2004-05: Started his first collegiate game in place of Chris Pugh at Villanova (November 23, 2004) ...tallied 13 points in his second start at James Madison (November 27)....suffered from achilles tendonitis and DNP at UMES and vs. Towson...scored season high 14 points vs. Duquesne(December 11)....sparked UMBC’s comeback win over Loyola (December 21) with eight second half points...made his first 13 free throws vs. America East opponents...keyed the comeback win over Stony Brook (January 5) with 10 points in the final 7:13 of play...scored 13 points in the next game at Hartford (January 9) and was named America East co-Rookie of the Week (Antawn Hardy, Stony Brook)... started the final 16 games of the season... garnered season high 7 rebounds at Stony Brook (February 5)....scored 10 points and added 6 rebounds on Senior Night at Vermont (February 24)...earned Semester Academic Honors in the spring.
Background: Competed for coaches Tony Tucker and Mike Moreau at the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida…his IMG teammates included Francisco Garcia (Louisville), Curt Stinson (Iowa State), Ramel Bradley (Kentucky), Danny Morrissey (Penn State), Kenny Minor (Manhattan) and Stephen McDowell (South Carolina)… started 18 of 22 games and averaged 12.5 ppg in the 2003-2004 season playing against a competitive schedule of national prep schools and exhibitions against Florida junior colleges…the graduate of Edison HS (Bradenton, FL) tallied a season high 38 points vs. Central Florida Community College and a knocked down season high six 3-pointers vs. Gulf Coast Community College… played on the 2004 TDYCC Summer League championship squad…was named All-Star at the prestigious Five Star Basketball Camp during the summer of 2003 scoring 20 points in the all-star game…hails from the same hometown (White Plains, N.Y.) that produced UMBC's most recent 1,000-point scorer, Kareem Washington…considered Fordham, Iona, and Valparaiso, but selected UMBC because "I liked the coaching staff and the direction the school was headed"…lists favorite book as Multiple Streams of Income…brother, Hassan, now 25, played football for St. John's (N.Y.) University…also has a older sister, Taheera, 24…enjoys drawing…son of Gail and Hassan Bilal…born February 27, 1984.
Points: 14 at Duquesne, 12-11-04
Rebounds: 7 at Stony Brook, 2-5-05
Assists: 4, 2x, latest at Albany, 2-19-05
FG Made: 6 at Duquesne, 12-11-04
3-pt. FG Made: 3 at Hartford, 1-8-05
FT Made: 4, 3x, latest vs. Vermont, 2-2-05
Steals: 3 vs. Hartford, 2-27-05
Minutes: 31 at Binghamton, 2-16-05