Villanueva Favors Three Schools

Blair Academy forward Charlie Villanueva is most interested in three programs at this point. Already, he has a pair of visits planned.

Illinois, Villanova Plan Visits

Charlie Villanueva, one of the top players in the Class of 2003, is committed to visiting at least three schools. He'll be in Champaign, Ill., the weekend of Sept. 28 for a visit with the Illini. A few weeks later, he's scheduled to be at Villanova for Midnight Madness.

Seton Hall will also get a visit though no date has been set. "Those are my top three right now," Villanueva said. He listed St. John's and UConn as two other schools he's considering.

"When I go in my freshman year I'm going to be an impact player. I like the coaching staffs and I know those three schools will use me inside and outside. Those three schools [Illinois, Seton Hall, Villanova] lead."

Lately, there has been much speculation about Villanueva and playing for pay out of high school. "That's more [the media] talking. I don't say I'm going to the NBA. I'm going to college. But, if the NBA is there and I'm going to be a lottery pick, I'll definitely do it. Right now, I'm going to college."

Villanueva admits it's hard to comprehend all of the attention and talk that he's one of the best high school players in the nation. "I would have never thought that happen. It's like a dream come true. It's flattering. It's a major step and I'm ready to take the challenge."

So, how does a prospective school entice Villanueva? "It's pretty much the location and how I like the environment. Basketball wise, they are even. It'll come down to the location and academics." Villanueva wants to major in computer science.

Villanueva is in a rare situation. He plays alongside one of the best high school players in the nation in Luol Deng and says sometimes it's hard to believe. "It's crazy but I love playing with him. He makes me better and I make him better. Me and him have so much in common. It's good to have someone to compare yourself too."

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