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Douglasville player signs with Belmont Abbey
by Ericka Birdsong
May 29, 2013 12:20 PM | 2168 views | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Larisa Bishop, of Douglasville, signed a scholarship to play basketball at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.
Larisa Bishop, of Douglasville, signed a scholarship to play basketball at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.
Arlington Christian School senior Larisa Bishop recently signed a full basketball scholarship to Belmont Abbey College, a private, Catholic institution in Belmont, N.C.

A Douglasville resident, Bishop began playing basketball when she was 5 years old and played for Arlington since sixth grade.

Standing 5-foot-8, playing point and shooting guard for the team, Bishop has been led by head coach and former WNBA player Lady Grooms at the Fairburn school. From 2008 to 2012, Bishop and the team won four state championships in a row in the Georgia Independent School Association, covering Bishop from eighth grade to her junior year.

“The first year it was like, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’ The second year I felt like this was something I want to do for the rest of my high school years. Each year it was a different level of excitement,” Bishop said.

While Bishop has played for the Eagles for numerous years, Grooms said her senior season left the most impact of them all as she “came out of her box.”

“She’s always been a good player and every year she has complemented the other great players around her, but this year she stepped up,” Grooms said.

According to Grooms, Bishop has always been a scorer, but this season as the team had younger players than before, she became a facilitator as well and began putting others in position to score.

Bishop averaged 27 points, four assists and three steals a night.

Grooms knows something about basketball after starring in college at the University of Georgia and playing in the WNBA and overseas.

“This girl has skills. The kid can outright score. She’s going to turn it out at Belmont Abbey.”

Watching Bishop play over the years, Grooms had hopes of her playing for University of Georgia under her former coach Andy Landers, but Landers pointed out that Bishop’s size was her “only drawback,” keeping her out of Division I at the moment.

While Grooms said she agrees that Bishop should get on a weight program, she said she has no doubt that Bishop will succeed, even saying her style of play is reminiscent of NBA legend Larry Bird.

“She’s got more heart than most of those big players…She’s going to be something special. The sky is the limit,” Grooms said.

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