Arizona Wildcats basketball: Miller excited about Ristic's post skills

2014-04-16T12:15:00Z 2014-04-16T14:23:05Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Miller excited about Ristic's post skillsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Serbian center Dusan Ristic signed his letter-of-intent this morning at Sunrise Christian Academy, allowing UA coach Sean Miller to speak about him publicly for the first time.

“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 in a UA statement. “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.”

Ristic is the latest of five UA recruits in 2014, the third straight powerhouse recruiting class that Miller has assembled. He will be expected to work in a post rotation with Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley and Matt Korcheck.

In the fall, Miller signed point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwight, shooting guard Kadeem Allen, wing Stanley Johnson and forward Craig Victor.

“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.”

Ristic only left Serbia in January and finished out the season at Sunrise Christian Academy. UA associate head coach Joe Pasternack was the lead recruiter for Ristic, convincing him to play for the Wildcats after he left Serbia and wrapped up his high school career.

While Ristic's learning curve was steep while having to join the team at midseason, Sunrise Christian coach Kyle Lindsted said Ristic improved and wound up with a strong performance against Prime Prep in the season finale.

“I think he had a double-double in that game,” Lindsted said. “If he’d had more time to play, he would have been really big for us.”

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