Not everything went as planned, and Tarczewski returned for his senior season. Zeus' return is not a slight against Ristic, as it's actually a blessing in disguise.
Granted, the 6-foot-11 Ristic has a polished offensive post game, but he still has plenty of room for improvement.
Another year in Sean Miller's program will only further maximize Ristic's potential.
Last season, he came off the bench and averaged 3.4 points per game while playing 8 minutes. Ristic showed flashes of brilliance in limited playing time and with the departure of Brandon Ashley there will be more touches for the big man.
It is pretty much a guarantee that Tarczewski will start over the sophomore center, but Ristic's high skill-level in the post is just the type of offensive firepower a second unit needs.
The most intriguing aspect of Ristic's play may be the idea that he can play the four. We don't see how he and Tarczewski can succeed while on the court at the same time, but it is definitely something the coaches have discussed.
Ristic has made tremendous strides as a player since arriving at Arizona. He has worked on his physical attributes all while adjusting to the American style of basketball.
Next season will be a true test for Ristic as he will be looked at to score more and contribute defensively.