Kyle Filipowski '22 reaches 1,000-point mark
Not every high school basketball player can score 1,000 points.
Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Kyle Filipowski ’22 isn’t like every high school basketball player.
Already with multiple offers from Division I college basketball programs, Kyle reached the 1,000-point mark in just his third year of varsity-level basketball. Kyle sank three free throws early in the first half of an AA Conference game at MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts, Feb. 25 to reach the milestone.
Kyle, a versatile 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward who hopes to play at a high-major Division I program, was recognized for his accomplishment before WMA’s Senior Day game vs. Brimmer & May School of Newton, Massachusetts, Feb. 29.
Kyle on reaching the 1,000-point mark: “I really didn’t know I was that close to it. It was kind of surprising to me. I just wanted to go out there and do what I want to do and have fun. I’m extremely proud of myself for that and I’m going to just keep doing what I usually do.”
Kyle on how WMA has helped him develop as a basketball player: “I feel like WMA has helped me tremendously compared to my past few years. Since coming to WMA, I’ve taken a huge leap in basketball and a lot of new doors have opened up for me for colleges and my future. I’m extremely grateful for what has been provided for me.”
Coach Mike Mannix on Kyle scoring 1,000 career points: “Scoring his 1,000th point away was a little different because our last few have all been done at home so we’ve had a chance to honor them then and there. But credit to Kyle and who he is, it didn’t bother him that he didn’t get much fanfare doing it away. He did it from the free throw line, which is cool because he was reminded how big free throws are. It was neat his family was there to see it. He’s very much team-first, and that’s a coach’s dream to have your leading scorer be a team-first guy.”
Coach Mannix on Kyle’s versatility: “He’s a legitimate 6-foot-9. Being 6-foot-9, being able to handle the ball, being able to hit the outside shot, and not afraid to post up. We call his number sometimes for a post-up situation and he never bats an eye even if he knows he’s going to get knocked around a little bit. His skill level, his ability to rebound the ball, all of that coming together makes for a special player.”