Predicting Duke basketball’s all-important 2022 recruiting class

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Predicted 2022 Duke basketball commit: The smooth stretch-four

player. 6-foot-11. 230 pounds. PF. 434. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Kyle Filipowski

  • No. 33 overall on the 247Sports 2022 Composite
  • Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Mass.)

Kyle Filipowski’s playing style is by no means identical to that of 2020-21 All-ACC First Team performer Matthew Hurt. Yet the 6-foot-11, 230-pound four-star does possess sufficient traits to fit that general mold of a Duke basketball stretch-four: knockdown shooter, creative post scorer, quick trigger, keen passer, solid rebounder, etc.

On top of his trip to Durham about two weeks ago, Filipowski took official visits in June to Ohio State, Syracuse, and Indiana. He now holds more than two dozen offers, including a handful or two from ACC schools, and has neither named finalists nor specified an exact decision timeline.

Why Duke basketball should come out on top for Kyle Filipowski

Because of the Polish surname alone, one could argue that it’d only make sense to have Kyle Filipowski in town for the first few seasons after Mike Krzyzewski retires.

And with the prospect of plentiful playing time — as previously noted here for the Dereck Lively race — one would think the Blue Devils are at least among the favorites to reel in the budding big man.

Speaking to that perception, the 247Sports Crystal Ball has shown Jon Scheyer & Co. as the unquestioned leader in Filipowski’s recruitment ever since his return home from Duke with an offer in hand. All four of the picks that flooded in are of the “high confidence” variety, suggesting something said by someone with intel about the coveted prospect’s feelings at the moment.