IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa Basketball program added a much-needed front-court presence on Thursday when North Dakota transfer Filip Rebraca announced his decision to become a Hawkeye. The Serbian started three seasons for the Fighting Hawks.
“I chose Iowa because of the culture, the coaches and the team they have. They have everything I need individually, but more importantly the chance to be one of the best teams out there,” Rebraca told HN Thursday.
Iowa is looking to replace all-time leading scorer Luka Garza and backup Jack Nunge in the post. It’s expecting incoming freshman Riley Mulvey and second-year player Josh Ogundele as interior players on the roster next season.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has told Rebraca he likes his ability to play in the post, face up and guard multiple positions. It’s the type of versatility the coach covets.
Rebraca shot 37.5 percent in knocking down 15 three-pointers this season. He’s shot 54.3 percent from the floor in starting 73 of 86 games during his three college seasons. His 122 free throws attempts were the fifth most in the Summit League for 2020-21.
“I believe my versatility is my biggest asset. I can do a little bit of everything. I can post, face up, and shoot. I need to develop all these skills even more,” Rebraca said to HN earlier this month.
Rebraca benefitted from two strong advisors in the recruiting process, both of whom joined him on the call with Iowa. His father, Željko Rebrača, played in the NBA and Europe. His godfather, George Grkinich, played at Fresno State.
“My dad liked how (the Hawkeyes) used the freedom of play. He told me that this is great basketball that they’re playing. I think my godfather agreed with him. These are two guys that know their basketball, and I trust their opinions,” Rebraca said.
Foreign players are required to attend at least one in-person class while at a US college. The North Dakota Business graduate program is all on-line, which sparked his decision to look for a new school. He’s searching for the right academic fit after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and also one for basketball.