Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and will return to the Bulldogs for his senior season, putting them in contention to be the preseason No. 1 team in the country. Kispert was a potential second-round pick, ranking No. 47 overall and No. 6 among small forwards in ESPN’s NBA draft rankings. But he, like teammate Joel Ayayi last week, is heading back to Spokane, Washington, to compete for a national championship.
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Adam Zagoria: Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert will return for his senior season, the school announced. They also have Joel Ayayi coming back and Jalen Suggs coming in.
“It’s the million dollar question,” said Corey Kispert, when asked what would keep him in the draft and what would bring him back to GU. “I need to hear something from a team that has all the package to have me let go of my senior year, and that’s worth a lot. From the people here, the program, the atmosphere, the games we’re playing, it’s worth a lot. Knowing that I can be secure in whatever an NBA team offers me is basically what you have to weigh. At the end of day if I don’t get that, that’s perfectly fine with me. I’d be thrilled to come back for my senior year.”
Kispert has been interviewed by roughly 15 teams. “You can only tell so much about a potential player through a Zoom interview,” he said. “In my case, it would be a really good thing to get in front of the right people and show them what I have face to face.”
Jeff Goodman: Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert will declare for the NBA Draft but won’t hire an agent, per the school.
Corey Kispert, a key cog in the Bulldogs’ championship-caliber squad, is not committing to returning to Gonzaga for his senior year, indicating he will perform his due diligence on whether to make himself available for the NBA draft. “Nothing is set in stone, I’m going to keep all my options open,” Kispert said. “I’m going to work with my coaches and family to make the best decision for myself moving forward.”
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September 30, 2020 | 7:51 pm EDT Update
Rod Beard: I’m told that LaMelo Ball will not do predraft workouts for teams, but will interview with team representatives. Ball is projected to be a top-3 pick in the NBA draft. @jeremywoo was first to report.
Mirjam Swanson: Frank Vogel says 85 days in the bubble — “a remarkable setup” — “has not been harder than I thought it would be … I miss my family dearly, but I really enjoy the group of guys we have. It’s been all basketball — which is just fine with me.” Says winning helps, too.
September 30, 2020 | 6:44 pm EDT Update
Josh Lewenberg: For what it’s worth, multiple Raptors and league sources say they cannot confirm the Marc Gasol-to-Spain report. I think that’s where this is headed, eventually, but we probably jumped the gun on it. Technically, he’s still under contract with Toronto until the off-season begins
Eric Koreen: FYI, there is nothing imminent on this front. Seems very likely someone got very, very ahead of himself and tweeted it. Could never happen to me. Anyway, Gasol’s status remains unchanged, and he will be a free agent after season’s end.
Former Clippers coach Doc Rivers has touched down in Philadelphia, arriving in the city on Wednesday afternoon at 4:20 p.m. (see video above). A source tells me that he’ll be interviewing for the Sixers’ head coaching job tonight.