UND announced Thursday that its new head men's basketball coach will be Paul Sather of Northern State.

Sather will replace Brian Jones, who left to take a job at Illinois State.

Here are five things to know about Sather:

1. His rebuilds weren't immediate

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Sather has twice successfully rebuilt men's basketball programs -- but it took a nearly one recruiting cycle to do so both times.

He started at Black Hills State in 2005 and went 43-47 in the first three seasons. In Year 4, Black Hills State went 30-5 overall and 13-1 in conference play, setting a school record for wins. It also went to the NAIA Final Four that season.

In Year 5, Black Hills State went 21-10, won the conference title and reached the NAIA tournament again.

Then, he went to Northern State, where the pattern was similar.

The Wolves went 25-27 his first two seasons at the helm, but had a big turnaround in Year 3, reaching the 20-win mark. They reached the NCAA tournament in Year 5. Northern State has won back-to-back NSIC titles the last two seasons and reached the NCAA national title game in 2018.

2. He has heavily recruited this area

Nearly all of Sather's rosters at Northern State were made up of players from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

In the past four seasons, 25 of the 28 players on Northern State's rosters came from those three states. The only exceptions were Jonny Dahl from Keokuk, Iowa, for a single season, Mason Stark from Chandler, Ariz., and Roko Dominovic from Split, Croatia.

The last time Northern State had more than two players on its roster from outside the Dakotas and Minnesota was 2012-13, when it had three. That was Sather's third season in Aberdeen.

Sather has recruited Grand Forks, too.

In 2012, he landed former Red River standout guard Mack Arvidson, who led the Roughriders to a state title in North Dakota. It worked well for Sather. Arvidson ended up being a second-team all-Northern Sun player.

Sather also came to this area to land 6-foot-7 forward Cole Dahl from Newfolden, Minn. Dahl was a junior on the 2018-19 Wolves team.

3. He hasn't been big on transfers

The number of transfers are skyrocketing in Division I men's basketball team, but Sather rarely went that route.

In the last six seasons at Northern State, he only picked up two transfers -- Jonny Dahl from Stephen F. Austin and Logan Doyle from South Dakota State.

Dahl arrived with all four years of eligibility. He took a medical redshirt in his first year at SFA. Doyle arrived with two years of college eligibility left.

Dahl left after one year, while Doyle played his final two seasons with the Wolves.

4. Sather once got ejected -- and high-fived a fan on the way out

Sather once was ejected from a game against Augustana in January 2017 after receiving two technical fouls.

As the Sioux Falls Argus Leader wrote the next day, he earned those technicals.

Perhaps the best part of his ejection is that he high-fived a fan on his way out.

5. Sather grew up playing hockey

Sather should fit in well in Grand Forks. He can coach basketball and talk hockey.

Sather grew up in Princeton, Minn., playing hockey with his brothers, Greg and Jon. Late in junior high school, Paul switched to basketball, which ended up being a good career move.

Sather played college basketball at Northern State before embarking on his coaching career that has now led him to Grand Forks.