Former King’s standout, Gonzaga junior Corey Kispert to enter NBA Draft without hiring an agent

Three years ago, Corey Kispert finished a dominant high school career that oversaw two 1A state championships at King’s High School.

Now, Kispert is testing the NBA Draft waters.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Gonzaga junior guard announced Thursday he’s entering the NBA Draft and will not hire an agent, retaining his final year of college eligibility.

“If the evaluations tell me I need to elevate my game further, I would be thrilled to return to Gonzaga and play for Zag Nation,” Kispert said in a release.

Kispert averaging 13.9 points, four rebounds and 2.1 assists per game on 47.4 percent shooting — his best all-around marks of his college career — in a season that ended in a WCC tournament championship, before the NCAA Tournament was called off due to the coronavirus. He scored 20 or more points five times, including a 26-point showing in a home rout of North Carolina.

Kispert becomes the fourth former Washington high school basketball player to enter his name into the NBA Draft, which is scheduled to start June 25.

Former Bellarmine Prep standout Malachi Flynn announced he is forgoing his senior season at San Diego State to enter the draft coming off of a season in which he won Mountain West MVP and defensive player of the year. Washington forward Jaden McDaniels, a former five-star Federal Way standout and projected first round draft pick, is leaving Washington after one season. Washington State guard CJ Elleby, a former Cleveland High School standout, is entering the draft without an agent.

Statewide High School Sports Reporter at SBLive | andy@scorebooklive.com

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