By JOHN BOHNENKAMP
Filip Rebraca was expected to be a bigger offensive contributor for Iowa this season.
But his current run has been especially impressive.
Rebraca, who had career highs of 30 points and six assists in Saturday’s 106-75 win over Southeast Missouri State, was named the Big Ten’s player of the week on Monday.
Rebraca has averaged 20.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 blocks in the last three games, production that has been beneficial since the Hawkeyes have been without leading scorer and rebounder Kris Murray during that stretch.
“From a scoring standpoint, Filip has really stepped up, and that’s obviously a void that we lose with Kris being out,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said after Saturday’s win. “It’s great to see.”
“It’s tough, because we also rely on him a lot for rebounding and scoring,” Rebraca said of Murray’s absence. “He’s one of our best players, if not the best player. So, it’s tough at times, but it also allows us to gain confidence as well, especially for myself. He hasn’t been here in a while, and I want him to be on the court with me. When he’s not out there, I have to be aggressive. I feel like I’m doing the right things, and I know I can do these things.”
Rebraca was 12-of-13 from the field in Saturday’s game. He is shooting a team-high 61.4 percent from the field this season.
Rebraca is averaging 13.1 points and 8.4 rebounds this season.
Photo: Filip Rebraca shoots in Saturday’s game against Southeast Missouri State. (Stephen Mally/hawkeyesports.com)