Catching up with G.J. Vilarino

The forgotten man among multiple recruits over the last year is Texas guard G.J. Vilarino. While his commitment may be in the back of most fans minds, he's still at the forefront of Gillispie's plans.

Gillispie continues to recruit guards from every class including Vilarino's 2009 class, but that hasn't changed G.J.'s feelings about Kentucky. "He's incredibly solid," said Gerry Vilarino, G.J.'s father. "Coach Gillispie came to his last tournament. Either coach G and coach Cyp were at all his games at the tournament," said Mr. Vilarino.

Vilarino has taken things up a notch over the last year. "He's put on about 10 or 12 pounds of muscle," said Mr. Vilarino. "He's incredibly explosive and athletic, because of all the work he's put in. It's paid dividends. He's at the point where he can get to the rim at will," Vilarino continued. "He's able to finish over big guys, 6-foot-9 guys," he finished.

G.J. helped carry McKinney High School to a 23 win 9 loss season and an undefeated record in their district. "That's the first time they've gone undefeated in 28 years. They won their district and made the quarterfinals in their class," said Vilarino. G.J. managed to score 21 points per game for McKinney and dished out 6 assists and was named the only junior to make first team all state in 4A.

This spring, G.J. has been playing with a future teammate for Team Texas. K.C. Ross-Miller is a 2010 commitment and G.J. are sharing the backcourt this spring. "Him and K.C. go back for a long time," said Vilarino. "He enjoys the opportunity to play with K.C. They kinda compliment each other. They play well together because they are unselfish," said Vilarino.

Mr. Vilarino says that his son will be at UK's Elite Camp this summer, the first week in June.

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