Bears Add 6-9 Recruit from Spain

Aug. 16, 2002

BERKELEY - Jordi Geli Vilardell, a 6-9, 190-pound forward from Girona, Spain, has signed to play with the Cal men's basketball team this season, head coach Ben Braun announced Friday.

Considered one of the 20 best junior players in Spain, the 18-year-old Vilardell will enter Cal as a freshman when school starts at the end of the month.

'In many ways, Jordi is a prototype European player,' Braun said. 'He's 6-9 with perimeter skills. Shooting and ball-handling are his strengths. Jordi is a face-up player who can play either at the post or on the wing. He has a lot of potential and is eager to be coached.'

Vilardell has spent the past five years playing with his club team, Girona Casademont. Last year, he averaged 11.1 points, 13.1 rebounds and 2 blocked shots, leading the squad to a No. 4 ranking in the Catalonia region.

'Jordi knew about Cal early on because he is such a strong student,' Braun said. 'His parents are a doctor (mother) and an architect (father), and education has always been very important to them. This seems like a very good fit.'

Vilardell is the fourth recruit to sign with the Bears for the 2002-03 season, joining forward David Paris and guard Richard Midgley from Modesto Christian High School and center Rod Benson out of Torrey Pines High in San Diego.

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