For most of his childhood, Lee’s Summit West’s Christian Bishop was a point guard. He was never really that tall for his age, so the perimeter was a natural fit for his skill-set.
That all changed in high school. Bishop grew four inches after his freshman season. Then three more as a sophomore. Then another as a junior.
The final product: A 6-7 basketball player with a point guard’s repertoire.
“I played point guard most of my life, so I still keep practicing handling the ball,” Bishop said. “It can create a lot of mismatches.”
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It’s little wonder college scouts took notice. After his sophomore season, as Bishop quite literally grew, so did the interest in his services. Before he had even played a varsity game, he generated Division I offers.
He signed one of them Wednesday, inking a letter of intent to attend Creighton on a basketball scholarship.
Bishop’s first varsity season last winner was a successful one. He averaged 12.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game for the Titans. He shot 58.8 percent from the floor.
Bishop also had offers from Missouri, Kansas State and Wichita State, among others. He is ranked as the 103rd best recruit in the nation, per Rivals.com.
“I went from having no schools interested to having seven schools offer me in the course of two months,” Bishop said. “It was pretty hectic. I was just looking for a school that’s the right fit that can get me to the next level, and that’s Creighton.”
Lots in Lee’s Summit to celebrate on National Signing Day
The following student-athletes signed a national letter of intent Wednesday, Nov. 8, to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level, according to information provided the schools:
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH
Southeast Missouri State
Stephen F. Austin
acrobatics & tumbling
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY