Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, an Edmonds native, celebrates during the West Coast Conference title game against Saint Mary’s on March 10, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, an Edmonds native, celebrates during the West Coast Conference title game against Saint Mary’s on March 10, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Edmonds native Kispert earns scholar-athlete award

The Gonzaga junior is named the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

By Jim Meehan / The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE — Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert was named the Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association (ADA) men’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

DI-AAA ADA membership is for Division I schools that don’t sponsor football.

Gonzaga players have won the award four of the past eight seasons. Kispert joins Nigel Williams-Goss (2017), Kyle Wiltjer (2016) and Kelly Olynyk (2013).

Kispert, who carries a 3.43 grade-point average in business administration, was also named to the DI-AAA ADA’s 11-player Scholar-Athlete team. He was joined by three West Coast Conference players — Tommy Kuhse of Saint Mary’s and San Francisco’s Jimbo Lull and Jordan Ratinho.

Kispert, an Edmonds native who attended King’s High School, is a two-time academic All-WCC selection.

The 6-foot-7 wing averaged 13.9 points, second on the team, 4.0 rebounds and hit 43.8% of his 3-point attempts during his junior season. He led Gonzaga with 78 3-pointers and made 81% of his shots at the free-throw line.

Since the college basketball season came to a sudden end, Kispert has been named first-team All-WCC, the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District IX team and was National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) second-team All-District 9.

Kispert was a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. The Zags are 95-10 in Kispert’s 105 career games.

Nominees for the scholar-athlete team must have at least a 3.2 GPA and have reached junior academic standing at their institution (transfers aren’t eligible).

Candidates must have played in at least 50% of the team’s games and been a starter or key reserve.

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