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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 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.”


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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