Report: UConn's Williams applies for probation

UConn junior guard Marcus Williams applied for a special form of probation during a court appearance Tuesday, The Hartford Courant reported.

Williams, who was in court on third degree larceny charges, would face two years of probation if terms of the court were met, and the charges would be dropped. His next court appearance is Sept. 13.

Williams and teammate A.J. Price are accused of stealing four laptop computers from dormitory rooms in June.
Price faces four counts of felony larceny, plus a count of making a false statement to police. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Both players have been suspended by coach Jim Calhoun and could also face university hearings.

Police said Williams and two others tried to sell the computers at several locations in Manchester. Employees at a pawn shop in Manchester recognized Williams as soon as he entered the store and told him they did not take laptop computers, police said.

The four laptops, which have a total value of $11,000, have been recovered.

Williams was expected to be the starting point guard. If Williams were expelled or suspended, the Huskies would be looking at newcomers Robert Garrison of Niagara Falls, N.Y., or combo guard Craig Austrie at the point.

Garrison was a late pickup in the spring signing period and suddenly could be thrust into a starting role with a loaded cast around him, including potential all-American forwards junior Josh Boone and sophomore Rudy Gay and veteran senior guards Rashad Anderson and Denham Brown.

The Big East's most improved player in 2005, Williams started all 31 games last season, averaging 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists a game, good for third nationally. He scored 22 points and dished out 16 assists in the second-round NCAA Tournament loss to N.C. State.