Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert passes the ball during the second half of a game against San Diego on Feb. 20, 2021, in Spokane. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert passes the ball during the second half of a game against San Diego on Feb. 20, 2021, in Spokane. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Gonzaga’s Kispert finalist for Erving Award

The Edmonds native is among the final five to be the top small forward in college basketball.

By Jim Meehan / The Spokesman-Review

Gonzaga senior and Edmonds native Corey Kispert is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award for the second consecutive season.

Other finalists include Michigan’s Isaiah Livers, Rutgers’ Ron Harper Jr., Texas Tech’s Terrence Shannon Jr. and Virginia’s Sam Hauser.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Kispert, a King’s High School graduate, is first in the West Coast Conference in free-throw percentage (88.7) and 3-point percentage (45.7) and second in scoring (19.1) and field-goal percentage (55.6). He has nine 20-point games and 21 double-digit scoring games this season.

Gonzaga is 117-10 in Kispert’s 127 career game appearances.

Former Zag Rui Hachimura won the Erving Award in 2019. Recent winners include Villanova’s Saddiq Bey (2020) and Mikal Bridges (2018).

Fans can vote on the award beginning Friday at hoophallawards.com.

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