Bishop's Player of the Week award credited to his drive and continued improvement

After a slow start to the basketball season, Richland College’s freshman forward Tony Bishop has found his groove as of late.

The Garland native’s play was so good in two games from Jan. 20-Jan. 26, he was named National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Player of the Week.

“This is a great honor for our program. Tony has done a tremendous job of ‘buying into’ our system and the way I wanted to run this program,” T-Duck coach Jon Felmet said. “This is an individual award for Tony’s efforts, but we have considered it a team award because all of the guys have worked equally as hard as Tony. That’s what I attribute our success to.”

During those two games, the 6-6, versatile player recorded two double-doubles. First, he scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Then, he followed that performance with a season-high 33 points and 15 rebounds.

Overall, he shot 68 percent from the field in both games.

“Tony is a hard match-up for other teams because he’s a very skilled player for his size,” Felmet said. “He’s 6-6 and can shoot the 3-pointer, mid-range, free throws and can handle the ball. He has a tremendous work ethic and drive to become a better player.”

According to Felmet, the difference in Bishop’s play from the start of the year to now is his dedication and attitude.

“Tony is a great young man, but coming from high school (Rowlett High School) where he was the best player, he had to understand early that everyone we have on this team were the best players on their high school team, too,” Felmet said. “He has a will to continue to work and improve.”

That will and drive has been on display throughout the course of the season as Bishop now averages 13.4 points per game – second on the team next to Antwan Mullins’ 14.6.

Bishop also leads the T-Ducks in rebounding at 7.5 per contest and field goal percentage at 53.6 percent.

“The team is made of up a lot freshman. I knew they were going to have an important role in our success,” Felmet said. “Tony started off slow, sort of feeling his way through the college game early, but he has shown of late that he can play with anyone in our league.”