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Kispert commits to Gonzaga

Corey Kispert, a standout small forward at King's High outside of Seattle, has verbally committed to Gonzaga. He picked GU over Notre Dame and Virginia.

Kispert, who will be a senior next season, has helped King's to back-to-back 1A state titles after finishing second in his freshman season.

More on the first member of GU's 2017 class below.

By Jim Meehan

Staff writer

Corey Kispert, a standout wing at King’s High School near Seattle, orally committed Wednesday to the Gonzaga men’s basketball program.

Kispert, who will be a senior next season at King’s, is the first member of GU’s 2017 recruiting class. The Zags also welcome guard Jesse Wade, a member of the 2015 class who has been serving an LDS mission in France, for the 2017-18 season.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Kispert said his decision came down to Gonzaga, Virginia and Notre Dame.

“There’s an unbelievable community surrounding Gonzaga, the guys are incredibly tight knit and there was a family atmosphere I hadn’t really seen anywhere else,” Kispert said in a phone interview. “Also, the coaching staff is absolutely fantastic and made it clear from the beginning I was their guy.”

Kispert is No. 75 in Scout.Com’s Top 100 and rated 16th among small forwards. He’s ranked by ESPN.com as a two-star recruit and the fourth best player in Washington.

Kispert, who carries a 3.96 grade-point average, has helped King’s win the last two 1A state titles following a runner-up finish in his freshman season. He averaged 23.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a junior.

“I’m really looking to work on improving my ball-handling. It can always get tighter,” Kispert said. “I’m also looking to improve on defense, have better anticipation and be able to lock down the toughest, quickest guards in the nation.”

 




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Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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