BOSTON – The Boston University men's basketball team added a mid-year transfer this semester with the addition of Texas Tech freshman guard Alex Vilarino, head coach Joe Jones announced today.
The 6-foot-2 McKinney, Texas, native did not take the floor during the regular season with the Red Raiders and will be eligible to compete at the start of the fall semester.
"We're excited to add a player of Alex's caliber to the roster," said Jones. "He is a dynamic guard who is very athletic. His ability to get into the paint and make plays for himself and others will be a major factor in our attack.
"Though he won't be able to play until next fall, he will get a head start on learning our system in practice, as we hit the final month of the regular season," Jones added.
Vilarino has a connection with three of the current Terrier freshmen, as he ranked this past summer in the top-50 of New England Recruiting Report's Class of 2017 at No. 42 alongside Walter Whyte (#26), Sukhmail Mathon (#36) and Javante McCoy (#44). He received the ranking after claiming Class AAA Second Team accolades at South Kent School in Connecticut.
Before spending a year in the NEPSAC, Vilarino was a four-year contributor at McKinney H.S. and saved his best for last. As a senior, he averaged 18.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 5.4 apg to earn All-Region honors alongside the District Offensive Player of the Year award.
The two-time team captain also received All-Region recognition his junior year, when he led McKinney to its first-ever Regional Semifinals in school history by averaging 18.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 4.0 apg.