By Tyler Devine
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Luka Garza is on to the professional ranks and Jack Nunge transferred.
Now, the Iowa men’s basketball team is looking to the transfer portal to fill a need in the post.
North Dakota transfer Filip Rebraca had a virtual visit with Fran McCaffery and his staff Tuesday.
“The primary reason for the meeting was for them to show me the type of basketball that they play,” Rebraca said. “They showed me a bunch of sets that they run, how they like to play, why they like to play like that and, primarily, how I would fit into that. My impressions of it were really good.
“Their type of basketball looks fun. There is a lot of freedom to play. I could be setting screens, I could be receiving screens. I could be rolling, I could be popping. There’s just a lot of freedom and it was very entertaining to see.”
The 6-foot-9, 222-pound Rebraca said he has been in contact with Minnesota, South Carolina, Wichita State and Tulsa, among others.
The native of Sombor, Serbia, said he does not have a timetable for his decision, but understands that teams are trying to fill their rosters as quickly as possible.
“There are teams that are trying to get good players on their rosters, so I’m not trying to take up too much time,” Rebraca said. “But also, I want some time to make an educated decision. So I’m going to hear all the teams that are interested in me and I want to find the best fit.”
Rebraca comes from basketball stock. His father Zeljko Rebraca was a second-round pick in the 1994 NBA Draft and played six seasons between the Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers.
Last season at North Dakota, Rebraca averaged 16.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 50.6% from the field.
He is from the same town as Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic.