Creighton’s Christian Bishop IDs final 3, will pick between KU, Texas & UNC on Saturday

Creighton forward Christian Bishop (13) follows through on a dunk against Ohio in the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Monday, March 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

There’s certainly no guarantee that something big will not happen on Friday.

That’s just kind of the way things have gone with the Kansas men’s basketball program for the past few weeks.

But if there’s not, we now know the next big day to circle on the KU hoops calendar — Saturday, April 17.

That’s when Creighton transfer Christian Bishop plans to announce his future plans, according to an Instagram story by Bishop on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound slashing forward from Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West High just finished his junior season at Creighton, where he averaged 11 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game in 31 starts.

Bishop is down to a final three of Kansas, Texas and North Carolina. He will be immediately eligible at whichever school he picks.

His addition to the KU lineup would add yet another layer of versatility for Bill Self’s remade roster. He ranks second in Creighton history in both single-season field goal percentage (68.1%) and career field goal percentage (64.5%).

That single season mark came last season and led the Big East and ranked second nationally among players with at least 150 field goal attempts.

A big reason for those numbers were his 88 dunks over the past two seasons.

Bishop also ranks ninth in Creighton history with 82 career blocks.

A former four-star prospect out of high school who ranked No. 103 overall by in the 2017 recruiting class, Bishop began his basketball career as a point guard before growing 12 inches during his high school days.

The two-time Missouri first team all-state selection also earned all-area and all-conference honors during his prep playing days.

After playing just 9 minutes per game as a freshman at Creighton, Bishop blew up in Year 2 — thanks largely to the confidence he gained from his performance during the team’s summer trip to Australia — and started all 31 games while average 8.6 points, 5.3 boards and 1.1 blocks in just under 22 minutes per game.

In KU’s win over Creighton in a Top 5 showdown at Allen Fieldhouse last December, Bishop nearly hit Kansas with a double-double, scoring 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds in 29 minutes.

He also blocked three shots that night and made his lone 3-pointer of the entire season.


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