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.”
G.J. Vilarino, who committed to
Vilarino, a standout 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard at
“I chose Gonzaga because I thought it would be the best situation for me,” Vilarino said. “I liked
Vilarino was born in
Vilarino has two uncles and several cousins that still live in the area.
“They’re really excited about it,” said Vilarino, who visited his
They weren’t the only ones, Gerry Vilarino said.
“My wife is a crazy Gonzaga fan and always has been growing up in that area,” he said. “I always used to kid her: ‘How crazy would it be if G.J. ended up playing for Gonzaga?’ ”
Vilarino is the sixth commitment in the Bulldogs’ large 2009 class, joining Manny Arop, Sam Dower, Kelly Olynyk, Elias Harris and Bol Kong. Harris, a 6-7 forward from
Should all six end up at Gonzaga and Austin Daye, a sophomore who has declared for the NBA draft but didn’t sign with an agent, opts to return, the Zags would be one over the scholarship limit with their existing roster.
Vilarino committed as a sophomore to then-Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie, who was replaced by John Calipari about a month ago. Vilarino’s father visited with Calipari before the family decided to re-open his recruitment.
“He handled it as well as a kid could ever handle it. When it was apparent it wasn’t going to happen at
“I don’t think he could have found a better situation. He has some family up there and they play a style of basketball that he likes.”
Vilarino had narrowed his choices to GU,
Vilarino averaged nearly 20 points and just over 4 assists as a senior on a 23-11 team that lost in the second round of the playoffs, Watson said. Vilarino was a four-year starter and
“He’s the most talented kid I’ve seen with the ball in his hands,” Watson said. “He has a rare combination of skill and athleticism. You tend to get kids that have one or the other. He’s extremely fast with the ball in his hands. He can finish, he can elevate and shoot the mid-range and he’s a pretty good 3-point shooter.”