Price critical but showing improvement

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.