Duke basketball: Kyle Filipowski back in weight room after hip surgery

Duke basketball forward Kyle Filipowski (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Duke basketball forward Kyle Filipowski (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Duke basketball forward Kyle Filipowski is back in the weight room after surgery. 

It is truly amazing that Kyle Filipowski played in every game this season for the Duke basketball team after all of the hits he sustained throughout the season.

Filipowski was punched in the throat against Virginia Tech, elbowed in the face against Tennessee, but the body checks throughout the season culminated in him landing in the operating room shortly after the Blue Devil season came to an end.

The program announced in mid-April that the ACC Rookie of the Year had underwent arthroscopic procedure for both hips following a season that saw him average 15.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per contest.

However, shortly after players, past and present, gathered back in Durham last week for the annual K Academy, Filipowski was back in the weight room.

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“New hips feelin’ good,” Filipowski wrote on Twitter.


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Kyle Filipowski’s return cements Duke as a serious National Championship contender heading into next season while Jeremy Roach, Tyrese Proctor, and Mark Mitchell also return from last season’s ACC Tournament Championship roster.

Jon Scheyer also brings in the No. 2 ranked recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports, headlined by 5-star prospects Sean Stewart, Jared McCain, Caleb Foster, and TJ Power.

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There was no timetable given for when Kyle Filipowski would be fully cleared to resume basketball activities following his surgery but seeing photos of him in the weight room merely two months after his operation is a good sign for his potential availability for opening night.

Freshman center Christian Reeves, who could play a major role as a reserve center this season, also underwent surgery on his ankles following his first year in Durham.

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