Vilarino Heads West

Gonzaga is mining the point guard talent from Texas. First it Demetri Goodson and now Vilarino joins the club.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs, for the second year in a row, have snatched up a point guard from the state of Texas. This time, he's got ties to the area. G.J. Vilarino, a McKinney High product is headed to Spokane.

Vilarino visited last weekend and made his decision. Baylor and VCU were in the mix, but he's a Bulldog. "He was born there and he has cousins and uncles that live there," Gerry Vilarino, G.J.'s father said. "It makes it easier for him to make the transition. It's a phenomenal program. They win every year and they're always in the tournament. That was important."

Vilarino made an early commitment to Kentucky under then coach Billy Gillispie. When UK made a coaching change, he and the Wildcats parted ways. Quickly, Vilarino was presented with options from both coasts and all parts in between. He took his time, made a visit and settled in on Gonzaga.

"I think that ultimately he made the decision way too fast and ultimately he needed to probably make a better, informed decision than he made the first decision. Nobody would have ever thought Coach G would have lost his job after two years. Maybe he couldn't have done anything differently. This has worked out for the best."

Vilarino is ranked the No. 26 point guard by Scout.com.


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