Kyle Filipowski lands Ohio State offer for class of 2022
A lack of in-person recruiting opportunities hasn’t slowed Kyle Filipowski down.
As soon as college coaches were permitted to start calling members of the class of 2022 in mid-June, the four-star center from New York landed a half-dozen scholarship offers that first day. Since then, Filipowski has continued to add to his list, with Ohio State joining the pursuit in early August.
It’s been a lot to process, especially given that all his communication with college coaches has been through his phone. But as Filipowski prepares to return to school for his junior year, he’s looking forward to making progress toward his ultimate goals.
“I’ve been very fortunate,” he told The Dispatch. “I had a very good high school season this past year, which made me be able to get all these offers and exposure and stuff so I’m very grateful for that, for this past season. Then because of that, with all this attention coming in from dozens of college coaches from around the country has been a dream come true.
“It’s my dream to play at the highest level in college and win a national championship and all those awards and stuff.”
A native of Westtown, New York, the 6-10, 215-pound Filipowski attends Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. Stores have slowly been reopening at home, Filipowski said, and he’s not worried about heading to school because of the safety protocols that have been put into place. Those include switching to a semester calendar to help spread out classes, testing twice per week and even destroying some walls to help open up some classrooms.
It’s made him feel safe, coming off a summer where workout opportunities were mostly limited to weekends with his AAU team, the New York Renaissance.
“They’ve been doing a great job with that, trying to get us exposure and have us do scrimmages and have them recorded,” he said. “Besides that, I’ve been doing Zoom workouts with my high school team Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for the last few months throughout the summer for about an hour. Besides those things, I work on my own whenever I can.”
Filipowski first spoke with Ohio State in early June, when his AAU coach put him in permissible contact with assistant coach Jake Diebler.
“Coach Diebler and the staff all say they like how versatile I am, being able to handle the ball and shoot the three on the perimeter, get the rebound and push the break or do it all,” Filipowski said. “They say they’ll use me for whatever they have to and put me in positions 3-5, really.”
In addition to Ohio State, the likes of Iowa, Maryland, Purdue, Xavier, UCLA and others have offered Filipowski. He has a second Zoom call with the Ohio State coaches scheduled for this week, he said.
The COVID-19 pandemic figures to delay a college decision for Filipowski and other members of the 2022 class.
“It’s really setting the timetable back,” he said. “You don’t know when you think you’ll be ready to commit because you haven’t gotten that full recruiting experience, going to colleges and meeting the coaches in person.”
247Sports.com ranks Filipowski as the top recruit from Massachusetts, the No. 10 center in the nation and the overall No. 81 recruit.
Ohio State has one commitment for the 2022 class: Bowen Hardman, a three-star shooting guard from Cincinnati Princeton.