive in Dallas from Buenos Aires on Monday before going their separate ways home.

USA Basketball spokesperson Caroline Williams (no relation to Marcus Williams) told ESPN.com by phone from Argentina that Williams was only available to discuss the U.S. play in Argentina and its games Saturday and Sunday instead of anything to do with the case in Connecticut.

Williams said she was referring any other queries to the University of Connecticut.

Price was arrested Friday because of his alleged connection to stolen laptops on the UConn campus. He surrendered to police and was charged with three felony larceny charges, as well as lying to police, which is a misdemeanor.

The Hartford Courant reported that police said they expected to make two more arrests, but would not name the others who are wanted.

Price is due in court on Aug. 23. Sources said Williams, and a third person whom sources say is a friend of Williams, would also likely be in court that day.

Multiple sources told ESPN.com Friday night that the Price arrest and likely arrest of Williams were expected in the process of moving this case along, which began in early June when the thefts occurred on campus.

Sources said once the legal system is finished, the University Student Code of Conduct would take effect. Price, and likely Williams, would then have to go in front of the Student Affairs committee where their penalties could range from dismissal from the dorms, where the stolen laptops were found to semester suspension to expulsion to nothing at all.

Any basketball-related penalty wouldn't come until after the Student Affairs committee is through with players.

If Williams and Price, the two projected point guards on the national contending Huskies (assuming Price is medically cleared from his brain hemorrhage of last season) are gone, the Huskies have a gaping hole at the point.

Connecticut would then hand the position to freshman point guard Robert Garrison of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and combo guard Craig Austrie of Trinity Catholic High in Stamford, Conn.

Williams was 1-for-6 for two points, with no assists and one turnover in 19 minutes in Friday's stunning 93-90 overtime loss to Canada in the quarterfinals of the U21 World Championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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