Arizona center Dusan Ristic does a red carpet interview with the media prior to the start of the CATSYS awards ceremonies at McKale Center, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Tucson, Ariz. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Although he’s had the chance to return home to Serbia to play professionally since his high school days, UA center Dusan Ristic said it was particularly hard not to this spring.

Ristic said European basketball officials were pressuring him harder with good offers this spring, though he decided to return to finish his degree and “compete for championships.”

Ristic said he also considered testing the NBA Draft as teammates Chance Comanche and Rawle Alkins are, but decided against that after speaking with coach Sean Miller.

“I didn’t want to test anything because I wanted to be 100 percent focused,” he said.

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball