PF | 6'10" | 232 lbs | NCAA: Connecticut | NBA: 9 Years | Queens, NY
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.", enjoyed a successful rookie season, averaging 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds. The 6’10” forward set Toronto franchise rookie single-game records for points (48) and rebounds (18). His rookie campaign was further highlighted by an appearance in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge at Houston All-Star Weekend, as well as a spot on the All-NBA Rookie First Team. He attended high school at Newtown in his hometown of Queens for his freshmen year, where he played with former NBA player Smush Parker, before transferring to Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ during his sophomore year, where he played with fellow NBA player Luol Deng and earned McDonald's High School All-American honors as a Senior, as well as New Jersey State Player of the Year. He entered the NBA Draft in 2003, but decided to withdraw his eligibility to attend college at the University of Connecticut. In his first year at UConn, Villanueva was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team and was a member of the remarkable 2004 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions.
A proponent of social networking and communicating with his fans, Charlie was one of the first athletes to embrace Twitter (@CV31), which drew recognizable interest by the NBA league. His honesty and personality have made him a must follow on this platform. He wears number 31 in salute of his favorite player of all time Reggie Miller.
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