BOZEMAN — Xavier Bishop, who played guard the previous three seasons at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is transferring to play basketball at Montana State.
Bishop made public his commitment to the Bobcats on Monday via his Twitter account, and MSU followed with its own announcement on Tuesday. Bishop has one year of eligibility remaining, but must sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Bishop, a Springfield, Illinois, product who is listed at 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, led the Kangaroos in scoring during the 2018-19 season with an average of 15.4 points per game, which ranked fourth in the Western Athletic Conference. He shot 43 percent from the floor and 35 percent from 3-point range, and also averaged a team-high 3.8 assists.
Bishop scored a career-high 28 points in a game against Eastern Washington last Nov. 17.
"I expect him to be one of the best guards in the league," first-year MSU coach Danny Sprinkle said in the press release. "He was the fourth leading scorer in the WAC, which is a very good conference. I expect him to have the same impact he had in the WAC in the Big Sky Conference."
"What attracted me the most to Xavier is that he will have a positive effect with anybody on campus that has an interaction with him. He is a phenomenal kid and his personality is infectious. At the point guard position, that's huge. He's going to influence all of his teammates and he's a perfect fit for what I was looking for in my program."
UMKC went 11-21 and 6-10 in the WAC last season. Bishop announced his intent to transfer on March 18, one day after Kangaroos coach Kareem Richardson was fired.
According to Bishop’s bio on the UMKC website, his father, William, played football at Montana State.