Former Gonzaga wing Corey Kispert has a lot of what the Wizards are looking for.
A 6-foot-7 wing, Kispert had an elite three-point shooting touch last season for the nearly undefeated Bulldogs as they went to the National Championship game. He made 44 percent of his shots from deep and averaged 18.6 points per game to go along with an 87.8 percent shot from the line. He averaged five rebounds and 1.8 assists as well.
It hadn’t been announced until he did so himself Monday, but Kispert confirmed he met and worked out for the Wizards (along with the Magic, Spurs, Warriors, Kings, Pelicans, Pacers and Hornets) in his pre-draft process.
“The Wizards went great,” Kispert said Monday. “I didn’t really get to meet a lot of the players, who weren’t around when I was working out...The front office clearly values someone like me, someone who can shoot it.” Related: 2021 NBA Mock Draft 8.0: Trade Edition
He mentioned Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal as two players he thinks he could compliment well, as a wing player that can space the floor and create shots.
“I can play really really well off of guys like that and then knock down open shots,” Kispert said.
Kispert’s role for Gonzaga was one where he wasn’t the primary ball-handler or the focus of the offense, but he found a way to be successful and carve out a role for himself that has led to him being a likely first-round draft choice on Thursday.
The Wizards haven’t been shy about drafting players from Gonzaga, as he’d join Rui Hachimura, but adding Kispert to the lineup would dramatically improve the team’s 3-point shooting. And, at 22-years-old, there wouldn’t be much long-term development at play either.
At 15th overall, the Wizards may be in a nice spot to select a wing player that can help them out immediately, something that general manager Tommy Sheppard mentioned was a clear point of emphasis for them this offseason.