2009 Forward Prospect Has Solid Senior Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a story on a player from St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, New York (Long Island). This particular prospect has already given a commitment to the Hofstra basketball program ...

St. Dominic High School big man Paul Bilbo, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound center/power forward from St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, New York, is an intriguing prospect for mid-major school Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York).

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:


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.

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