Rashad Bishop Has Some Big East Offers

Brian Towey of the Scout.com High School New York/New Jersey website spent some time today at IS8 watching the Playaz compete in the Fall League. Towey has an update on Rashad Bishop ...

Rashad Bishop knew that playing for Danny Hurley at St. Benedict's as a fifth-year player would be a challenge. But while the 6-foot-5, 212 pound swingman out of Paterson, New Jersey, had some semblance of the what would be expected of him, he did not foresee the level of commitment- and intensity- that the move would entail.

"It's been good," said Bishop. "It's a challenge. They're challenging me to play hard every time. The practices are much more intense (than high school). More intensity. More energy. It's harder."

In the early going, Bishop said that Hurley has challenged him to play hard on every possession, not just for stretches. Competitively, it's also a major step up, as the physical swing collides with a roster full of Division I caliber prospects in practice every day.

"Every day in practice, I'm playing with top people," said Bishop.

Bishop, who played as a prep at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson and on the AAU circuit with the Playaz Basketball Club, impressed during July as an active, rim-attacking presence with a keen nose for the ball. On one play the lefty was whirling through traffic and rising up for an athletic finish, the next swiping an opponent's pass out of the air and starting the break.

Bishop's exuberant play and activity caught the eye of a number of coaches. At the moment, it's three from the Big East that are hanging tough.

"I've got a couple of schools that have offered," said Bishop. "Rutgers, Cincinnati, and Marquette are looking at me. Rutgers and Cincinnati have offered. Right now, it's kind of open. I haven't narrowed it down yet."

Nothing is set up in the way of visits. A decision looms further off.

"I haven't taken any visits yet," said Bishop. "I'll probably set some up within about a month. I'll probably decide later on in the year."

Bishop's senior stat line reflects his ability to impact a game in many areas: he averaged 21.9 points, 11 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.0 blocks last year at Kennedy.

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