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Corey Kispert

School

Gonzaga University

Position
Forward
Major
Master’s in Business Administration
Corey Kispert

Classroom

Kispert earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship & Innovation, in three years from Gonzaga University in May 2020. As an undergraduate, he amassed an impressive 3.49 cumulative GPA. In the Summer of 2020, Kispert began his Master of Business Administration program and currently holds a 3.79 cumulative GPA at the graduate level.

In addition to earning WCC All-Academic Team in 2020, Kispert was also named the Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2020. The past two years (2019, 2020), he has also been a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.

On a team-level, Kispert has helped his team earn the NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards in 2018, 2019, and 2020. He has also been one of the highest contributing members to record-breaking Team GPA in Spring 2020, and second-highest in Fall 2020. Kispert has been an incredible example of successfully balancing being a student-athlete at the Division I level.

Character

Since his arrival on campus in Summer 2017, Kispert has been the epitome of a Zag: selfless, hardworking, motivated, intelligent and full of integrity and leadership. He is a role model for his peers in the ways that he carries himself and represents the Gonzaga Men’s Basketball program. A natural-born leader, Kispert exhibits an unmatched work ethic and motivates his teammates to be the best versions of themselves. However, despite all of the accolades, he remains humble and grounded in who he is as a young man. Kispert is on the NABC Player Development Coalition Roster.

Community

Over the course of four years at Gonzaga University, Kispert has found numerous ways to give back to the local community. One of the highlights for the team each summer is getting to spend a day in July at Camp Goodtimes, a week-long camp for children impacted by cancer, hosted by Spokane’s YMCA. Kispert has helped bring a smile and excitement to these children each summer since 2017.

In addition to Camp Goodtimes, each January, he joins one of our assistant coaches at a local elementary school for their annual Donuts For Dads event, an opportunity to speak to the children about the importance of physical health, mental health, and academic achievement.

He has also been involved in various awards ceremonies for the local AAU programs in their annual winter tournaments and in Habitat for Humanity builds. Across campus, Kispert has been heavily involved in Gonzaga’s Bulldog Athlete Ministry (BAM) program since his freshman year, including co-hosting an Advent series on Instagram this fall leading up to Christmas. BAM is a longstanding ecumenical student-athlete ministry program on campus, and an important group that helps to support the faith of our student-athletes.

Kispert has taken advantage of both formal and informal opportunities to make an impact on those around him during his time at Gonzaga and will carry those experiences with him on his next adventure.

Competition

Kispert is averaging 21.6 points per game in 2020-21, which leads the West Coast Conference, also topping the WCC in field goal percentage (63.4) and three-pointers made per game (3.1). The senior is second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (50.8) and free-throw percentage (87.9). Kispert was the WCC Player of the Week on Dec. 28 after scoring a career-high vs. No. 16 Virginia with nine three-pointers.

Kispert was named preseason All-WCC, preseason AP All-American, and a CBS Preseason All-American first team. He was also named to the watch lists for NABC Player of the Year and the Naismith Trophy. After being a Julius Erving Award finalist last season, Kispert was named to the Julius Erving Preseason Watch List for the nation’s top small forward, as well as the midseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award for the country’s top player.

He was first team All-WCC last season and ranks ninth in program history with 210 made three-pointers. Kispert has won 105 of the 115 games he has appeared in for Gonzaga.