It's been almost a year since Iowa Basketball extended a scholarship offer to Kyle Filipowski. The Hawkeyes have maintained an intense pursuit of the East Coast forward since then.
"Coach (Fran) McCaffery has stayed in constant contact with me for this past year, and it's awesome to get to build our relationship throughout my whole recruitment process," Flilpowski told HN.
"I talk to coach McCaffery on a weekly basis and have occasional conversations with (assistant) coach (Billy) Taylor as well."
The Wilbraham (MA) and Monson Academy standout reports 20 scholarship offers. They include Boston College, UConn, Marquette, Maryland, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Xavier.
The Hawkeyes jumped in with an offer last June, being among the first programs to do so. They've been painting a mental picture of how he could thrive in the system.
"They've just keep reiterating how special of a place Iowa is with their culture, how perfect the playing style is for me and how this could become my home for the next four years," Filipowski said.
The 6-foot-10, 215-pound, Stretch 4, who runs with New York Renaissance AAU program, is looking for a basketball culture that feels like home along with a school that can help him achieve his academic and athletic goals.
"I watched Iowa a lot this past year and was really impressed with how well the players worked together. You could see their chemistry was one of the best in the country," Filipowski said.
A recruiting dead period that began last March at the beginning of the pandemic has kept prospects from visiting colleges or meeting face-to-face with coaches. The Hawkeyes have done their best to present Filipowski with a computerized understanding of the university and program.
"I've had a couple virtual meetings with them. One was showing the campus life and academics and what it is like to be a student on campus, while the other was watching game film with the staff and seeing how I fit into their system," he said.
The dead period is scheduled to end May 31, allowing prospects to visit campuses beginning June 1st. Filipowski will take a Syracuse official visit in early June and is looking to set up more stops, including a potential trip to Iowa.
"I'm still leaving my options open and am in no rush to make a decision soon because I have yet to see any campuses. My heart will know when the time is right to make a commitment, and I am in no rush to do so," he said.
247Sports sees Filipowski as a four-star prospect, the No. 88 player overall nationally in the 2022 Class and the No. 16 power forward for the cycle. Rivals ranks him as a three-star, the 117th best player in the country and the No. 15 player at his position.