Coach Billy Gillispie has been on the job at Kentucky for only four days. In that four day period, Kentucky has been mentioned with several new names. One of those new names also happens to be Kentucky's first commitment for the 2009 class, and coach Billy Clyde's first as head coach of the Wildcats.
G.J. Vilarino, a 6-foot-1 sophomore from McKinney Texas chose Kentucky over other programs such as Kansas, Purdue, Illinois and Baylor. G.J. averaged 20.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for McKinney High school.
Though he's widely considered one of the best players in his class, G.J. still knows he's got work to do. "I think have to work on my shooting and my defense. I really think I can work on everything, because nothing about my game is perfect," G.J. said.
While he recognizes his weaknesses, he also has a number of strengths at this early stage. "I'm a quick guard. I like to get up and down the floor," he said. "I like to get my teammates involved and I'm also a pretty good shooter," he continued.
Vilarino made his commitment to the Wildcats without making a single visit to the bluegrass state. So how did that happen? "I really like coach Gillispie," he said. "He's been recruiting me since my freshman year," said G.J. "Then Kentucky is one of the top programs in the country. That's hard to pass up," he continued. Vilarino does plan to make a couple trips to Lexington. "I'm going to Midnight Madness. I also think I might go to Kentucky's elite camp in June," said Vilarino.
Vilarino also has an AAU teammate who's also interested in the Wildcats. "Shawn Williams likes Kentucky too," he said. "Kentucky has offered him and I'm going to try to get him to come up there," said Vilarino.
Vilarino and Williams' Texas Select team will be participating in the Kingwood Classic in Houston next weekend.