Rising Gonzaga Bulldogs senior Corey Kispert was named one of 11 players on the newly-formed National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Player Development Coalition (PDC). The coalition consists of Division I men’s basketball players who will provide perspective and feedback on college basketball issues.
“Being a part of the PDC has the potential to be one of the biggest highlights of my college career,” Kispert said in a statement. “We can’t wait to work to give players a stronger voice throughout all of basketball.”
Although it is unclear specifically what the group will do, just by providing a conduit for student-athlete voices to be heard can only be a good thing at the moment. The NCAA was already in the midst of a reckoning in terms of paying college players for their likeness, and the global pandemic forced another somewhat different, yet still relevant, wrench into the mix. If the college basketball is going to be making any changes, it is important that the student-athlete voices have a spot at the table and someone to represent their concerns.
Kispert will serve on the PDC alongside Armando Bacot, Evan Battey, Keion Brooks Jr., Kale Catchings, Collin Gillespie, Joshua Langford, Wendless Moore, Jr., RJ Nembhard, Bourama Sidibe, and John Michael Wright. He is one of four seniors in the PDC.