2020 NBA Draft Profile: Corey Kispert
6’7 | SF | 21.2 | Gonzaga | JR
Corey Kispert is a strong, athletic forward whose improvement as a shooter helped him emerge as one of the most efficient wings in the country during his junior year at Gonzaga. Widely regarded as one of the top-100 prospects in the high school class of 2017 following his senior year at King’s High School (WA), Kispert carved out a role off the bench in his first year under Head Coach Mark Few at Gonzaga. Starting all but one game as a sophomore, he really turned a corner this season as a junior stepping into and thriving in a larger role. Averaging 13.9 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game, he earned All-WCC 1st Team honors as a key piece of one of the best teams in the country.
- Standing 6’7 with a strong 220-pound frame and average length, Kispert has good size for a small forward. He may not be especially shifty with the ball but is a powerful athlete who handles contact well and can catch lobs in the open floor.
- A mature, polished offensive player, Kispert’s role revolved around his jump shot. A capable shooter as a freshman, he has evolved into one of the most reliable spot up threats in college basketball. Doing a little bit of everything else with an excellent feel for the game, he forced next to nothing for a uniquely balanced Gonzaga team flashing some ability as a passer and slasher while finding a way to add some miscellaneous points staying active.
- Possessing the competitiveness and strength to hold his own defensively, Kispert is a good team defender who flashed some versatility last season matching up on the perimeter with some guards and putting a body on bigger forwards inside.
- Playing primarily at the small forward position but also sliding to power forward on occasion, Kispert scored in a variety of ways for the Bulldogs showing the ability to heat up from the perimeter, create some off the dribble, and make some hustle plays inside.
- Shooting the ball with textbook mechanics and excellent consistency when left open on the perimeter, Kispert is a dangerous spot up shooter who provides valuable spacing, but also hopped into shots in transition, coming off of screens, and off of hand offs. With over half of his attempts in the half court coming on catch and shoot jump shots, he scored 1.22 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [88th percentile] doing an excellent job setting his feet quickly and getting shots away without changing his mechanics under duress.
- Settling for next to nothing off the dribble or in the midrange, he nonetheless flashed a knack for making pull-up jump shots as a secondary ball handling in the pick and roll. Able to stop and pop with range, Kispert is not a particularly dynamic ball handler, but scored 1.14 points per dribble jump shot in the half court [96th percentile] as his mechanics allow him to take what defenses give him with impressive consistency.
- A reliable finisher, Kispert is a capable straight-line driver who can also get out in space and finish above the rim. Scoring 1.25 points per shot around the rim in the half court [73rd percentile], he takes the ball strong to the rim, can finish with both hands, and does an excellent job picking and choosing his spots. Steadily making the extra pass and flashing the ability to drive and kick as well, he is a sound decision-maker who blends in nicely.
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- Ranked 5th in the WCC in transition scoring (3.3 ppg)
- Ranked 5th in the WCC in off screen scoring (1.0 ppg)
- Although he lacks great length, Kispert is a diligent defender who stays engaged off the ball and has a nice combination of strength and quickness. Guarding the opposing team’s top wing or guard for long stretches over the course of his career, he allowed 0.52 points per isolation possession [81st percentile] and 0.69 points per post up possession [75th percentile] as a junior.
- Showing some grit around the rim, Kispert is not particularly disruptive, but does a lot of little things.