Every week, across several sports, players around the DMV shine in individual performance. Every Monday, I’d like to take a minute to highlight some of those performances, including what I view as the best performance and name that athlete the “DMV Star of the Week.”
This week’s DMV Star of the Week is Washington Wizards guard Corey Kispert.
Kispert scored in double-figures in all three games for the Wizards this past week, including pouring in back-to-back career high performances.
In Friday’s 116-109 loss to Orlando, Kispert scored 27 points while shooting 9/14 from three. It’s one of the best three-point shooting performances in the NBA all season.
On Sunday, Kispert followed up his personal best with yet another career high.
In a 118-109 loss to the New York Knicks, Kispert scored 29 points on 10/19 shooting, including 4 three-pointers.
The second-year guard out of Gonzaga was selected 15th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft and has not quite hit his stride until now.
This 11-game stretch from Kispert has been perhaps the best of his young career / Photo: ESPN.com
Averaging 10.8 points per game, Kispert has eclipsed his average five games in a row and 9 of his last 11.
With back-to-back stellar performances and a strong showing the last few weeks, the Wizards will be looking for more from their 2021 first rounder for the final week of the 2022-23 season and looking ahead to next year.
The DMV saw six teams in action this past week, including the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Nationals, D.C. United and Washington Spirit along with the D.C. Defenders XFL team
Here are some honorable mention performances for DMV Star of the Week:
Washington Wizards forward Kristaps Porzingis had a monster double-double in Tuesday’s 130-111 win over Boston, scoring 32 points and hauling in 13 rebounds while adding 6 assists in the win
D.C. United Goalkeeper, Tyler Miller, recorded his first clean sheet on Saturday in a 0-0 draw against Chicago
Washington Wizards forward Dani Avdija tied a career high with 25 points in Tuesday’s win over Boston, adding 10 rebounds and 5 assists to make it a double-double as well
D.C. Defenders receiver Chris Blair had 5 catches for 139 yards, including an 86 yard reception for a touchdown in the third quarter in Saturday’s loss to Orlando
Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas went 5-12 (.417) in the opening three games of the season, recording a hit in each game against Atlanta
D.C. Defenders quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was 21/29 for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air in Saturday’s 37-36 loss to Orlando
Here’s what’s coming up this week in DMV Sports:
Washington Capitals: (34-34-8, 6th in Metropolitan Division)
4/6 @ Montreal
4/8 vs. Florida
Washington Wizards: (34-44, 11th in Eastern Conference)
4/4 vs. Milwaukee
4/5 @ Atlanta
4/7 vs. Miami
4/9 vs. Houston (regular season finale)
Washington Nationals (1-2, 3rd in NL East, 1.5 GB)
4/3 vs. Tampa Bay
4/4 vs. Tampa Bay
4/5 vs. Tampa Bay
4/6 @ Colorado
4/7 @ Colorado
4/8 @ Colorado
4/9 @ Colorado
D.C. United: (1-2-3, 5 points, 13th in Eastern Conference)
4/8 vs. Columbus
D.C. Defenders: (6-1 overall, 1st in XFL North)
4/9 @ Seattle
Washington Spirit: (1-1-0, 4 points, 3rd in NWSL)
No upcoming match this week
*Denotes games I will be covering in-person
American University Men’s Basketball hired former George Mason assistant Duane Simpkins as its next head basketball coach