Later that day, the Wildcats received a pledge from Williams' AAU running mate, 2009 point guard G.J. Vilarino. The 5-foot-11 Vilarino, committed to Kentucky. Kansas, Baylor, Illinois and Purdue were showing early interest in the sophomore.
"It's a phenomenal opportunity," Gerry Vilarino, G.J.'s father told Scout.com. "Once Coach G got there, he recruited him at A&M and he said that he still wanted him. Kentucky is Kentucky. He's got to get better but he's two and a half summers to work on it."
While the Aggies were giving strong chase under Gillispie, the pull from one of college basketball's royal programs was too strong to turn down. "It's one of the top places you can play basketball at," Vilarino said. "The expectations are high and he wants to make sure he doesn't fail on those expectations. He's going to put in the extra work to make sure. The competition to play there is going to be difficult and you've got to be ready. Over there it's about winning."
Vilarino's father sensed a special feeling about Gillispie and was impressed at how his son was regarded by the new UK skipper. "He has unwavering faith in G.J. When someone feels that strongly about him you have to go with your gut feeling that he knows what he's doing."