You have to appreciate a player that bets on themselves.
6-foot-9 power forward Kyler Filewich made the move last fall from Winnipeg, MB to Orangeville, ON in hopes of advancing his basketball career.
Filewich was a star basketball and football player at Vincent Massey High School and was ranked as the No.1 HS hoops player in the province of Manitoba two years in a row. Filewich was receiving some attention from a handful of mid-major NCAA schools while in Manitoba but was seeking bigger opportunities in the US and decided that making the switch to Orangeville Prep was the best move for him.
Filewich said, “I thought it was the best opportunity for me and looking at their history and all the great players that have come out of here; I feel like its the best way I can achieve my goal of going division one.”
Filewich has made an impact for Orangeville competing against the best high school players across Canada and the United States. He averaged 11.4 points per game during the regular season along with a team leading 8.9 rebounds per game.
He comes from a basketball family where both his parents played for the University of Manitoba and his older sister Keylyn was recently named a 1st Team Canada West All-Star after an impressive campaign playing for the University of British Columbia where she averaged 20 points per game.
Filewich’s head coach Tony McIntyre has helped guide the careers of several current NBA players and dozens of NCAA players and said that he feels Filewich will definitely get an opportunity somewhere in the NCAA.
For a man of his size, Filewich moves fairly gracefully but he isn’t afraid to push his weight around inside the paint which has allowed him to dominate at the high school level.
With the OSBA playoffs on tap March 5 to 8 in Toronto look for Filewich to make a lasting impression on the dozens of college coaches on hand and perhaps find himself an opportunity south of the border in the fall.
Interview and highlights of Kyler Filewich below.