On Apr. 25, Bishop signed a scholarship to play basketball at the Division-II program in Belmont, N.C. instead of at North Georgia, Furman or Jacksonville State.
“They have coach Susan Yow and she is legend,” Bishop said. “Her sister Kay Yow was one of the great women’s Division-I coaches. I’ve been with a great coach in high school; why not continue it in college?”
“Belmont Abbey is lucky,” ACS girls’ coach Lady Grooms said. “They are a good institution but Lil Baby should be in D-I. But the bottom line is so many people felt like her size [was an issue]. ‘I don’t know if she can play SEC Lady, if she can bang with the ACC.’ They’re not understanding this girl has more heart than any of them.”
Bishop, who averaged 28 points a game last season, had a memorable career as a varsity basketball player at Arlington, finishing with more than 1700 points, while capturing four straight GISA state titles and five region championships.
“Lil Baby is a scorer and she doesn’t mind taking that last shot,” Grooms said. “She’s a great competitor. She doesn’t miss a beat. She doesn’t hesitate and when the game is on the line, she wants the ball.”
“Coming to Arlington was the best choice my parents made and I’m glad I decided to stay throughout high school because if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have the opportunities I’ve been granted now,” said Bishop, who has been a student since the second grade. “It’s a blessing from God.”
Before heading north, Bishop plans to prepare with former teammate Meghan Downes, who attends Tennessee-Chattanooga.
“She’s given me the best advice about college,” Bishop said. “She told me not to go in thinking I can’t do anything. Just because its college doesn’t mean I can’t compete as well but be the best I can be and play how I know I can play.”
Bishop, who also had her No. 30 jersey retired, plans to major in biology.
“She has always had to prove to people that she is one of the top players and I think that is what is going to help her get to the next level in everything because nobody has given her anything,” Grooms said.