Not many knew Jermaine Bishop’s name this time last year, but after a stellar sophomore year, the Holy Cross guard has now landed on several Division I coaches’ radar.
The 6-foot-1 rising junior, who transitioned to playing point guard in his first year on varsity, averaged 14.6 points and five assists per game last year and was named second team All-CHSAA ‘AA’ by the league’s coaches. He can score by driving to the basket or spotting up from beyond perimeter.
Proving he has ice water in his veins, Bishop went into the cauldron that was St. Francis Prep and scored a game-high 27 points, including eight in the final 2:24 of the fourth quarter, to help lead the Knights to a 70-65 win in the annual Battle of the Boulevard.
“Nothing really fazes him, he’s really laid back and low key, very coachable,” Holy Cross coach Tom Marchesini said. “He’s really crafty with the ball and he’s a terrific shooter. We just have to get his defense going a little more. If he can consistently give us an effort on the defensive side, the sky is the limit.”
Bishop has continued his stellar play on the AAU circuit with the New York Lightning and has picked up his first Division I offer from Fairfield. He also has interest from Columbia, Boston University, Norfolk State and Fordham.
“[College coaches] really like how he can score the ball,” Marchesini said. “There aren’t that many great jump shooters anymore and he can really shoot it. Most of these guys look to put it on the floor and get to the rim.”