Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
As one of the relatively few players to reach the 1,000-point milestone in his career, Renaissance High’s Clark Bishop has made his mark as a scorer in the Detroit Public School League while also shining in the classroom with a 3.0 grade point average.
“Clark has been one of the best players I’ve coached, and not because he is a great athlete,’’ Phoenix coach Cameron Nichols said of Bishop, the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “He has done everything I’ve asked of him on and off the floor.
“He has maintained a 3.0 GPA and is the type of player every coach wants on their team. He has improved his game in the offseason and it has paid off. He’s become a leader to the younger players in our program. “
A four-year varsity player, Bishop has led Renaissance in scoring this year for the third consecutive season. The 6-0 senior guard was named first-team All-PSL for the second year in a row after averaging 22 points per game. His 330 points (through 15 games this season) includes 29 points or more in three of the last four contests entering the Big D Tournament quarterfinals and gave him 1,075 points for his career.
“It’s a nice achievement,’’ Bishop said of the scoring milestone. “It just shows that my teammates have been willing to pass the ball and let me score. It’s helped that I haven’t had any serious injuries that have kept me from being out on the court.”
One disappointment for Bishop this season was coming up short in pursuit of the PSL title. The Phoenix lost in the league quarterfinals 77-51 to Cass Tech, leaving Bishop more determined than ever to lead a strong run in the state tournament. “This is not our most talented team but it’s the most hard-working team and the fastest we’ve had since I’ve been here,’’ he said.
Bishop is attracting college interest from Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Youngstown State, Central Connecticut State, Ferris State, Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State, but hasn’t yet decided where he’ll be playing at the next level.
“I think I need to improve on my defense and finishing on my left-hand side,” Bishop said. “To be a complete player, you have to be able to go both ways, especially at the next level. You have to have different moves to get around defenders.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys and girls athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored for the third year in a row by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators