After last week’s recruiting update on 2022 center prospect Matt Filipowski, this week, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with his brother Kyle Filipowski, a four star power forward prospect also in the class of 2022.
Kyle, who has grown to 6-foot-10 and now weighs 230 pounds, is ranked as the No. 61 prospect in the class of 2022 according to the 247 Sports Composite. Playing the power forward position, he has been sharing the court with his twin brother Matt throughout his childhood and now plays with him at Wilbraham & Monson Academy.
Kyle holds offers from a long list of high major schools, including ACC schools Pitt, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Boston College. While he says that at the moment he is being pursued the hardest by Iowa, Ohio State, and Marquette, Pitt still has a close eye on him and is trying to build a strong relationship.
“Coach O’Toole consistently stays in contact with me,” Filipowski told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He tells me to never get discouraged and keep doing what I’m doing because of the special person and player I am and how I can be great one day.”
The Filipowski brothers play their AAU ball for the New York Renaissance, the same time in which O’Toole’s son Colin played for. While the New York/AAU connection with O’Toole is certainly helpful, not only is O’Toole leaving a good impression on the big man early in his recruitment. but also head coach Jeff Capel.
“I think the Pitt program has a lot to offer, especially playing under Coach Capel,” he said.”I believe he can separate me from being good to becoming great and having that relationship with him helping me become a better player and person everyday. Besides basketball, they have very good academics and being in the area they are seems great with a lot of opportunities.”
While Matt plays more of the five position, Kyle’s game involves more finesse and outside ability. The power forward possesses fantastic height at 6-foot-10 with tons of room to add on muscle.
6’8 rising stars wing Kyle Filipowski with the strong take. So much size and versatility. Will reclassify to 2022 next year and should be one to watch moving forward #NEHF 10th pic.twitter.com/8QZuF1AGY7
— Zack Sandberg (@ZackSandberg) April 7, 2019
“My best strengths on the court are being put in positions to make decisions whether that be taking the shot or making the extra pass and being put in the leadership role to help my team get the W,” he said. “I think my shot has gotten a lot more consistent, my handle much better as well and my court awareness has gone up so my passing abilities have increased too.”
While Pitt still has no commits in either of the 2021 or 2022 classes, pursuing both of the Filipowski’s will continue to be one of the important goals for the staff in the coming years.
“It’s a possibility but it all depends on what schools we both like when the decision comes,” he added when asked whether or not the brothers plan on teaming up in college. “We’re not trying to force anything, so we’ll see what happens.”