Musings From The Bald Prophet: Kentucky Recruit Does A West Coast Swing

Marc DaleyAnalyst IApril 28, 2009

Since John Calipari took over the reins of the storied Kentucky Basketball program, observers and fans figured (hoped?) there would be some changes from the Billy Gillispie era.

While some of his Memphis recruits have decided to come aboard, one of Gillispie's early recruits won't be staying on the ship.

Calipari met with G.J. Vilarino, a 5'11" point guard from McKinney, Texas, who thinks "pass" before "shoot."

Apparently it was nothing personal, but Calipari prefers bigger point guards (Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose) so he released Vilarino from his letter of intent. However, Vilarino is still highly rated—88 by Scouts, Inc.—and needed a place to play.

Enter Gonzaga.

Even though Demetri Goodson is poised to take over the offense next season from Jeremy Pargo, the Zags play a lot of players (eight players averaged close to 10 minutes a game). Besides Pargo, they also lose Josh Heytvelt and Micah Downs.

Austin Daye has also entered the draft without hiring an agent. 

Next season, Vilarino will join talented big man Sam Dower and shooting guard Mangisto Arop. With them on board, the Zags will be a young team but should take the conference title again.

Kentucky will be a contender for the SEC title without Vilarino. For all parties concerned, everything should work out—even for Gillispie, who will apparently be taking a year off to vacate following his turmoil at Kentucky.