By PAUL GOTHAM
For the first 15 games of this season Jermaine Bishop played a total of 60 minutes. He surpassed that amount in two games last week, and the Saint Louis Billikens freshman guard embraced the opportunity.
Bishop earned Co-Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week scoring 36 points while handing out nine assists and grabbing six rebounds.
“Jermaine has a good feel in terms of whether to take it to the bucket, when to pull up,” Saint Louis head coach Jim Crews said during this week’s Atlantic 10 tele-conference. “He’s got good basketball sense.”
After accounting for just 24 points leading into last week, the Queens, N.Y. native connected on 10 of 24 including 3 of 10 from behind the arc. The 6-1, 160 pound guard turned the ball over just twice in 61 minutes of action.
“Jermaine has a pretty good sense of basketball,” Crews added. “He’s got a good feel. He makes passes to other guys at the right time and at the right location.
“He’s a typical freshmen in terms of a lot of information, a lot of stuff and he’s physically weak a little bit.”
Bishop missed some time earlier this season due to a broken nose.
Saint Louis (1-3/6-11) will look to snap a three-game skid when they host Davidson (11-5/3-), Wednesday night. The Billikens have dropped eight of nine. An 8 p.m. tip off is slated.