Under the direction of head coach Tom Pecora and his hard-working assistants, Hofstra has done a solid job identifying the talent in the area and signing them.
They did so again the past year in signing Bilbo, who is likely going to red-shirt a year to prepare himself to have four good years at Hofstra.
Bilbo is going to play for a terrific head coach in Pecora and will play inside a nifty facility, among the best for a mid-major program. So he should benefit from the facilities in making himself a better college basketball player.
Here are some of our previous thoughts in watching Paul Bilbo play this season for Rob Pavinelli's highly regarded program:
PREVIOUS CASE HISTORY:
Bilbo was noticeably effective in helping his team claim a victory against Cardozo High School in the annual Tom Crotty memorial event held at Adelphi University a few weeks ago.
Bilbo's presence inside made life very difficult for Cardozo's big men Ryan Rhoomes and Dwayne Bronson. St. Dominic took a comfortable lead when Bilbo was in.
Foul trouble forced St. Dominic head coach Rob Pavinelli to keep Bilbo on the bench. It led to a big Cardozo run, making this a ballgame late in the second half.
In addition, Bilbo was a go to guy on inbound passes against the press. He did a nice job catching the passes from his guard and making the secondary pass to alleviate the pressure.
While Bilbo only scored nine points, his big body was a key in helping Pavinelli's highly regarded program land a 57-44 victory.
PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Bilbo is a good sized inside player who has a soft touch from medium range. The lefty uses his big body near the basket creating space for the other players near the rim. Bilbo has a knack of getting to loose balls and scoring on putbacks.
The Hofstra staff has done a nice job this season watching Bilbo's progress. Pecora and his staff always make a signed recruit welcomed and do a nice job in keeping an eye on their games over the course of the season.