SPOKANE -- KREM 2 Sports is the first to confirm that Gonzaga freshman guard G.J. Vilarino has decided to leave the men's basketball team.
G.J.'s father, Gerardo, confirmed his son's departure Friday night in phone call from McKinney, Texas. He said they felt G.J. should have had received more playing time this year and they didn't want the same thing to happen next season.
Gerardo added that there are no hard feelings toward Gonzaga, it's just a matter of finding the right fit for his son. G.J. is getting interest from several other universities, including schools in the Big Ten and Big 12. Gerardo would not name specific schools though.
Vilarino originally signed to play under Billy Gillespie at Kentucky, but was allowed to look elsewhere after Gillespie was fired. That's when he decided to come to Gonzaga. He was born in Spokane while his dad was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base and still has family in the area.
In his one season with the Bulldogs, Vilarino played in 25 games (no starts), averaging 7.8 minutes, 2.3 points, and 0.5 rebounds per contest.
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