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Taylor Filipek

Willmar basketball star Filipek commits to Eastern Kentucky


WILLMAR -- Taylor Filipek, a senior at Willmar High School, announced Wednesday that he has made a commitment to play basketball at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.


He will sign during the NCAA early-signing period in November, receiving a full ride. The 6-foot-6 Filipek averaged 16 points per game playing mostly point guard as a junior last season. He is projected to play at the small forward position in college.

Filipek made official visits to EKU, South Dakota (also Division I) and Minnesota State-Mankato (Division II). He had seven scholarship offers in all.

The Colonels' roster also includes former Central Lakes Conference and Rocori standout Justin Stommes, now a senior.

Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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