St. Joseph’s received good news on the status of one of its transfers on Thursday afternoon.
Xavier transfer and former Imhotep star Dahmir Bishop tweeted out that he’s been cleared by the NCAA to play this season. Bishop transferred midseason to St. Joe’s and practiced with the team toward the end of last season.
“We are grateful for the NCAA’s decision and leadership regarding Dahmir’s waiver,” St. Joe’s head coach Billy Lange said in a statement. “A special thank you to [athletic directors] Jill [Bodensteiner], Ken Krimmel, and [assistant coach] John Griffin III for their energy and diligence in compiling, organizing and presenting Dahmir’s case. The collaboration and effort were exemplary.”
The 6-foot-5 wing is the highest-ranked recruit playing for the Hawks this season, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings. He joins fellow guard Greg Foster as new additions Lange expect to provide a spark.
“Greg and Dahmir are going to provide athletic ability on defense, and on offense, playmaking [and] shot creation,” Lange said in June.
It’s not only a new start but a return to familiarity. Bishop starred at Imhotep Charter and helped win three consecutive Public League titles.
Bishop played just 10 games at Xavier last season, and averaged 12 minutes per game. He recorded four points and seven rebounds in each of his first two games, but he didn’t top 20 minutes again in his final eight appearances.
St. Joe’s led the Atlantic Ten in three-point attempts last season, and Lange wants that number to be higher. In a small sample size, Bishop shot 2-for-17 on threes at Xavier. Lange said in June that he’s discussed with Bishop about working on his jumper.