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Vilarino to play for Appalachian State

A quick update on ex-Zag G.J. Vilarino:

Former Gonzaga Bulldogs guard G.J. Vilarino has decided to continue his playing career at Appalachian State, his father Gerry said Sunday.

Vilarino played in 25 games as a freshman at GU. He averaged 7.8 minutes and 2.3 points. He made 47.4 percent of his field-goal attempts.

“This particular situation is one that they’re going to build a team around him basically,” Gerry Vilarino said. “They’re going to give him a chance to have the ball in his hands early on. The relationship part was so important and he has a really good relationship with the coaching staff.”

Vilarino will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules. Appalachian State, a Southern Conference member located in Boone, N.C., is coached by Jason Capel, younger brother of Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel. Jeff Capel Sr. is an assistant with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Vilarino adds two more visits

Former Gonzaga guard G.J. Vilarino expects to visit Fresno State later this week and Nebraska in early August, his father, Gerry, said.

Vilarino recently visited Illinois, Appalachian State and took an unofficial visit to one other school. Gerry Vilarino said his son has one other opening for an official visit and he’ll probably make a final decision in early August.

Vilarino leaving Gonzaga

Gonzaga is losing another guard. G.J. Vilarino (pictured above) has decided to transfer, a few days after Grant Gibbs was granted his release from GU.

More below in a short article that will run in Saturday’s S-R.

Final version of Vilarino

OK, I chatted with G.J. Vilarino, who committed to Gonzaga on Monday. He clarified a few things from my previous posts. He said he’s 175 pounds, not 170 (his coach says he’s 172 or 173, to be precise). And his father Gerry was the one that actually sat down with Calipari after he was hired at Memphis earlier this month.

I plugged in a few of Vilarino’s quotes and modified some of the remaining copy. Read on for an unedited version of the article that will run in Tuesday’s S-R.

(By the way, Vilarino does know Zag point guard Demetri ‘Meech’ Goodson, a Houston native.

“I’ve known him forever, since we were really young,” Vilarino said. “We used to play each other a lot when we were younger. When we got older, it was every now and then.”

More on Vilarino

Waiting for a call from the latest Zag commitment, G.J. Vilarino, but he has a good excuse. Classes at McKinney High go from 9:15 to 4:20, then he follows a post-classes regimen where he hits the weight room.

Until then, read on for more on Vilarino from his father, Gerardo “Gerry” Vilarino, and his prep coach Wes Watson. By the way, G.J. is short for Gerardo Jr.

I’ll update the article below after I hear from G.J., who is expected to call at about 7:30.


Vilarino commits to Zags

Kentucky’s loss is Gonzaga’s gain.

Former Wildcats signee G.J. Vilarino, who de-committed after the coaching change at Kentucky, has verbally committed to the Bulldogs, Vilarino’s father, Gerardo, said Monday.

More below.

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