It was an exciting night on December 20 when King’s Alumni Corey Kispert came home to retire his #24 jersey and visit fans in the greater Seattle area. Mike Martin Gym was packed, and Corey was warmly welcomed as he spoke, retired his jersey, and took photos with students and peers. 

The evening included a video of Corey’s coaches from King’s, Gonzaga, and the NBA team he plays on, the Washington Wizards, and another featuring his teammates through the years and the memories they share with Corey.  

Corey’s #24 jersey, resplendent in the school’s colors of red and white, was unveiled high above the Knights’ home court as the crowd roared its approval. 

Corey led King’s to consecutive Class 1A state championships in 2015 and 2016, averaging 28.7 points during the Knights’ state tournament run of 2016. His teammates during those years were also honored during the ceremony.  

When asked if he could guess how many hours he spent in the King’s gym, Corey said, “Quite a few. I’m bad at ballpark numbers, but yeah — this is home. Thousands.” 

He added that, after years of pursuing expertise in the game of basketball, he is “still learning, still growing — the progression’s still going.” 

The King’s Community looks forward to many years of watching Corey grow in his profession. We are so proud of his accomplishments and even more proud of the man of integrity and honor that he is.  

Read additional news articles about the event in the Mountlake Terrace News and Washington Post.