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UND men’s basketball continues European trend with two international additions

The UND men's basketball program has started to test the international waters. The Fighting Hawks announced Thursday the addition of two foreign players to the roster for the 2018-19 season, including the son of a former NBA player.UND has added ...

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The UND men’s basketball program has started to test the international waters.

The Fighting Hawks announced Thursday the addition of two foreign players to the roster for the 2018-19 season, including the son of a former NBA player.
UND has added Davids Atelbauers and Filip Rebraca, making it three European additions this offseason. They join France’s Marko Coudreau who signed in May.

“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.,” UND men’s basketball coach Brian Jones said.

Atelbauers, a 6-foot-1 guard, 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 said. “Our fans will love his unselfishness and toughness that he brings to the floor.”

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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 NBA (Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers) 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 six other newcomers UND has added this offseason for the  2018-19 roster.

The large recruiting class was necessary after a string of transfers, including the high-profile exit of graduate transfer Geno Crandall, who will attend Gonzaga. The Hawks also lost junior college transfer Jaqwan McCauley, who was injured early last season and has been ruled medically disqualified.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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