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Eligibility issue sidelined him for six games

STORRS, Conn. -- High school star Charlie Villanueva will be
eligible to make his college debut Saturday when No. 3 Connecticut
hosts Army.

Villanueva missed UConn's first six regular-season games while
the university and the NCAA determined his eligibility. The
6-foot-10 220-pound forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., who considered
declaring for the NBA before choosing college, also missed two
preseason games.

"We are pleased that Charlie will be able to join his teammates
on the court," coach Jim Calhoun said Friday. "This resolution
now allows Charlie to continue his focus on final examinations and
help the basketball team."

The situation stemmed from Villanueva's workouts in front of NBA
scouts last summer. NCAA rules state that the recruit or a family
member or friend not related to basketball must pay all expenses
for such workouts.

Villanueva averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds at Blair Academy
in New Jersey last season.

UConn (5-1) plays Army (3-2) at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday.