Forward - 6'10" - 245 LBS - NCAA: Connecticut - NBA: 9 Years - Born: 8/24/84 (Queens, NY) - Nationality: Hispanic (Dominican Republic)

Charlie Villanueva


About CV

Charlie suffers from an autoimmune skin condition called Alopecia Areata, which affects over 5 million North Americans. Alopecia results in hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body, but the disease is not otherwise life-threatening or harmful, nor contagious. He remains a Spokesperson for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) to help others growing up with the same condition.

Charlie Villanueva is a first-generation Hispanic American, son of Dominican immigrants, Roberto Villanueva and Dora Mejia, born August 24, 1984 and raised in Queens, NY. Villanueva an NBA player who signed a 5-year contract with the Detroit Pistons, back in July 2009, was drafted at the age of 20, 7th overall ( lottery selection ) in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. Charlie Villanueva, best known as – CHARLIE V -


“Charlie is one of the more talented young men I have ever had the opportunity to coach. He leaves here with three championship rings. He is a terrific kid, a special young man. He has great talent, great character, and he wants to be good.”
Jim Calhoun – Hall of Fame, University of Connecticut Head Coach

I just go out there and play hard, people may doubt me, but I always BELIEVE in myself. 

Charlie Villanueva – Madison Square Garden, NYC ( June 2005 )

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RECLAMATION PROJECT: This time, Villanueva hopes to find best fit


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Charlie’s Angels

  • National Alopecia Areata Foundation: Charlie's Angels Program


  • Community: Relations & Events


  • Photoshoot: Biography Collection

Detroit Pistons

  • Detroit Pistons: 2009-14

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Milwaukee Bucks: 2006-09

Toronto Raptors

  • Toronto Raptors: 2005-06


  • Media: Public Relations & Commercial

Dominican Republic National Team

  • Dominican Republic: FIBA Americas Championship

NBA Draft

  • NBA Draft: 2005 Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)

USA Basketball

  • USA Basketball: 2004 FIBA Americas U20 Championship

College Days

  • College: University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

High School Era

  • High School: Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ) / All-American

Crossroads Webisode Week #3: Home

  • 07/22/14: © Tivity Social

Webisode #3 of the 8-webisode documentary filmed style series chronicling the free agency of 9-year NBA veteran Charlie Villanueva.

Title: Home
Airing: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 7:30 PM ET
Exclusively on
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Crossroads Webisode Week #2: The Domino Effect

  • 07/15/14: © Tivity Social

Webisode #2 of the 8-webisode documentary filmed style series chronicling the free agency of 9-year NBA veteran Charlie Villanueva.

Title: The Domino Effect
Airing: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – 7:30 PM ET
Exclusively on
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Crossroads Webisode Week #1: Free Agency Begins

  • 07/08/15: © Tivity Social

Webisode #1 of the 8-webisode documentary filmed style series chronicling the free agency of 9-year NBA veteran Charlie Villanueva.

Title: Free Agency Begins
Airing: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – 7:30 PM ET
Exclusively on
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Crossroads feat. NBA Charlie Villanueva (Official Trailer) – Webisode Series

  • 07/03/14: © Tivity Social

The 8-webisode documentary filmed style series chronicling the free agency of 9-year veteran Charlie Villanueva.

Crossroads is a point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences. NBA Charlie Villanueva is at a crossroads in his career/life. What is next? Where will he play? He has made enough money but has not fulfilled his career aspirations. There is no other crucial point that will have as much consequence in his career as right now. “Crossroads” will document this journey.

NBA Crossroads Official Trailer
Airing: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – 7:30 PM ET (Every Tuesday)
Exclusively on
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Charlie Villanueva: I’d Like to See the Heat Breakup

  • 06/26/14: © VLADTV

Former Pistons, Charlie Villanueva, came by our VladTV headquarters and spoke about the San Antonio Spurs’ recent NBA Finals victory over the Miami Heat. He credited their 4-1 victory to the very effortless team chemistry that the team has built up over the years, and how the players really put the benefit of the team before their own individual success and stats.

While he would like to see the Miami Heat breakup after their loss in the NBA Finals, Charlie doesn’t think that the team should split up just yet. Instead, he thinks it would be best for them to stay united and try to gain a championship victory one more time before calling it quits on one another. He also thinks that the fan slander aimed at the Heat and LeBron James is a bit unfair. It’s interesting, because it has just been confirmed that LeBron may possibly make his exit from the Heat franchise after he chose to exercise his free agent option.

Charlie Villanueva: Not Being Able To Afford Jordans, Favorite Pair

  • 06/24/14: ©

NBA baller Charlie Villanueva took the time to sit down with SneakerWatch and get into a variety of sneaker related topics.

In terms of Jordans, Charlie Villanueva says he couldn’t afford them as a kid and didn’t get his first pair until he was around 16 or 17. He goes on to discuss some topics which compare the state of the game today to back when he was coming up.

In addition to his Jordan stories, Charlie Villanueva also explains which colorway is his favorite and which kicks he rocks on the court.

Check out the full clip to hear all of Charlie Villanueva’s answers!

Charlie Villanueva’s Number #1 Fan

  • 04/14/13: © Detroit Pistons

The Biggest Charlie V. Fan: Larry CV31
Fox Sports Detroit Reporter Shannon Hogan

Charlie Villanueva’s Putback Slam

  • 04/07/13: © Detroit Pistons

Charlie V puts back a Rodney Stuckey miss against the Chicago Bulls on April 7, 2013.

Detroit Pistons: CV Hightlights 2013

  • 2012-13: © Detroit Pistons

NBA Season Hightlights – Charlie Villanueva

Ref: YouTube Video

NBA: Villanueva’s 3 becomes game-winner

  • 02/09/13: © NBA

NBA Game Hightlight – Charlie Villanueva

NBA: Charlie Villanueva Nice Move

  • 12/06/2012: © NBA

NBA Game Hightlight – Charlie Villanueva
Detroit Pistons vs. Golden State Warriors

Charlie Villanueva Habla de su Carrera y Musica

  • 01/24/12: © NBA (en Español) Ene-Be-A Interview by Felip Lopez

Charlie Villanueva en exclusiva en Contacto

  • 12/15/11: © Univision (en Español)

Univision Deportes
Jugará con los Pistons está temporada
by Renato Bermudez, Yerman Salazar

Charlie V First Day Back at Practice

  • 12/01/11: © Detroit Pistons

Charlie Villanueva talked with local media about his first day back at the Pistons practice facility (2010-11 NBA Season).


Pistons Cribs featuring Charlie Villanueva

  • 04/21/11: ©

Take an exclusive tour inside the home of Detroit Pistons Forward Charlie Villanueva, currently the most watched web video on

Charlie Villanueva Talks Twitter

  • 04/05/09: © ESPN

Charlie Villanueva discusses Twitter and J-Rose’s Twitter feed on ESPN’s First Take.

Excel Sports Management
Nike Basketball
Flex Power Performance Healthcare
National Alopecia Areata Foundation



NBA (2009-2014)

NBA (2009-2014)

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NBA (2006-2009)

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NBA (2005-2006)

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The Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON View Details
NBA (2009-2014)

NBA (2009-2014)

The Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MI

The Detroit Pistons are a franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA) based in Auburn Hills, Michigan in Metro Detroit. In 1941, the team was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons, a member of the National Basketball League (NBL). Since moving to Detroit in 1957, the Pistons have won NBA championships in 1989, 1990 and 2004. The team’s home arena is The Palace of Auburn Hills.

NBA (2006-2009)

NBA (2006-2009)

The Bradely Center - Milwaukee, WI

The Milwaukee Bucks are a professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They are part of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and currently plays at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl was the long time owner of the team, with John Hammond as current general manager; as of April 16, 2014 a group led by billionaire hedge fund managers Wesley Edens & Marc Lasry agreed to purchase the team from Kohl, a sale which was approved by the owners of the NBA and its Board of Governors a month later on May 16.

NBA (2005-2006)

NBA (2005-2006)

The Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON

The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario, where their home court is at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors are part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was established in 1995, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, as part of the NBA’s expansion into Canada. When the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee to become the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Raptors became the only Canadian team in the NBA. They originally played their home games at the SkyDome (later renamed Rogers Centre), before moving to the Air Canada Centre in 1999.


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Social Connections

A proponent of social networking and communicating with his fans, Villanueva was one of the first athletes to embrace Twitter [ formally @CV31, now @CVBelieve ], which drew recognizable interest by the NBA league. His honesty and personality have made him a must follow on this platform.

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The Foundation

The Charlie Villanueva Foundation (CVF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, established in the United States and Canada, with three main areas of focus: supporting programs that help eliminate bullying, assisting families affected by Alopecia Areata, as well as assisting families in the poverty-stricken Dominican Republic. The Foundation intends to create outlets of self-expression and growth through education, literacy, health, recreational activities and sports with an emphasis on youth.

Charlie’s Angels on the Road

Special Meet & Greet: While on road playing against the opposing city, Charlie meets with young children and their parents afflicted with Alopecia Areata throughout the season. 

Charlie’s Angels A+B+C Reward

Home season game ticket reward program that encourages children of local youth organizations, such as the Latino Community Center, to earn good grades with good behavior in school. 

Feed The Children Food Drop

Partnered with Feed The Children to provide 400 needy families in New York City with boxes of food and personal care items by means of a 18-wheeler truck.

NBA FIT Program

Charlie is proud to be a member of the NBA FIT program, a league-wide, comprehensive health and wellness platform that encourages proper eating habits and promotes exercise to children and young adults.


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