I plan to continue to provide some write-ups throughout the year of local draft prospects that could make some sense for the Wizards and also would be easy to thoroughly evalute given their close proximity to Capital One Arena. Last week, I covered George Mason G/F Keyshawn Hall. Today, I’d like to cover George Washington’s 6’2 guard James Bishop IV.
Bishop IV is now in his 5th season of college basketball. He spent his freshman season at Louisiana State University before transferring to GW, where he has spent the last four seasons. The super senior is currently averaging 19.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and ,7 steals.
Bishop IV is shooting 38.6% from three on 5 attempts and 88.2% from the free-throw line. These averages are pretty in line with his production across the previous three seasons but he’s been more efficient now that he’s surrounded by a few more offensive weapons.
James Bishop IV for George Washington has started the season HOT.— On The Clock (@OnThe_ClockBB) November 15, 2022
Through 3 games:
63.6% eFG off the dribble
Here are some buckets from his 44-point game last night against Hofstra. pic.twitter.com/d0y5BrMw9n
The leading scorer for the Revolutionaries was named Atlantic 10 (A10) Player of the Week last week and will likely earn that honor several more times throughout the season. The team is currently 7-2 and as long as they keep winning, Bishop IV will be one of the primary contenders for A10 Player of the Year.
He turns 24 years old prior to this year’s NBA Draft so given his age and size, Bishop IV will have an uphill battle to get drafted. However, I think given his considerable, and sustained, production he’s definitely worth a look in the second round or as a two-way contract candidate.
Every team could use another dynamic shot-creator and pick-and-roll threat. His playmaking is also very underrated. Just because a team needs you to be more of a scorer doesn’t mean you can’t also be a facilitator. I’ve seen him make some really high-level passes already this season.
The Wizards should leave no stone unturned in identifying viable guard prospects and I think Bishop IV could potentially be a diamond in the rough. I had that in the back of my mind when I caught up with Bishop IV on this week’s Bleav in DMV Hoops podcast so I asked him about his draft stock during the conversation and he gave a very mature answer.
I think Bishop IV could be the guard version of Eugene Omoruyi, in the sense that some might overlook him because of his age but his effort, intensity, and edge (he’s from Baltimore after all) could make him a valuable contributor. After talking with him, I feel confident he could push his teammates and wouldn’t back down from any challenge, something you want on a young team looking to improve its culture.