Corey Kispert

Corey Kispert
No. 24 – Gonzaga Bulldogs
PositionSmall forward
LeagueWest Coast Conference
Personal information
Born (1999-03-03) March 3, 1999 (age 22)
Edmonds, Washington
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolKing's
(Shoreline, Washington)
CollegeGonzaga (2017–present)
Career highlights and awards

Corey James Kispert (born March 3, 1999) is an American college basketball player for the Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West Coast Conference (WCC). Listed at 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) and 220 pounds (100 kg), he plays the small forward position.

High school career

Kispert grew up in Edmonds, Washington and attended King's High School. As a junior, he averaged 23.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game, led the team to their second straight state title, and was named the MVP of the State Championship Tournament.[1] Rated a four-star recruit, Kispert committed to play college basketball at Gonzaga over Notre Dame after his junior season.[2][3] Kispert was averaging 25 points per game during his senior year before breaking his foot in February.[4]

Kispert said in 2021 that Virginia head coach Tony Bennett told Kispert he "couldn't play" and that motivated him to "stick it to" Virginia in an early season game; Virginia had recruited Kispert but did not offer him a scholarship before he committed to Gonzaga.[5]

College career

As a true freshman Kispert played in all 35 of Gonzaga's games with seven starts, averaging 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.[6] He became a starter for the Bulldogs going into his sophomore season, averaging 8.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.[7][8]

Kispert entered his junior season on the Julius Erving Award watchlist and as Gonzaga's only returning starter from the previous year.[9][10] After scoring less than five points in his previous three games, Kispert scored 28 points and made seven of eight three point attempts on November 28, 2019 against Southern Mississippi in the opening round of the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis.[11] He scored 26 points with five three pointers made against North Carolina in a 94–81 victory.[12] At the conclusion of the regular season, Kispert was named to the First Team All-West Coast Conference.[13] Kispert averaged 13.9 points per game as a junior.[14] Following the season, he declared for the 2020 NBA draft but did not hire an agent.[15] Kispert ultimately decided to return for his senior season on August 3.[16]

Coming into his senior season, Kispert was named to the Preseason All-West Coast Conference team.[17] He scored his 1,000th career point in the season opener against Kansas as part of a 23-point performance in the 102–90 victory.[18]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Gonzaga 35 7 19.4 .460 .351 .667 3.2 .7 .3 .2 6.7
2018–19 Gonzaga 37 36 26.1 .437 .374 .875 4.1 1.0 .6 .5 8.0
2019–20 Gonzaga 33 33 33.0 .474 .438 .810 4.0 2.1 .9 .4 13.9
2020–21 Gonzaga 32 32 31.8 .529 .440 .878 5.0 1.8 .9 .4 18.6
Career 137 108 27.4 .483 .408 .824 4.0 1.4 .7 .4 11.6

References

  1. ^ Meehan, Jim (May 4, 2016). "Kispert commits to Gonzaga". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Wells, Jordan (April 7, 2016). "Corey Kispert Sets Notre Dame Visit". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Polacek, Scott (May 4, 2016). "Corey Kispert to Gonzaga: Bulldogs Land 4-Star SF Prospect". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Ringer, Sandy (February 19, 2017). "King's Corey Kispert, a Gonzaga signee, out for season with broken bone in foot". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Corey Kispert Claims Tony Bennett Told Him He Wasn't Good Enough To Play, So Kispert Dropped 32 Against Virginia To 'Stick It To Him'". Essentially Sports, April 22, 2021. Accessed April 22, 2021.
  6. ^ Stoudt, Megan (October 8, 2019). "2019-20 Player Preview: Corey Kispert". SlipperStillFits.com. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Calkins, Matt (March 28, 2019). "Edmonds native Corey Kispert has been a difference maker for Gonzaga. Oh yeah, and he's got great hair". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Frank, Jackson (October 22, 2019). "Is Gonzaga's Corey Kispert ready for a larger offensive role?". The Athletic. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Patterson, Nick (November 5, 2019). "Local players named to preseason college hoops watch lists". The Herald. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "Kispert leads No. 8 Gonzaga over Alabama State 95-64". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 5, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Beard, Aaron (November 28, 2019). "Kispert, No. 8 Gonzaga top Southern Miss 94–69 at Atlantis". Associated Press. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "No. 2 Gonzaga leaves North Carolina blue after 94–81 victory". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 18, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "WCC Announces 2019-20 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team" (Press release). West Coast Conference. March 3, 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "No. 2 Gonzaga looks to extend streak vs No. 23 BYU". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Associated Press. February 21, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Helin, Kurt (April 25, 2020). "Gonzaga's Corey Kispert declares for NBA draft, does not hire agent". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Borzello, Jeff (August 3, 2020). "Gonzaga boosted by Corey Kispert's decision to return". ESPN. Retrieved August 4, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Gonzaga Picked to Win Ninth Straight WCC Championship". West Coast Conference. October 26, 2020. Retrieved November 7, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Recap and highlights: No. 1 Gonzaga beats No. 6 Kansas in season opener". KHQ.com. November 26, 2020. Retrieved November 27, 2020.

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