"Just looking at home, he is one of the most skilled kids I have ever seen play basketball. He is certainly the most skilled kid I have ever coached, no question about that," said Watson. "He is just a dynamite offensive player. He is tremendous in the open court.
"If you look at his body, he has the body to do more growing and fill out more. If you project and think about the future, he has a huge upside. Obviously, there are things he can do better. No high school sophomore is a complete player. But he fully understands that and is ready for the challenges ahead that go with being a Kentucky recruit."
Vilarino is a 6-0, 160-pound sophomore who has already made a national name for himself with his play in Texas. He is only 16 years old and wears a size 13 1/2 shoe — two reasons Watson expects him to continue to grow.
"He is long limbed, too. I could easily see him growing a couple of more inches," Watson said. "He's already an extremely explosive player and can get where he wants when he wants. "He is so explosive and so skilled already that when he starts to fill out, he will be very difficult to guard. If he gets stronger, he is going to be difficult for anyone to deal with."
Watson wasn't shocked that Vilarino committed to new UK coach Billy Gillispie Monday because of the relationship Gillispie had already established with Vilarino during his time at Texas Tech.
"I know that G.J. really likes coach Gillispie a lot. When he accepted the Kentucky job, it was the perfect storm scenario. You have a coach he loves at a big-time program he followed. It does not get any bigger than Kentucky basketball. He just thought it was a great situation for him. He always like Billy and wanted to play for him . It was just an ideal scenario," Watson said.
" G.J. and his father always talked about him committing early and get the process over. He is not into all that attention. Also as a courtesy to other schools, he did not want to lead them along. They wanted to do in a timely manner. This is really quick, but they just felt the time and school were right. Every time I talk to him I keep asking if he is sure about what he did and he has huge smile. He's excited." Watson expects Vilarino, who has not been on UK's campus, to attend camp at Kentucky this summer as well as attend UK's Big Blue Madness in October.
"He will be really busy with basketball this summer. He will practically be living basketball, but I think he will find a way to get to Kentucky," Watson said. "We are in the process of checking on getting a game or tournament up there. It will be kind of tough because our schedule is already made out. I can't promise we will get there, but we are going to try."