Ristic commits to Arizona

Dusan Ristic, a 7-foot center, committed to Arizona a week after taking his official visit to Tucson (Ariz.). Ristic is Arizona's fifth pledge in the 2014 class.

Arizona added a big addition to their 2014 recruiting class on Saturday.

Dusan Risitc, a native of Serbia and a current player at Bel Aire (Kans.) Sunrise Christian Academy, committed to Sean Miller and his staff a week after taking an official visit to Arizona.

"Last week on a visit to Arizona, I met with the coaches, I saw their facilities, the campus, the city, and I was very satisfied with everything," Ristic told Scout.com. "I chose Arizona because they have all necessary things for my development."

Ristic was accompanied on the visit by his parents, who flew in from Serbia. While a number of schools called on Ristic, Nebraska was the only other school seriously involved in his recruitment.

"Coach Sean Miller is great person and I have a very good relationship with him," Ristic explained. "The entire coaching staff is great. They are like big family and I really like them."

Development seemed to be a major factor in Ristic's decision. According to Ristic, the Wildcats have everything he needs to develop and improve.

"They have very good coaches and many players have improved their game there and they have very good practice facilities," Ristic said.

"I am very excited and I have everything that I need to become better player," he added. "I just need to work hard and everything will be good."

Ristic played in the Jordan Brand Classic International game in 2011 and took home co-MVP honors. Ristic also played for Red Star Belgrade's young team and for their farm team Radnicki FMP in 2012-2013. He came to the United States in mid-January.

A 7-foot-1, 240-pound center, Ristic has an advanced skill set on the block. He has an impressive set of hands, good touch in the paint and a consistent jump hook over either shoulder.

Sunrise Christian coach Kyle Lindsted echoed that evaluation recently.

"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."

Jonathan Givony, of Draft Express, currently ranks him as No. 26 in the 2015 NBA Mock Draft.

"He's a legit 7-footer with a great frame and really long arms," Givony told Scout.com recently. "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."

Ristic joins a recruiting class that is already ranked No. 3 overall. Stanley Johnson is Arizona's highest rated recruit at No. 7. The Wildcats also have commitments from Craig Victor, Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Junior College product Kadeem Allen.

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