Xavier transfer Dahmir Bishop, a former Imhotep Charter star, signed his paperwork Friday to officially become a St. Joseph’s Hawk, according to a source.
Bishop is an important addition for Billy Lange. He’s expected to attend school in the spring semester and automatically become eligible after the fall semester of 2020-21, unless an NCAA waiver is obtained to allow him to play at the start of next season.
He was a four-star recruit to Xavier, both explosive and a team-oriented, fundamentally sound player, a role player who became a star on a deep Imhotep team that won three straight Public League titles. But he transferred after seeing his playing time at Xavier dwindle during his freshman season. He’d averaged 22 minutes over Xavier’s first two games, but never played that much again and was out of the regular rotation after November.
A 6-foot-5 wing player, Bishop should fit into the position-less basketball that Lange is working to install on Hawk Hill. He joins another wing transfer sitting out this season, Greg Foster from Gonzaga. St. Joe’s also has signed wing player Jordan Hall from Neumann Goretti.
"The best of him is what he could be,'' Imhotep coach Andre Noble said. “He knows how to work, he has some good baseline skills, and he has elite athletic ability.”
As for why Bishop is returning to his hometown from the Cincinnati school, Noble said, “Kids always feel, ‘I want to get away,’ but he’s very close to his family. ... It’s not like Xavier is four hours away.” Also, Noble said, playing-time issues factored in. In other words, about what you’d expect as the factors from the outside.
In addition to local schools, Bishop had been offered scholarships out of Imhotep from Texas, Cincinnati, Providence, Penn State, Kansas State, Wake Forest, Seton Hall, and Rutgers, among many others. He’ll join another Imhotep grad, freshman Chereef Knox, on the Hawks. Anton Jansson, a 6-11 Swedish forward, also is enrolling at St. Joe’s at mid-semester but will sit out until next season.