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What a year it’s been for the Texas Basketball program. For the first time in history they won the Big-12 tournament championship. Subsequently, they earned a three seed in the NCAA tournament. All was looking up for Shaka Smart and the Longhorns.
Unfortunately, that success was followed up with a devastating loss to Abilene Christian University in the first round. The loss resulted in Shaka Smart’s departure to Marquette, leaving an opening for Texas administration to fill. Texas wasted no time in hiring Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard.
Since Beard has taken the reins in Austin he’s essentially lived in the transfer portal. Among the list of growing Texas transfers is former Creighton star, Christian Bishop.
Beard has landed Bishop along with Utah transfer Timmy Allen, Kentucky transfer Devin Askew, along with former Red Raider Jaylon Tyson. This has been parlayed into Jase Febres and Andrew Jones announcing they are staying for another year. The future of Texas basketball is as bright as it can be.
"Getting an opportunity to showcase my talents,” Bishop said on why he transferred.
So who is Christian Bishop? The 6’7 220-point forward is originally from Lees Summit, Missouri. The former three-star prospect was the seventh overall ranked player in his state for the class of 2018 and the overall 38th ranked small forward. Bishop was a highly sought after high school recruit, receiving offers from Missouri and Tulsa and even had an unofficial visit to Kansas. Ultimately, four days after he visited Creighton, he decided to commit to the Nebraska school.
Over the past three years, Bishop has played in 90 games for the Bluejays. Most importantly, he’s increased his statistical production in every single category each season. This past year, while averaging 23.4 minutes per game, Bishop averaged 11 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and one block a game while shooting close to 70% from the field.
"I play fast and smart, post small guys up, and bring bigs to the perimeter,” Bishop said on what makes him successful.
With this transfer Bishop is making the transition from Big East play to Big-12 play. Thus, the level of competition will be ramped up. Against top-25 ranked opponents last year, Bishop played exceptionally well. He averaged nine points, seven rebounds, and 1.5 blocks last year on 62.5% shooting in such games. Most notably, he scored 13 points, had nine rebounds, and three blocks against Kansas in the season opener.
"It might not be perfect but I’m willing to put the work in to become successful,” Bishop said on the difference between Big East and Big-12 play.
After a phenomenal season last year, Texas now has expectations. Those expectations are to remain at or near the top of the Big-12. Especially after the hiring of Chris Beard combined with the influx of transfer talent, Longhorn fans have a lot to be excited about for the immediate future.
Bishop doesn’t hold back anything on the team’s goals for next season.
"The goal next year is to win a national championship,” Bishop said.
Bishop is an extremely talented wing player that makes Texas better on day one. He can out-jump most people in the gym and his shooting percentage shows he’s lethal from the paint. While Bishop is only a 56.2% free throw shooter, he makes up for it with his defense. Bishop averaged nearly one steal a game and posted 10 games last year with more than one block.
Bishop wants to come to Texas and make his mark immediately with this new crop of talent and Beard.
"The fans should know that I plan on winning as many championships as possible.”