West Coast Conference Men’s Basketball News: Gonzaga’s Named First Team All-American by Sporting News and Sports Illustrated

Corey Kispert Gonzaga

Suggs and Timme tabbed second team by both outlets

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert was named First Team All-American by Sporting News and Sports Illustrated. Jalen Suggs and Drew Timme were selected second team by both outlets.

The Sporting News team is one of the four the NCAA employs in establishing its consensus All-America team.

Kispert, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award for the second straight season. He currently leads the West Coast Conference in scoring at 19.3 points per game. He is shooting a phenomenal 55 percent from the field, which is second in the conference. The senior is second in the league making 2.72 three-pointers per game at a WCC-best 44.7 percentage, which is fifth in the nation. He is fourth in the conference shooting 65.2 percent inside-the-arc. Kispert is first in the WCC with an 89.4 free-throw percentage. He has scored in double-digits in all but one game this season, reaching 20 points 11 times. The Edmonds, Wash., native, boasts a 120-10 career record in games he’s appeared in. He has the highest winning percentage in Div. 1 over the last 25 years for at least 100 appearances. He’s scored 1,473 points in career, and is sixth in GU history with 247 three-pointers. Kispert received First Team All-WCC honors for the second straight season.

Suggs is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. He leads the West Coast Conference in steals per game (2.00). The freshman is also fourth in the WCC in assists per game (4.48), fourth in field goal percentage (50.5 percent), and 11th in scoring (14.0). He was named the WCC Freshman of the Week 10 times this season. Suggs was named the league’s Player of the Week after scoring a season-high 27 points in a win over then-ranked No. 3 Iowa. The West Saint Paul, Minn., native, has scored in double digits 16 times, dished out at least five assists in 12 games and made three or more steals in seven games.

Timme, a First Team All-Conference selection, is a finalist for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. He is second in the conference in scoring at 18.9 points per game, at a league-leading 65.4 percent from the field, which is fourth in the country. He is third in the WCC making 67.6 percent from inside-the-arc. His 7.12 rebounds per game is also third in the conference. He has started all 25 games for GU, scoring in double digits 24 times. Timme also has a team-high 11 20-point games this season, including a career-high 29 versus Virginia.

Sporting News All-Americans
First Team
Luka Garza, Iowa center
Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois guard
Jared Butler, Baylor guard
Corey Kispert, Gonzaga guard
Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State guard

Second Team
Drew Timme, Gonzaga center
Evan Mobley, USC center
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan center
Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga guard
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois center

Third Team
Quentin Grimes, Houston guard
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana center
Herbert Jones, Alabama forward
Davion Mitchell, Baylor guard
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova forward

Sports Illustrated All-Americans
First Team
Luka Garza, Iowa center
Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois guard
Jared Butler, Baylor guard
Corey Kispert, Gonzaga guard
Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State guard

Second Team
Drew Timme, Gonzaga center
Evan Mobley, USC center
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan center
Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga guard
Chris Duarte, Oregon guard

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