UNC Basketball: Tar Heels offer recruit favored to pick Duke

Hubert Davis and the UNC basketball program extended a scholarship offer to Kyle Filipowski, a 4-star prospect that’s heavily favored to pick the Duke Blue Devils.

On Saturday afternoon, North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis extended a scholarship offer to Kyle Filipowski, a class of 2022 prospect that, at this point, is seen by many as a strong Duke lean.

That includes recruiting analysts and insiders from both 247Sports and Rivals, which currently form a consensus prediction in favor of the Blue Devils when it comes to the future commitment of the rising senior from Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

A 6-foot-11-inch, 230-pound power forward out of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Filipowski not only has offers from both Duke and North Carolina, but a number of college basketball’s top programs. He’s holding nearly 30 offers in total, and among them are Connecticut, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Xavier.

According to Inside Carolina, it was UNC assistant coach Sean May that initially made contact with Filipowski during the first scholastic evaluation period in June, which was quickly followed up with a visit from Davis at the NEPSAC Showcase in Avon, Connecticut a week later. Apparently that was all the Tar Heels needed to see, as they made Filipowski an official target just a few days later.

“He’s got the type of frame that will be able to carry more weight without costing him athleticism or flexibility,” 247Sports National Recruiting Director Eric Bossi said of Filipowski after watching him play earlier this year. “The key with Filipowski is that he blends skill with some toughness and a great motor. He was running the floor, played strong around the rim, showed that he can shoot comfortably from behind the three-point line and he crashed the glass.”

Filipowski, who averaged 21 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and two steals per game last season, is the No. 33 prospect in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s the sixth-ranked center in the class, and No. 1 in the state of Massachusetts. He’s also sixth among players at his position per the latest Rivals150, though it has him ranked just 48th overall.

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