Duke’s basketball program could one day see Filipowski versus Filipowski.
As things stand, it looks like both Filipowski twins, who are currently rummaging through the paint as seniors for Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.), will be playing their college ball under the guidance of the legendary Duke basketball guards of the past. Both plan to do this while attending a prestigious school.
And there’s at least a chance they’ll meet as freshmen early in the 2022-23 season. That’s what Duke commit Kyle Filipowski must want to see, evidenced by: his proud quote tweet from his brother, Matt Filipowski, who this week announced his affiliation with Harvard head coach and Blue Devil alumnus Tommy Amaker.
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“Proud of you twins,” wrote Kyle Filipowksi. “I have to have that Duke Harvard game for next year.”
With Mike Krzyzewski retiring in the spring, the Hall of Famer’s fears of playing his former players and assistants should no longer apply in Durham. So with that in mind, maybe the Duke Blue Devils will return to the Harvard Crimson, as they did nine times between the 1980s and the early 1990s.
A summary of Harvard and Duke basketball recruiting classes
In July, Kyle Filipowski became the first pledge for Blue Devil National Champion Jon Scheyer in his new role as pending head coach. The 6-foot-11, 230-pound five-star currently ranks number 8 overall on the 247Sport 2022 Composite.
Also in the Duke basketball recruiting so far are five-star center Dereck Lively (ranking No. 2), five-star minor striker Dariq Whitehead (No. 5) and four-star shooting guard Jaden Schutt (No. 56).
Meanwhile, Matt Filipowski is not ranked and not rated on 247Sport, but his offer sheet also included East Carolina and Pitt.
Regardless of the rankings, or lack thereof, the 6-foot-11, 235-pounder is a solid, promising pick-up for Tommy Amaker, who now consistently builds recruiting classes that make it into the top 100 in the country. In addition to Matt Filipowski, he has a 2022 contract from La Lumiere (Ind.) three-star power forward Chisom Okpara.
The 56-year-old Amaker is entering his 14th season at Harvard and 25th as head coach, with an overall record of 427-278.
If Matt Filipowski can expect one thing as a future Crimson player, it’s that his head coach, the inaugural NABC Defensive Player of the Year in 1987, is sure to teach and expect complete defensive excellence.