College basketball insiders predict the decision of Duke basketball freshman Kyle Filipowski.
One of the biggest questions remaining in the Duke basketball offseason is the status of freshman forward Kyle Filipowski.
Filipowski has yet to decide if he is going to return to Duke for his sophomore season, declare for the 2023 NBA Draft, or test the draft waters and delay his decision until he receives concrete feedback from NBA teams.
However, college basketball insider Jeff Goodman might have subtly reveled what Filipowski is going to do while projecting his very early Preseason Top-25 Poll for Stadium.
“The Blue Devils will lose Dariq Whitehead and are also expected to lose Kyle Filipowski and Dereck Lively,” Goodman wrote as he ranked Duke at No. 2 in his poll.
“But they could have a backcourt of Tyrese Proctor and Jeremy Roach (if Roach returns).”
Whitehead has already declared for the 2023 NBA Draft while Proctor and freshman forward Mark Mitchell have announced they will be returning to Durham for their sophomore seasons.
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Decisions from Filipowski, Lively, and Roach are expected this week.
It is widely considered that Dereck Lively II will be entering the NBA Draft as his size and defensive abilities are major selling points to organizations while many have mixed opinions on the decisions coming from Filipowski and Roach.
Kyle Filipowski was named as the Kyle Macy Freshman of the Year, the first Duke rookie to win the award since Zion Williamson.
Duke basketball still with plethora of talent in 2023-24
Regardless of the decisions that Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach will make, head coach Jon Scheyer will still have a talented roster filled with five 5-star prospects entering Durham next season.
The group of freshmen is headlined by McDonald’s All-American selections Mackenzie Mgbako, Jared McCain, and Sean Stewart while Caleb Foster is one of the best guards in the country and TJ Power skyrocketed up recruiting rankings last summer.
247Sports lists the Duke recruiting class at No. 2 in the country, only trailing Kentucky.
“Also look for Jon Scheyer to go to the portal to add another veteran big man,” Goodman added.
The Blue Devils are coming off of an ACC Tournament Championship but fell in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament against Tennessee in the first season without Mike Krzyzewski on the sidelines since 1980.