Gonzaga winger Corey Kispert announced he will be withdrawing from the NBA and returning for his senior season and a championship run.
Kispert was one of three Gonzaga players to declare for the NBA Draft at the end of last season. Joel Ayayi announced he would return on Saturday, and Filip Petrusev opted to take his talents to Serbia in hopes of generating more NBA interest.
Of the three players, most national pundits thought Kispert had the toughest decision to make. Many NBA Draft experts slotted him somewhere in the second round, noting that he has the body size and the offensive versatility to compete in the NBA.
Kispert took on a larger scoring role last season after the departure of virtually the entire squad. Kispert was second on the team with 13.9 points per game and shot 43.8 percent from three point range.
He is returning to a team that could not be any more hyped if possible, but a lot of that hype also depended on who was returning. The Zags should still enter the season ranked as one of the top three schools in the nation.
Kispert’s return is also one of those that goes beyond the box score. Kispert is one of two seniors on the squad (alongside graduate transfer Aaron Cook). He is the undisputed leader and face of this squad and will be leading the charge for the first title in school history. Welcome back to Spokane Corey. It is like you never left.