Movie Theater: Analysis of Duke Kyle Filipowksi’s men’s basketball center

A new era of Duke men’s basketball is on the horizon, and with it comes an almost entirely new roster. In this series, the Blue Zone analyzes a film on each of the Blue Devils’ new signings and transfers for the 2022-23 season. We looked earlier Kale catches, Ryan Young, jadeen schutt, Marc Mitchell, Dariq Whitehead, Animated Dereck II and Christian Reeves. Next, let’s take a look at Kyle Filipowski:

Kyle Filipowski comes to Durham from Wilbraham and Monson Academy, where he averaged 21.0 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.0 blocks per game in his junior season. After being reclassified from the Class of 2021 to the Class of 2022, Filipowski wasn’t eligible for high school basketball’s highest honor, becoming a McDonald’s All-American, but the rest of his resume more than justifies his ranking as the #4 rookie overall on the Top247.

The 6-foot-11 center won gold with the 2021 USA Basketball 3×3 U18 team and was named the 2021 Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year as a junior. He was also named to the 2022 Naismith National High School Boys Basketball All-America First Team, among other accomplishments. Those honors come courtesy of Filipowski’s seemingly bottomless bag of scoring tricks. With his height and strong 220-pound frame, Filipowski can work under the basket with the best of them; there are endless clips of the 18-year-old diving at unsuspecting opponents and backtracking.

However, Filipowski is uniquely coordinated for a player of his size, displaying admirable confidence with the ball and a quickness to get around defenders. Although 3×3 basketball is a different animal than what he will play at Duke, this clip from the 3×3 U18 World Cup shows how, beyond his size, Filipowski also has a natural athleticism to lean on. .

In a similar vein, the Westtown, NY native has strong grips, allowing him to maneuver through the paint. He can also mark the dribble, allowing him to create an opportunity even without a clear shooting lane. His footwork is well developed, with Filipowski frequently using a variety of spinning moves and crossovers to work his way inside for lay-ups and dunks, which you can see in action in the following clip.

In his high school play, Filipowski can often be seen acting as the primary ball handler, and he has the point guard’s eye to match. While also capable of initiating plays, Filipowski excels at finding tight passing lanes on the fly, drawing defenders’ attention to himself and leaving a teammate open for an easy field goal. While there’s always a chance that a freshman’s score will drop once he faces higher-level competition, Filipowski’s vision and facilitating qualities mean he can probably act as a cement and attack builder for a team made up largely of new players.

One of Filipowski’s most unique qualities, however, is that he is almost seven feet tall and can shoot three times. In eight games played last summer for the New York Renaissance on the Nike EYBL Tour, Filipowski shot an impressive 46.2% from three, and in his highlight reels he demonstrated his ability to shoot from all areas. around the arc, pulling into traffic and shooting. up to three. If all else fails Filipowski this year — though it probably won’t — there isn’t a team in college hoops that would say no to a 6-foot-11 sniper.

Although he distinguished himself at the secondary level, questions remain around Filipowski. Namely, will his abilities translate once he regularly faces competitors his own size and larger? Or even once smaller players are faster and more skilled than anyone he’s played with before? A big part of what sets him apart from his peers are the various ways he’s able to leverage his height advantage to make room for more skillful plays, and he could lose some of that advantage against college-level players.

Despite natural blocking and rebounding instincts, Filipowski’s limited explosiveness, as is often the case for a player of his size, raised some defensive concerns. This could constrain him within the Blue Devils system, hampering the freedom with which he is able to perform his other tricks. Still, all of those questions will be answered once he takes the field for the Blue Devils for the first time this winter, and until then Duke fans can count on Filipowski bringing a diverse skill set to the Cameron Indoor Stadium. in a capable set.


Sasha Richie
| sports editor

Sasha Richie is a junior at Trinity and sports editor of the 118th volume of The Chronicle.