UND men's BB adds 2 Europeans
Pat Sweeney | Jul 19, 2018 AT 9:50 am
University of North Dakota head men’s basketball coach Brian Jones announced the additions of Davids Atelbauers and Filip Rebraca to the program on Thursday. Both players have European roots and will bring UND’s list of international players on its roster to three after France’s Marko Coudreau signed in May.
“We are excited to announce the additions of Davids and Filip to round out our
roster for the 2018-19 season,” Jones said. “Both of these young men bring the
character, competitiveness and skill sets that we need to add to our locker
room and have been competing at high levels over in Europe for many years.”
Atelbauers is a 6-foot-1 combo guard that has played for the Latvia Youth National Team and led that squad in scoring three different seasons. A native of Ogre, Latvia, Atelbauers was a five-time Latvian Youth Basketball League All-Star and has played several seasons for BK Ogre.
“Davids is a hard-nosed point guard who will do whatever it takes to help his team win. He has a great first step, which allows him to make plays at the rim,” Jones added. “Our fans will love his unselfishness and toughness that he brings to the floor.”
A native of Sombor, Serbia, Rebraca spent this past season
at Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass., where he was named the
Dale Lash Team MVP (Easthampton, Mass.) and earned Class A All-NEPSAC
accolades. The 6-foot-9 center is the son of Zeljko Rebraca, who played for
three teams in the National Basketball Association from 2001-06.
“Filip will bolster our depth at the forward position. He has a tremendous motor and explosiveness off the floor,” Jones said. “His ability to play above the rim on both ends of the floor will excite both his teammates and our fans. He’s been around high levels of basketball his entire life and those experiences have certainly had an impact on his development as a player.”
Atelbauers and Rebraca join a list of five other newcomers that have joined the Fighting Hawks’ program during the offseason and will be eligible to compete in 2018-19.