Junior Christian Bishop, who entered the transfer portal two weeks ago, announced Friday evening that he’ll continue his college career at Texas.
The 6-foot-7 forward was a two-year starter for Creighton, helping CU win a share of the Big East regular-season title in 2020 and reach this year’s NCAA tournament Sweet 16.
But three days after the 2021 season ended, Bishop announced his plans to transfer. And now he has a new home.
Bishop, who’s from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, indicated that he picked Texas over North Carolina and Kansas. He’ll have two years of college eligibility remaining.
The Jays are set to return sophomore Ryan Kalkbrenner, who can help replace some of Bishop’s production. CU’s likely going to have to add some depth at the center position before the end of the offseason, though.
Bishop averaged 11.0 points and 6.4 rebounds this past campaign. He finished with the second-best single-season field goal percentage (68.1%) in school history. He played a critical role within Creighton’s defense, agile enough to help defend guards in ball screening actions and bouncy enough to rise up and protect the rim.
CU’s also going to have to replace its four other starters off last year’s team. Marcus Zegarowski, Mitch Ballock, Damien Jefferson and Denzel Mahoney are all starting their professional careers.
The Jays have lost five total scholarship players to the transfer portal over the past five seasons. Kobe Paras went to Cal State Northridge in 2017 and Ronnie Harrell transferred to Denver after graduating in 2018. Davion Mintz (Kentucky) and Jalen Windham (Ball State) left Creighton for new schools one offseason ago.