Kyle Filipowski '22 commits to Duke basketball
It’s Duke – by way of WMA – for Kyle Filipowski ’22.
Kyle, a rising senior at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, announced his verbal commitment to Duke University Thursday morning. The commitment to the five-time NCAA men’s basketball champion was tweeted by ESPN, which has 37 million followers.
"At the end of the day, they just checked all of the boxes for me," Kyle told ESPN. "They are a national-level team, my academics were very important to me, and I had a good feel for the environment and campus … I really feel like when I'm done with my time at Duke I'll be the best version of myself, both on and off the court."
Kyle, a 6-foot-10 forward/center, is ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2022. The Four-Star recruit drew scholarship offers from most major Division I programs in the country, including North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State and Syracuse.
"The academics, the history, the success of the players in the NBA - all of it stood out,'' WMA Head Coach Mike Mannix said. "He developed a great relationship with (Duke's coach-in-waiting) Jon (Scheyer) which also helped tremendously."
The Westtown, N.Y., native will begin his third year at WMA looking to follow up on the program’s New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AA Championship in 2020 and an undefeated, pandemic-shortened season last winter.
“I couldn’t be happier (for him),” Mannix said. “He’s a great young man that works hard on the court and in the classroom. He’s been patient with the recruiting process, and it was the right time to make a decision. Duke fans will love him like we do at WMA.”
Kyle averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and five assists last season, and he was named Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Basketball Player of the Year in June.
"Kyle Filipowski is special because of his outstanding playmaking ability at his size," Paul Biancardi, ESPN National Recruiting Director, said on ESPN.com. "He demonstrates extreme versatility as he handles, passes and shows touch around the rim with a developing outside shot. It's hard to find this type of skill set and decision-making with a center's height.
His decision marked the first commitment for Scheyer, who will take over for head coach Mike Krzyzewski upon his retirement after 42 years at the end of the 2021-2022 season.
"Coach K retiring didn't change how I felt about Duke," Filipowski told ESPN. "I've been building this relationship with Coach Scheyer for over six months now, and the vision he has, not just for me but for my class, is something that I can envision myself in. I believe in him and what he is planning. I think being a part of that and helping him make his own name at Duke would be something very special for both of us. I just wanted to carry on the dynasty of Duke but also create a foundation with Coach Scheyer."
He also maintains an A average in the classroom at WMA, a 400-student independent, college-preparatory, coeducational middle and upper school for boarding and day students in Western Massachusetts.
Kyle will travel to Hungary later this summer to compete for Team USA in a FIBA 3x3 Championship.