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Wizards Draft Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert

The Washington Wizards selected Corey Kispert out of Gonzaga with the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, reuniting him with Rui Hachimura.

Scouts see Kispert as the draft’s best shooter with a quick release and shot-making skills to drill jumpers off movement. He doesn’t create, but he’s deadly from three. He’s also excellent in transition with a high IQ in the half court. The 22-year-old swingman stands at 6’7″, giving him the ability to play a variety of positions.

Kispert averaged 6.7 points and an even eight points, respectively, as a freshman and sophomore at Gonzaga. He appeared in 35 games while starting seven as a freshman before appearing in another 37 outings with 36 starts as a sophomore back in 2018-19. Beginning to up the ante as a junior, Corey Kispert averaged 13.9 points over the course of 33 appearances and the same number of starts.

His best single-season came as a senior in 2020-21, averaging 18.6 points across 32 appearances, 32 starts and 31.8 minutes per game. He posted elite percentages from the field – his 44.0% from deep comes from 6.5 attempts per game.

At the NBA Combine, Kispert compared his overall skill set to Klay Thompson.

“The guy that has been the gold standard for me forever has been Klay Thompson,” Kispert said via The Mercury News. “Whenever I don’t feel good about my game or have a bad night or whatever, I watch him score 60 on 12 dribbles, the way he plays the game, the way he impacts (the Warriors), you’ve seen how much they’ve missed him since he’s been out. I want to be as close to that as I can.”

Kispert is an experienced player who should be ready to step in as a contributor immediately.

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