TUCSON, Ariz. – Head coach Sean Miller and the Arizona men’s basketball staff announced the signing of Dusan Ristic on Wednesday, adding to an incoming recruiting class that is already among the most highly regarded in the nation.
“One of the things that’s so exciting about Dusan coming to Arizona is that his skill level starts in the low post, which is unique in today’s game,” Miller said. “He has fantastic hands, a high basketball I.Q. and great size, but he also comes to us very well-versed on how to play in the post.
“It’s exciting to add someone of his size and talent level to our program. He’s going to add depth and versatility to our front line and I believe that his future is extremely bright.”
A native of Novi Sad, Serbia, Ristic posted a double-double at the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic International Game, scoring 22 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. He also averaged 14.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for Serbia at the 2011 FIBA U16 Championship.
Ristic started all eight games for Red Star U18 at the 2013 Nike International Junior Tournament, averaging 17.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 27.0 minutes per contest.
ESPN rates Ristic as a four-star recruit, the No. 15 center in his class and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Kansas. As a senior in 2013-14, he helped lead Sunrise Christian to a 19-7 record.
Ristic and fellow incoming student-athletes Kadeem Allen (Wilmington, N.C.), Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Los Angeles, Calif.), Stanley Johnson (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Craig Victor (New Orleans, La.) comprise a class that is currently ranked sixth nationally by ESPN.
Arizona and Kentucky are the only two programs that have signed top-10 recruiting classes in each of the last three years, and UA appears poised to extend that streak to four.
“Adding Dusan to this class essentially gives us a player at every position,” Miller said. “In today’s world, balance in classes is so important, and I think it not only serves our purpose to give next year’s team added depth, but it also provides a lot of optimism beyond next season.”
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