Just a few days after his official visit to Gonzaga, Corey Kispert made the decision to continue his career in Spokane. After visits to Notre Dame and Virginia, it was the trip to Spokane that proved to be the key push for the Scout 100 recruit in his decision making process.
“They have been recruiting me for the longest time and I have always thought they would be a really good fit,” Kispert explained. “I knew other schools could be a really good fit to, but when I went on the visit they really showed me everything and it just felt like everyone knew me really well. They showed me how things would work and that the school was really tailored for my personality. When I was playing with the guys and hanging out around them, it was just a group that I enjoyed being around.”
While there were many factors that led to his decision, it was actually the first stop on his official visit that made a huge impact on the talented wing.
“It was kind of funny, but one thing that really stood out was when I went and watched the guys play intramural softball,” he said with a laugh. “ It might seem like an insignificant thing, but it showed me a lot watching how the guys interacted with each other. It was cool seeing how they were playing against normal students and how they were just part of the school. Everyone at the school was really tight knit and it was cool that the basketball player’s weren’t any different then the rest of the students.”
It should come as no surprise that the Gonzaga coaching staff was quite excited when they were told the news of his decision.
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports“I just gave Coach Few a ring and told him,” Kispert revealed. “ He told me he had been hoping this was going to happen. He is a very even-keeled guy, but this was definitely the most excited I had heard him. Then I called Coach Michaelson, because he had been my main recruiter. I think he was at his daughters swim lesson, so he couldn’t get too crazy, but he was every excited and they all handled it really well.”
With his decision behind him, the talented wing is focused on improving his game and continuing to prepare for the next step in his career.
“I really need to continue to work on my ball-handling. No one can have a tight enough handle and it’s something I really want to sharpen up. I can shoot it well from the outside, and I can get to the rim, but I think my midrange game, the 12-17 footer, still needs some fine-tuning also.”