Anthony Jordan Price is an American basketball player who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. The point guard out of UConn was drafted as the 52nd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, whom he would play with for three seasons.
High School career
As a high school basketball player, A.J. helped Amityville Memorial High School appear in three straight Long Island Championships. As the 2x Newsday Suffolk County Player of the Year, Price also participated in the 2004 Jordan Classic, where he scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, shooting 3-of-8 from the field.
The Connecticut alumnus suffered from arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a condition that caused bleeding in the brain, causing him to miss his freshman season with the defending national champions. Although many were disappointed at seeing Price off the court, he said "I'm just happy to be alive."
Before getting to the basketball court, A.J. Price along with his teammate and Marcus Williams, were both arrested for attempting to sell stolen computers. He was also suspended from the university for the 2005-06 semester, being released on a $10,000 bond.
His first season on the court was 2006, Price's sophomore year, starting in 23 of the 31 games in the regular season. By the end of the season, the sophomore averaged 9.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, and 3.7 APG while being limited to 24.0 minutes off the bench.
In the 2007-2008 college basketball season, A.J. Price was the second-leading scorer on his team behind Jeff Adrien. Only after the season itself began, he was named to the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic All-Tournament Team and was the Coaches vs Cancer Classic Storrs Regional MVP. After this more successfull junior year, several awards and honors such as being named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's All-American Second Team and the All-ACC First Team came to him. In the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Price tore his ACL and was forced to sit out while watching his team lose by one point in overtime to San Diego.
His last and clearly his most successful season came in 2008-09. Recovering from a torn ACL, A.J. Price fired back and led the team in scoring, topping Jeff Adrien. He led his team to the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, helping his team by nailing a game-tying fadeaway three-point jumper while time expired against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Although Michigan State topped A.J. Price and the Huskies in the semifinals, the "most outstanding player in the West Region" was still named to the All-AAC Second Team and the AAC All-Tournament Team.
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