GRAND FORKS -- Filip Rebraca had no shortage of options to choose from in his transfer destination.
The former University of North Dakota forward, who put his name in the transfer portal because of a change in his masters program, announced Thursday he's heading to the University of Iowa.
"I'm looking for a place where I can develop more towards an outside game, and a program I can help win," Rebraca told WDAY Sports. "Iowa's culture, they have a winning culture, and I want to contribute to that."
Rebraca, who average 17.2 points per game as a junior at UND, chose the Hawkeyes over another Big Ten school.
"It was really hard because I really liked Iowa and Minnesota, these were the two teams, two programs that I really had high hopes for," he said. "Last night, I was thinking about everything, writing stuff down about what I like about each program."
"I just valued some things that Iowa offered, a little bit more than Minnesota."
Iowa has a need at a big position, having just lost reigning consensus national player of the year in college basketball.
"Coach (Fran) McCaffery told me they want to use my versatility," Rebraca said. "He said you'll be easy to plug in, a player like me, in this program."
He drew interest from schools like San Diego State, Utah, Stanford, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wichita State.
Rebraca was named to the All-Summit League second team this past season, when he led UND in points, rebounds and total minutes.
"Coach Sather left a mark on my mental aspect for the game," Rebraca said. "He really taught me what being a good leader and good teammate means."
With an extra year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rebraca can play two seasons at Iowa.
"I feel like it was just a few months ago that I arrived on UND campus and it was a whole new world," Rebraca said. "Now here I am, ready to move to another place I've never been to before."