Duke basketball: Kyle Filipowski, Christian Reeves undergo surgeries

Duke basketball forwards Kyle Filipowski and Christian Reeves (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball forwards Kyle Filipowski and Christian Reeves (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Duke basketball forwards Kyle Filipowski and Christian Reeves underwent surgery. 

Offseason injury news has hit the Duke basketball program as freshmen Kyle Filipowski and Christian Reeves both recently underwent surgery, the team announced on Thursday.

Filipowski, who announced earlier this week that he would be returning to the Blue Devils for his sophomore season, had a procedure done to both of his hips while Reeves had left ankle surgery.

Duke says that both players have “begun rehab to prepare for the 2023-24 season.”

Kyle Filipowski is the reigning ACC Freshman of the Year, Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year, and an AP All-American honorable mention after posting 15.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 44.1-percent from the floor.

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The Westtown, New York native was also named as the Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament as Duke would go on to win its 22nd title in program history.

Filipowski joins Tyrese Proctor and Mark Mitchell as returners from last year’s impact freshmen while Dariq Whitehead and Dereck Lively II have declared for the 2023 NBA Draft.

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Christian Reeves was also a member of Duke’s 7-man recruiting class but the Oak Hill Academy (Va.) standout did not see as much playing time as he would’ve hoped.

There was talk about Reeves using this year to redshirt but that idea was quickly dismissed after he logged two minutes in an opening night victory against Jacksonville.

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The 7-foot-1 native from Charlotte, North Carolina played in 13 games this season for the Blue Devils and averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds per game but was 8-for-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line in his limited action.

Christian Reeves’ role on the team could be expanded as a sophomore with the departure of Lively II, but the Blue Devils are in the market for a transfer center and Ryan Young will also be returning to the program for his final year of eligibility.

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