International big man to visit Arizona

Dusan Ristic, who took home co-MVP honors at the Jordan Brand International game last year, will take an official visit to Arizona this weekend.

Dusan Ristic, a senior at Wichita (Kans.) Sunrise Christian, arrived in the United States from Serbia on January 18th. Given his international success and reputation, it's surprising that Ristic has managed to fly under the radar.

A 7-foot, 240-pound senior, Ristic played with Red Star Belgrade's youth team and made his professional debut with the Red Star farm team Radnicki FMP in 2012-2013. Ristic opted to come to the United States rather than sign a contract with the club.

Ristic took home the co-MVP honors in the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic International Game after scoring 22 points and reeling in 12 rebounds. Ristic says he patterns his game after Pau Gasol.

"I like to play in the low post," Ristic told "I like to use both hands. My favorite weapon is the half hook with both hands. I can make mid range jumpers and I like to make extra pass."

"I think that I have room to improve a lot of things, especially my body," Ristic added. "I think that U.S. is perfect place for that."

Sunrise Christian coach Kyle Lindsted said he's a gifted big man with an impressive skill level.

"He's very, very skilled," Lindsted said. "He has great hands and great feet. Obviously he's going to have to get stronger and more athletic, but there are some areas that most guys his age don't have."

Ristic will visit Arizona
Jonathan Givony, of DraftExpress, has evaluated Ristic a number of times and currently has him No. 26 overall in his 2015 NBA Mock Draft.

"He's a legit 7-footer with a great frame and really long arms," Givony told "He's as skilled a big man as you'll find. He can score with either hand in the post, is an excellent passer, and can step outside and shoot from the perimeter as well."

Givony said he's one of the top international prospects he's evaluated in his age group.

"He's consistently been considered one of the top prospects in the 1995 international class, which is one of the most talented we've seen in quite some time," he said. "He's been really well coached and should be able to contribute significantly from day one."

"He needs to continue to fill out his frame and improve his ability to deal with contact and physical play as he makes the jump to competing against higher level competition, but he's a definite NBA prospect long-term," Givony added.

Ristic said his decision to come to the United State was a tough one, but one he had to make for his long-term success.

"It was a very difficult decision," Ristic said. "I had very good facilities in Serbia. I was at home and everything was good, but I decided to come here because I think that over here I have the best chances to become a good player and achieve my goals"

"My biggest goal and my dream is to play in the NBA," Ristic added.

On the college front, Arizona appears to be the heavy favorite. Sean Miller has been to Sunrise Christian to evaluate him and Arizona will host him for a visit this coming weekend.

"Arizona is my first option," Ristic told "I talked with them before I came here."

"I say one more time that Arizona is my first option, because I think that they have all necessary things for me and for my development," Ristic added.

Ristic's parents are flying in from Serbia for the official visit. The only other school involved in Ristic's recruitment is Nebraska.

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