Sometime this week, Charlie Villanueva, the 6-foot-10 senior forward from Blair Academy in New Jersey, will take his last steps of trying to make a dream come true as a high school player. Villanueva, according to a source close to the talented big man from New York City, will workout for two NBA teams, perhaps more. A source close to Villanueva tells RivalsHoops.com on Saturday morning that Charlie will probably showcase his skills to Memphis and Dallas in a workout session.
Villanueva has until June 19th to make a decision. And decision time is rapidly approaching. Awaiting Villanueva's decision is also the Connecticut basketball program. Villanueva had given a commitment to coach Jim Calhoun and his staff a couple of weeks back.
Villanueva has to decide risking putting his name into the June 2003 NBA draft or playing some college basketball to help increase his stock. Long Island Panthers head coach Gary Charles is now staying quiet about Villanueva's future. Charles has stated Villanueva is still receiving information on where he would be drafted and who might be interested.
Villanueva could be a great asset to the Connecticut offense. Villanueva has tremendous range on his jumper and also can smack you around in transition with his dunks. In a few days, Connecticut fans will know for sure if Villanueva plans on making the Big East team a sure preseason number one ranked team in the polls.