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Hawkeyes Add Filip Rebraca

The Iowa men’s basketball team received some much needed good news on Thursday when Filip Rebraca announced he would be committed to the Hawkeye program:

Rebraca (pronounced REH-BRA-CHA), a native of Serbia, comes to Iowa from North Dakota of the Summit League, the same league as NCAA Cinderella Oral Roberts plays in.

Rebraca (6-9/222) scored in double figures in all 25 of North Dakota’s regular season games (the only Summit League player to do so) and averaged 16.8/ppg and 7.5/rpg this past season.  He attempted 344 field goals, with just 41 of those attempts coming from three (making 15).  He was 159 of 303 from two point range, a .506 field goal percentage.  He made 59.4% of his two’s during his sophomore season (taking just nine treys) while averaging 14.3 points and 8.9 rebounds.  Rebraca averaged 13.2 field goal attempts per game this past year.  For comparison, Luka Garza averaged 16.4 field goals per game for Iowa this past season and made 58.1% of his twos.  Joe Wieskamp averaged 10.6 shots per game.  So Rebraca’s field goal attempt rate was in between those two.

As the stats suggest, Rebraca is not a stretch four and much more comfortable in the paint, which is exactly what Iowa needs for this coming season.  He played the center position for North Dakota, and earned second team all conference this past season.  He tallied 76 blocks in his three seasons at North Dakota, which is 8th all time in their program’s history.  His 20 career double-doubles are the most in the history of the program since they made the jump to Division I in 2008.

When you watch the highlight video embedded below, you will definitely get a feel for Rebraca’s game.  He’s a five and wants to play in the post.  He has good footwork and touch around the rim.  His frame does not conjure memories to Big Ten center’s of the past, with perhaps Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ coming to mind; Happ was 6-10 and listed at 235.  However, Rebraca scored 23 and had 6 boards in 36 minutes in North Dakota’s 76-67 loss at Minnesota in December, going up against Liam Robbins.  He was 10 of 19 from the floor that game.

The play at the 1:45 mark shows how he works to be a target with the nice head fake footwork and then a few seconds later, Rebraca (#12) goes to work with the left hand.

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