Bishop Lured To Big East

Rashad Bishop is set to play his college basketball in the Big East. The Jersey native is going outside the state to play inside the conference.

The Cincinnati Bearcats reached into New Jersey and snagged a small forward who had interest from Seton Hall, Marquette and Rutgers. Rashad Bishop, a 6-foot-5 wing out of St. Benedict's is now a Bearcat.

"I love his ability," St. Benedict's coach Dan Hurley said. "He reminds me of a young Adrian Griffin (Seton Hall). Great hands, great rebounder and he's got some range to his game. He's got that knack for finishing around the basket and he's got physical strength."

Last year, when Bishop was a senior at Patterson (N.J.) Kennedy he put 39 points on Hurley's team so when Bishop needed a 5th year, Hurley was all for it.

"How man guys can make a 3, take you from 30 feet off the dribble and finish with a floater, post you and score, offensive rebound you with a tip dunk? The kid has all the skills in the bag and we just have to set the standard with him every day."

The challenge for Bishop this season will be to raise his competition level each day and bring it because he's seeing great talent on a daily basis and Hurley is looking for a response out of him as the season goes along.

"The reason why he wasn't a priority Big East recruit (during the early period) is that he's got games where he gets 39 against the best there is and then he's got days where he accepts not being the best player on the court.

"Training and playing against Corey Stokes is going to really get him ready to be a Big East player at Cincinnati. He's got as much physical talent as anyone in our gymnasium."

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