It's a scene that Charlie Villanueva is very familiar with -- the ABCD ADIDAS camp in Teaneck, New Jersey. It was only last year that Villanueva played at this event. Heading into last summer, Villanueva had visions of both the NBA and college. Eventually, Villanueva settled in on the University of Connecticut as his choice.
"I am very excited about playing for Connecticut," Villanueva said. "They run the ball. They have a great style of play."
Villanueva, sporting his McDonald's All American uniform at yesterday's night session, was like the Pope rolling into a European city. Many stood up and shook his hand. Villanueva exchanged hugs with many good-wishers. "It's always good to see friends," said Villanueva, a 6-10 swingman from Blair Academy in New Jersey.
When asked if he felt Connecticut could win the National Championship this upcoming season, Villanueva stated: "Yes, for sure."
Villanueva also paid attention to the June NBA draft. "I was the only one (from high school ranks) to pull out," Villanueva said. "And they all got drafted."
But Villanueva expressed thanks to his family and friends for helping him through the process. "I just have to work hard," Villanueva said. "Connecticut is a great program. It's going to be fun to play there."