Another talented recruit has received an offer from Juwan Howard and company, as 2022 four-star forward Kyle Filipowski announced on Twitter Sunday evening he received an offer from the University of Michigan.
Michigan is far from the only school to show interest in the talented prospect, as he has received offers from Ohio State, Syracuse, UConn and a ton of other top programs. Christian Laettner is somewhere smiling knowing Filipowski has been offered by Duke
A number of 2022 big men have been offered by Michigan, and Filipowski is far from a traditional big man like Donovan Clingan.
Filipowski has the potential to be an elite stretch four who can excel in the pick-and-roll and as the screen setter in a pick-and-pop role. He also has one of the smoothest jump shots in the 2022 class, and at 6-foot-11, he pretty much always has the space necessary to get the shot off.
He is far from just a catch-and-shoot scorer, as Filipowski is able to get past his opponent in the high post with a litany of moves where he uses his height to his advantage. Watch the way he is able to get past defenders who can match his length. He’s not the quickest guy on the court, but his use of his pivot foot and spin moves allows him to get the basket with relative ease.
If he can’t get a shot off himself, he has excellent court vision and can shovel the ball to teammates quickly with a little bit of flare. He’s a good defender as well, as he covers up passing lanes quickly in transition and can be a pest around the basket.
With the three-point boom and the evolution of the big man happening in basketball over the past decade, Filipowski can fit perfectly into a role as a stretch-four with the Wolverines.
In a recent video breaking down his game, Ant Wright compared Filipowski to Danilo Gallinari, a crafty big man who is helping the Hawks survive in the NBA playoffs right now.
Adding a stretch four like that to Michigan’s roster would work wonders offensively. I’m not sure he would be a star right away, but he can pick-and-pop with Frankie Collins and Kobe Bufkin and be the beneficiary of open threes at the end of offensive sets.
Filipowski would offer Michigan positional flexibility in the front court. He can be your five in small lineups and thrive in a five-out offense. He can also play next to a traditional big man, or benefit from playing an inside-outside game with guys like Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate.
He would benefit from the rigorous weightlifting a D-I program would provide, and developing a turn-around jumper from mid-range would make him lethal on the offensive end and a go-to guy if the Michigan offense gets stuck and just needs someone to simply get a bucket.
Big guys who can space the floor and create their own shot are one of the hottest commodities in basketball right now. If Filipowski accepts his Michigan offer, he could maximize his potential and be apart of an offensive attack that could be one of the most lethal in college basketball in 2022.