Junior to Watch: Charlie Villanueva

North Carolina has Charlie Villanueva among their targets in the junior class, but the 6-9 forward doesn't have the Tar Heels quite as high on his list.

Villanueva, who played the first two years of high school at Newtown High (N.Y.) before being re-classified as a sophomore when he got to Blair Academy (N.J.) last season, clearly favors the Big East.

"There are a lot of schools looking at me, but I'm wide open right now," Villanueva said. "I'm going to try and cut down my list after the season ends."

While he's open, Villanueva did say that his current group of leaders includes Seton Hall, Villanova, St. John's, Syracuse, Georgetown, Florida and Illinois.

"I'm not really all that interested in the ACC," he said. "Not so much."

Villanueva is averaging 22 points per game this season and has an inside-outside game that reminds many of Rashad Lewis and Lamar Odom.

He said the move from New York to the countryside of New Jersey took a while getting used to, but both his game and his grades have improved since the move. Villanueva said he had a "D" average when he left Newtown and has raised it to a C+ while at Blair.


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