Evergreen adds second transfer

Contact: Erik Snyder (360) 867-6537
Sports Information Director
The Evergreen State College

May 22, 2006

OLYMPIA , Wash. -Expanding his recruiting class to eight players, The Evergreen State College men's basketball coach, Tom Kenna, today announced the signing of transfer Rob Bishop for the 2006-07 season.

Bishop transfers to Evergreen from Missouri Western State University where he last played in 2003-04. Bishop is originally from the Northwest having prepped at Sammammish High School. He went on to play two season at Green River Community College before his one-year stint at Missouri Western.

"Rob is the real deal," said coach Kenna. "He is an exciting player to watch..very quick off the dribble, can pass it on a dime, and a great on-ball defender."

Bishop averaged 14 points and four assists in his season with the Griffons. The 5'11" guard shot 40 percent from behind the arc and hit 83 percent of his shots from the free-throw line.

"We are only going to have Rob for one season, but I think he is going to be a real difference-maker for us. With his previous playing experience and leadership qualities, he is going to make the players around him excel."

Bishop is one reason Kenna and company are excited for the upcoming basketball season. The Geoducks were the top defensive team in the nation last season and have so far signed eight recruits including two NCAA Division II transfers in Bishop and Seattle University 's Adam Moore. Five other players have been standouts in junior college, while high school senior Jesse Norris captained his Mountain View team to the Regional Finals.

"I think we laid a good foundation last season defensively," said Kenna. "The group we are bringing in are going to make us better at both ends of the court. They are going to compete immediately for spots on the floor, and some of them have the ability to make a big impact in the conference."