Charlie Villanueva, the 6-10 multi-purpose forward from Blair Academy in New Jersey, told RivalsHoops.com that it's likely his decision on jumping from high school to the NBA will be determined on how he does in the all star games he plays in.
"I am going to see how I do at the Roundball game and the McDonald's game," Villanueva said. "If I do well there then I might decide to go."
When asked if he is still 80/20 leaning to playing in college, Villanueva said: "Yes."
Villanueva said he would remain true to his verbal commitment if he decided to play college ball. But it would certainly be an interesting moment if he announced to go to the NBA at the Roundball game since the all star event is being held in Illinois. Villanueva has given a verbal commitment to Bill Self's program. "I would hope they would respond in a positive way no matter what I decide," Villanueva said.
Villanueva said he stays in touch with the Illinois staff. "They have a great team and school," he said. "I saw the Michigan State game the other day. They looked great."
Who will help Villanueva with his decision? "Sonny Vaccaro, Gary Charles (AAU coach), my brothers, my coach (Joe Mantegna) and my parents," Villanueva said. "It's a tough decision but I am going to listen to what they have to say."