UConn career highlights: Villanueva averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in two years at UConn before forgoing his final two years of eligibility for the 2005 NBA draft. He averaged 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds as UConn won the national championship in 2004, 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds as a sophomore in 2004-05. He led the Huskies in scoring and the conference in rebounding, and was named to the All-Big East second team as a sophomore.
NBA career: Villanueva was selected with the seventh overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 2005 draft and averaged 13 points and 6.4 rebounds as a rookie second among rookies in both categories.
He was traded to Milwaukee for guard T.J. Ford after the 2005-06 season and averaged 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in his first season with the Bucks. Villanueva had a breakthrough season in 2008-09, averaging career highs of 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds. A free agent after the season, Villanueva then signed with the Pistons, joining former UConn standouts Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon in Detroit.
Villanueva averaged 11.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in his first year with the Pistons. He has 4,596 career points and 2,100 career rebounds, averaging 13.1 and six in his five seasons. His career highs are 48 points against Milwaukee as a rookie in 2006 and 18 rebounds against Oklahoma City, also as a rookie.
Personal: Villanueva has alopecia areata, a non-life threatening skin condition that results in hair loss. He is a spokesman for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and has also started "Charlie's Angels On The Road," which calls for him to meet with children at NBA arenas and helps others afflicted by the condition.
Villanueva is a Twitter addict (@cv31). He brought attention to the popularity of Twitter among athletes in 2009, when he was reprimanded by Bucks coach Scott Skiles for "tweeting" during halftime of a game against the Celtics.
"In da locker room, snuck to post my twit," his account read. "We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun