According to one site, Duke basketball now has two guys from 2022’s top 10.
This week, Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.) power forward Kyle Filipowski, who in late July became Jon Scheyer’s first recruiting prize as the next Duke basketball head coach, skyrocketed from No. 48 to No. 5 on the Rivals 150 for the 2022 class. In January, he sat at No. 117 overall. And before that, he didn’t show up at all.
Yes, it seems the folks at that site were highly impressed with the 6-foot-11, 230-pounder’s recent performances. Here’s what Rob Cassidy observed:
"“Filipowski looked like a top-five prospect all summer…A wildly gifted passer, Filipowski also knows how to use his body to stuff a box score by both scoring inside and routinely posting double-digit rebound totals. He also shoots it relatively well from the outside and takes great pride in that part of his game. His versatility and brute strength are his greatest resources.”"
The future Blue Devil does appear to have filled out his frame a bit:
With the bump, of course, Filipowski went from a four-star to a five-star in the eyes of Rivals. He still ranks No. 30 overall on the 247Sports 2022 Composite, though, after a steady climb from as low as No. 168 in November. Assuming some site doesn’t drop him in its rankings, he should own a composite five-star rating the next time it updates.
Tons of potential in 2022 Duke basketball recruiting efforts
Scheyer and his cohorts have already landed one 2022 five-star in Montverde (Fla.) small forward Dariq Whitehead, who appears at No. 9 on the Rivals 150. The 6-foot-8 multifaceted gem has risen from No. 6 to No. 4 on the 247Sports 2022 Composite since his early-August commitment, which came a few days after Filipowski’s announcement.
As things stand, 247Sports puts the two-player 2022 Duke basketball haul at No. 7 in the nation. But Kyle Filipowski’s soaring stock could soon change that.
The Blue Devils’ remaining offer sheet might also provide a boost in the coming weeks and months. It consists of five-star center Dereck Lively and five-star small forward Mark Mitchell plus four-star combo guard Anthony Black, four-star point guard JJ Starling, and three-star shooting guard Jaden Schutt.