The Duquesne Dukes have already added four new players to next seasons roster and they might not be done.
Tonight, Keith Dambrot spoke with former North Dakota forward Filip Rebraca. The six-foot-nine, 225-pound forward from Serbia entered the transfer portal a week ago and is in contact with a number of programs. Last season with North Dakota, Rebraca averaged 31.8 minutes, 16.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Back in 2019-20, Rebraca averaged 14.3 points and 8.9 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game. In three seasons at North Dakota, his average field goal percentage is 53%.
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Following his conversation with Dambrot, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Rebraca to find out more about him and his thoughts on Duquesne.
“Duquesne first reached out to me two or three days after I entered the transfer portal,” said Rebraca. “I first heard from Coach McFadden and he also sent me messages. We also talked and he wanted to know about me and was telling me about Duquesne and Coach Dambrot. I was busy this week with phone calls and three exams and I was glad that I finally got a chance to talk with Coach Dambrot today.”
“My impressions today of Coach Dambrot were all good. He was very honest and told me what he thought about me and how he believed that I could play at a pro level after my college career. He believes that he can help develop me into that player. I know his resume. He has multiple players in the NBA, multiple players playing in Europe and has also coached the best player in the world today, which is LeBron James. I really respect what he’s done in the past and that carries a lot of weight with me now.”
As far as what Rebraca and his skillset, I asked him what Dambrot was impressed with the most?
“My versatility,” said Rebraca. “Pretty much every school that’s talked to me have brought that up and how I can do a little bit of everything. I’d say that I’m not perfect at anything but that I’m above average in passing, scoring, shooting, dribbling, defending, rebounding. I think that intrigued him and other schools that I’ve spoken with.”
I wrapped things up by asking this highly sought after player what this period is like for him and what’s his timeline for making a decision?
“I have a personal checklist of things that a university has to have in order for me to go there. Once I list all of these schools that have these things on my checklist and ones that could be a good fit, it’ll just be a process of me figuring it out. I want to continue to examine these schools and learn more about the coaches and what type of people they are. In terms of this recruiting process, all of this is new to me,” said Rebraca. “When I was coming out of prep school, I was pretty unknown except for North Dakota who was the only D-I, D-II or D-III school to offer me. All this attention is new to me but I’m glad that all the hard work I’ve put in has gotten me this type of recognition.”
“I don’t have any front-runners right now. I’m in the process of talking with more schools and having Zoom calls with the schools I’m really interested in. I don’t plan on dragging this process out too long because the schools that I don’t go to, I want to respect their time because they’re trying to find players as well. I want to respect everyone’s time and make this entire process orderly. I want to make a decision quick but at the same time, I don’t want to rush a decision.”