Aug. 17, 2005
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut guards Marcus Williams and A.J. Price were suspended from the team on Wednesday after the duo were arrested in connection to the theft of four laptop computers.
Williams, the Huskies' starting point guard, was arrested Tuesday and faces four counts of third-degree larceny, which carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. Price, a redshirt freshman, was charged on Friday.
"They are barred indefinitely from all team activities, and their academic and personal activities will be closely monitored on a daily basis by the members of our basketball staff," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "They will continue to have complete access to all of the academic support staff so they can focus their energies on their studies."
Police said they expect to make one more arrest in the case.
Williams surrendered to campus police just hours after returning from Argentina, where he competed on the U.S. team in the men's Under 21 championships.
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 and Price had been expected to shore up UConn's backcourt, a position beset by off-court problems. Price missed last season after a brain hemorrhage in October and had not yet been medically cleared for this coming year. Williams missed most of the 2003-04 national championship season because of academic problems.
Guard Antonio Kellogg was expelled in April at the end of his freshman season after being charged with marijuana possession and assaulting a police officer.
Williams and Price are free on $10,000 bond and are due in court on Aug. 23.