Kispert announces he’ll go through NBA Draft evaluation process

Gonzaga and Washington State players have more time to withdraw or stay in the 2020 NBA draft set for October 15

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga men’s basketball’s Corey Kispert announced Thursday he will test the NBA waters without an agent.

“After talking with the Gonzaga coaching staff and my family, I have decided to go through the NBA Draft evaluation process without hiring an agent,” Kispert said in a statement posted to Twitter. “It’s always been my dream to play in the NBA and going without an agent allows me to see where I stand. 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. Since the day I stepped foot on campus, I have grown so much as a person and as a player, and I thank God every day for GU. Thank you to Coach Few, the entire GU coaching staff, along with the most amazing fans in the country for their support with this decision.”

By signing without an agent, Kispert will receive feedback in the process, retain his collegiate eligibility and have the option to return for his senior season at Gonzaga in 2020-21.

The NCAA’s deadline for him to withdraw from the draft is June 3.

Kispert was recently named the DI-AAA ADA Men’s Scholar Athlete of the year and was a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.

He was 11th in the West Coast Conference in points per game and ninth in minutes played per game. Kispert led the team in three-point made field goals and made 81 percent of his free-throws. He shot 43.8 percent from behind-the-arc in 2019-20.