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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.

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Vilarino, a standout 6-foot-1 guard at McKinney (Texas) High, visited Gonzaga's campus over the weekend.

"He was obviously tired (when he returned home Sunday night), but very excited about the trip," Gerardo said. "We sat down and I think we knew before he went that it was a place he wanted to be as long as he felt comfortable and felt he could contribute and be a valuable member of an established program."

G.J. Vilarino was born in Spokane in 1991, but only lived in town for about a year before the family relocated to Seattle. Gerardo Vilarino was stationed at Fairchild Air Force base from 1981-85, then earned his degree in economics from Eastern Washington University.

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Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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