Last Look: 2009 St. Dominic Big Man Prospect

Reporter Mike Sullivan discusses the individual game of Paul Bilbo, a big man from St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, New York ...

St. Dominic head coach Rob Pavinelli is one of the best coaches/teaches in the business. He is intense and always demands his players compete hard on every possession and on both ends of the floor.

His latest division one player, Paul Bilbo, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound center/power forward, has already committed to Hofstra and is expected to be a player that should contribute to Tom Pecora's program.

The question is when will he make an impact? For now, Pecora is happy to have Bilbo in his program. It's likely Paul will redshirt and work on his physical skills too over the next 12 months.

Pecora likes the game of Bilbo and believes he'll have a player who will be able to help his program out.


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.

Gaining strength and finishing near the rim for Hofstra will be the key to his athletic career. Paul has worked very hard to make himself a division one basketball player and to land a scholarship at a very good division one program.

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