New Bobcat Hoops Coach Danny Sprinkles (copy)

Newly appointed basketball coach Danny Sprinkle speaks at a welcoming ceremony in his honor on April 5 at Norm Asbjornson Hall.

Missouri-Kansas City guard Xavier Bishop announced his transfer to Montana State in a tweet Monday afternoon.

Bishop, who played three years at UMKC, started all 31 games last season and averaged 15.4 points and 3.8 assists in 33.8 minutes. He shot 35.3% from 3-point range and grabbed 2.7 rebounds per game. At 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, Bishop ranked fourth in the Western Athletic Conference in scoring this past season.

Bishop also led the Kangaroos in scoring each of the last two seasons. He ranked third in the WAC in usage percentage (26.2%), per Kenpom.com.

According to Bishop’s bio on the UMKC website, his father played football at MSU.

MSU is set to return 11 players, and Bishop’s addition leaves one of the allotted 13 scholarships available.

Position Freshmen Sophomores Juniors Seniors
Guard Zach Hobbs Mychael Paulo Harald Frey
Ladan Ricketts
Xavier Bishop (ineligible in 2019-20)
Wing/Forward Caleb Bellach Quentin Guliford Amin Adamu
Borja Fernandez Zeke Quinlan
Center Finn Fleute Jubrile Belo Devin Kirby

When Danny Sprinkle was introduced as MSU’s head coach earlier this month, he said he had a plan for what he was looking for with the Bobcats’ two remaining scholarship spots.

Bishop is the first player to choose MSU since Sprinkle’s hiring.

“I like guys that can score the ball,” Sprinkle said on April 5. “I like guys that can score the ball at a high level. I want skilled guys, kind of like Coach (Mick) Durham used to recruit, guys that can dribble, catch, pass, shoot, have good IQ, good feel for the game and guys that can make their teammates better. I want guys that can make shots.”

Paul Schwedelson can be reached at pschwedelson@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2670. Follow him on Twitter @pschweds.

Paul Schwedelson is a sports writer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.