Q/A with 2022 four-star Kyle Filipowski
Tell me about where you grew up.
I grew up in a small suburban town in Hudson Valley, New York with not much there to do. My parents would take my twin and I down to NYC in order to play against better competition for ball.
Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?
I wouldn’t say basketball was a priority in my household, my parents never forced it on me it just came naturally to me. Basketball runs in my family’s blood so even though there’s a history of my family playing, which might seem pressuring, I think just having it as a part of our lives and seeing my parents coach and my brothers play gave me the urge to want to pick up the ball.
When did you start taking the sport seriously?
I started taking basketball seriously probably in 5th grade when I began to play competitive AAU. I didn’t know or think about the possibilities it has now lead to at that time, but I just loved the game and wanted to be the best.
Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?
My mom played d1 basketball at Long Beach State in California back when her and Cheryl Miller were the two top recruits coming out of their class and was a Parade All American. My dad played D2 at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. My uncle is 7’2’’ and played at Boston College and my aunt played at Dartmouth College. My oldest brother was on the practice team for the women’s team at the University of Louisville back when Rick Pitino was the head coach for the men’s team.
Describe your game in a sentence or two.
My game is the definition of a position-less player because of my all around style and how versatile I am. I am 6’10’’ and have the ability to shoot from all areas, handle the ball, post up, face up, etc. My versatility gives me the ability to guard positions 1-5 and play positions 1-5 which is what makes my game so unique.
What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?
The game of basketball gives me so many opportunities in life that I wouldn’t be able to get if I didn’t play. I started out just playing the game and falling in love with it and knowing this is what I want to do with my life. I then realized that I can use basketball to make a change too because basketball is so much more than playing a game. I want to be able to use my basketball platform in order to give back to the community and give kids opportunities to achieve their dreams just like how I am doing.
How do you feel about your current ranking?
I don’t think much of my current ranking. I know I am one of the best players in the country in my class and if anything I just use that ranking to motivate me more because I have to prove myself each and everyday that I’m the best player out there. It just adds fuel to the fire.
Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?
Rankings don’t matter one bit. So to all those kids that want to be ranked and think that being ranked will get you where you want to be for college, forget about it. I earned all of my offers and interests before my name even appeared on one of those rankings websites so nobody needs rankings to tell you how good you can be. Only you can determine your future and that’s through focusing on what you need to improve on in order to achieve your goals.
Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?
I do not have a list of current schools that I am focused on because Covid has delayed the recruiting process so not every school that I have hoped to see me play as seen me play yet.
What schools reach out to you the most?
Ohio State, Marquette, Iowa, Louisville, Northwestern, and UCLA reach out to me the most with Michigan State showing high interest as well.
During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?
Yes 100%. Obviously it’s great to hear from the assistants and associates consistently but when the head coach is the one that takes the time out if their schedule to call or text me it does show how serious they are about me and makes me feel like a number one priority to them.
What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?
I know it’s really hard for coaches to be recruiting during the “Covid era” and every school has their own way of going about things which is completely understandable, but even if Covid is restricting coaches from seeing players play, if they are extremely interested in a player why not still show how serious they are about the player. Whatever a coach can do whether it be sending mail, text or call, or zooms, that stands out a lot to us letting us know we are a priority to them.
Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?
My parents and my high school and AAU coaches have helped me tremendously throughout this process and I’m grateful for all of them. They’re helping me become the best person and player I can be while making sure I stay humbled and patient throughout this journey.
What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?
Stay patient and stay hungry. The recruiting process is a long journey and even if you may not be getting the attention you’d hope to be getting by a specific time, as long as you keep dedicating yourself to the game then you will eventually get the recognition you deserve.
What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially, officially or virtually?
I have not been able to visit any schools physically yet, but I have had virtual visits with Ohio State, Marquette, Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, Louisville, Iowa, UCLA, Maryland, Creighton, Illinois, and Pitt.
Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?
Michigan State, Duke, Virginia, Villanova, Indiana, Stanford, Michigan, Wake Forest, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Princeton have all shown interest in me and I would be honored to receive an offer from them in the future.
Name a few schools that aren’t recruiting you at all, that you would like to receive an offer from sometime in the future.
I always look forward to any new schools expressing interest. For example, some schools that would catch my attention would be UNC, Kansas, and Syracuse.
Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?
My dream is to win a national championship. However-so to accomplish that goal is how I want to do it. Of course it’s good to have some other great talent on the team but the teams chemistry and love for the game is what’s more important because that will take care of the rest.
Did you have a dream school growing up?