Soph. G Bishop May Be 'Next Big Thing' at MSJ

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Sophomore guard James Bishop is emerging at MSJ.

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Some things never change, especially at Baltimore prep power Mount Saint Joseph's (Baltimore, Md.), where longtime coach Pat Clatchey has yet another emerging sophomore to pave the next wave of up-and-comers at the Irvington school.

Of course, in the senior class there is four-star wing Darryl Morsell, who is coming down the stretch in his recruiting between finalists Maryland, Notre Dame and possibly Dayton. Meanwhile, in the junior class, is five-star big-forward Jalen Smith, who is on most every elite's target list.

But reloading the ranks for Clatchey, whose team went 33-6 and won the Baltimore Catholic League last year, is sophomore lefty combo-guard James Bishop, who conjures up images of former Gaels guard Kam Williams, now of Ohio State.

Another crafty shooter/scorer, the 6-foot-2 Bishop will play both guard spots for MSJ this season, and is already attracting some early college attention.

"I will combo for this team this year," he said. "And we are looking to win a championship this year. We got a lot of seniors, a lot of good players, and I am looking to be one of the scorers on the team this year."

Off the bench last season, Bishop averaged about 7 points per game.

"This team, we have great players and teammates to have on the team. Darryl (Morsell) is a gritty player, athletic, and Jalen (Smith) is a hybrid big who can rebound, block shots, score. What I bring to the table is scoring, I can shoot,” Bishop said.

The Owings Mills, Md., native has been at MSJ for two years.

Temple came in to see Bishop last week, while Rice recently offered this month as well.

"Oh, it felt good. All the hard work paying off," said the 3.2 GPA student of his first big offer.

Bishop likes Maryland, was on campus last summer for team camp (which they won), and would someday love to have a Terps offer.

"Yeah, I would love to go there," he said. "It was good being down there. It's a good school for real. I haven't heard from them yet, but I have seen them at practices here all the time. It's just a good program that I think is in a rebuilding stage right now but someday they are going to be something special in the future."

And on Maryland, and going forward in recruiting, "whenever the opportunity presents itself I would like to go down there and visit. Anytime," he said.

Bishop sees himself eventually as likely a college point guard.

"Just working on running the team, pick-and-rolls, making better decisions, keeping the turnovers down. Those kinds of things," Bishop said of his emerging game.

Off the floor, Bishop would like to study math or engineering at the next level.



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