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Former UConn hero George reportedly took $250K from Villanueva

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This Aug. 8, 2008, file photo shows former NBA and University of Connecticut player Tate George during the Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic basketball game at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Photo: Associated Press

This Aug. 8, 2008, file photo shows former NBA and University of Connecticut player Tate George during the Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic basketball game at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Photo: Associated Press

Tate George might be a hero among UConn basketball fans, but a very different picture appears to be emerging of the former Husky star that made the famous 1990 buzzer-beater shot in the NCAA Tournament against Clemson.

Per the Associated Press story:

TRENTON, N.J. — A former NBA player best known for his 1990 NCAA tournament buzzer-beater for Connecticut is on trial in Trenton on federal charges of wire fraud.

Tate George is accused of carrying out a Ponzi scheme from 2005 to early 2011, netting him $2 million. He has denied wrongdoing.

Prosecutors say George used money investors sank into his purported real estate firm to pay previous investors or for home improvements and personal expenses.

Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva testified Tuesday that he was swindled out of $250,000 by his fellow UConn alum, The Trentonian newspaper reported.

George spent four seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. But he’s best known for catching a full-court pass and sinking a jumper at the buzzer to give UConn a victory in a 1990 NCAA regional semifinal against Clemson.

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