Wizards select Gonzaga's Corey Kispert with No. 15 pick in 2021 NBA Draft


The Washington Wizards selected Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert with the No. 15 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Kispert, 22, was the WCC Player of the Year and a consensus First-Team All-American for the Bulldogs, and touted by ESPN’s Jay Bilas as the “best pure shooter in the draft.” The 6-foot-7 swingman averaged 18.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the national runners-up in 2020-21, shooting 52.9 percent overall and 44 percent from three-point range.

A three-year starter who started 108 of 137 games in Spokane, Kispert averaged 11.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in his four-year collegiate career, shooting 48.3 percent overall and 40.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Kispert was the second first-round pick on the night from the Zags, following No. 5 overall selection Jalen Suggs, giving Gonzaga two players selected in the Top 15 for the first time in the common draft era.

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