Connecticut forward Charlie Villanueva is expected to declare for the NBA draft and not return for his junior season, a member of UConn's coaching staff said Monday.
Two years ago, Villanueva declared for the NBA draft out of New Jersey's Blair Academy, withdrew his name and chose to accept a scholarship to UConn. The NCAA allows players to declare for the draft and retain their amateur status only one time during their careers.
Villanueva, who attended a team meeting Monday on campus, has until mid-May to formally announce his intentions to leave the Huskies.
The 6-foot-11 Villanueva averaged a team-high 13.6 points, and was second in rebounding average (8.3 per game). Connecticut, last year's national champion, was eliminated Sunday from the NCAA Tournament by North Carolina State in the second round in Worcester, Mass.