Charlie Alexander Villanueva (born August 24, 1984 in Queens, New York City) is an American National Basketball Association (NBA) player for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The son of Dominican immigrants Roberto Villanueva and Doris Mejía, Villanueva was raised in Elmhurst, Queens, New York. He was drafted at the age of 20, seventh overall (lottery selection) in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.
During his freshman year, Villanueva attended Newtown High School in Queens, New York, where he was a teammate of future NBA player Smush Parker. He spent his next three years at Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey, where he played with another future NBA player, Luol Deng. Villanueva received All-American honors as a senior and was named New Jersey Co-Player of the Year. He entered the 2003 NBA Draft, but withdrew his eligibility so he could play basketball at the University of Connecticut.
Villanueva originally gave a verbal commitment to play for the University of Illinois, but after Bill Self left the Illini for the University of Kansas, Villanueva withdrew his commitment. He considered following Self to the Jayhawks, but instead opted to play for University of Connecticut.
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