To say Kyle Filipowski is enjoying his week would be an understatement. The Class of 2022 forward from Massachusetts’ Wilbraham & Monson Academy is one of the country’s hottest recruits.
Iowa, Maryland, Marquette, Xavier, Virginia Tech and Boston College offered him scholarships starting on Monday. He already held opportunities from UConn, UCLA and Vanderbilt that arrived this spring.
The Hawkeyes jumped into the mix on Thursday. Head coach Fran McCaffery delivered the good news.
“It meant a lot. I mean every offer I pick up means a lot to me but receiving the offer from head coach McCaffery himself means I’m important and a priority to him. It’s just an honor to be in the position I am in and making my dream come true,” Filipowski told HN.
Assistants Billy Taylor and Courtney Eldridge also have been in contact with him.
“This is just the beginning for my recruiting process, so my relationships with coaches are just beginning. I’m looking forward to developing them overtime,” he said.
Filipowski (6-10, 215) fits well into Iowa’s system featuring players capable of playing multiple positions.
“I consider my game as an all-around type of style. I can either post up on a guard or big, and from there I can face up or make a move with my back to the basket. I can also take it out on the perimeter and shoot it from anywhere on the court or drive and create for others as well as get the rebound and push a break,” he said.
“I’ve played basically every position on the court being able to guard multiple positions and feel comfortable wherever coach puts me, but it also depends on my mismatch situation.”
He runs with the New York Renaissance AAU program of the EYBL association. Kofi Cockburn (Illinois), Lance Ware (Kentucky), RJ Davis (North Carolina) and Ethan Morton (Purdue) are members of its last two recruiting classes.
Filipowski is living a half a country away from Iowa, but already is familiar with the program.
“I’m just beginning to learn about all the schools that are recruiting me on a more specific level, but I know that Iowa is in arguably one of the best conferences in the country and are always playing a competitive schedule. They’re capable of developing bigs that are able to shoot the three and dribble the ball like Luka Garza,” he said.
Garza is the reigning Big Ten Player of the year. He’s currently going through the NBA Draft process. He has until Aug. 3 to decide whether he’ll leave for the pros or return to the Hawkeyes for his senior season.
Iowa will continue building its relationship with Filipowski. He’s looking forward to it.
“I am absolutely open to visiting Iowa whenever that may be. It all depends on what I’m looking for in a school. I’d just like to find out the way of life of a Hawkeye and get a feel for the environment and the people there as well as obviously learn more about the school and what it has to offer,” he said.
At this point in his recruitment, Filipowski isn’t favoring any schools.
“Not one school in particular is standing out to me as of right now since my recruitment is just getting started . I’m always open to developing relationships with coaches and learning more about their programs,” he said.
“As of right now I have no clue when I will be committing, but it won’t be any time soon, which is all I know.”