Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats received an expected commitment from Serbian big man Dusan Ristic on Saturday, adding to an already deep 2014 recruiting class.
Dusan Ristic (Sunrise Christian Academy), officially committed to Arizona (NCAA) http://t.co/9iQnug3IUI
— Eurohopes (@Eurohopes) March 8, 2014
The Serbian big man out of Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas had reportedly been considered Arizona's to lose, according to ZagsBlog. He joins a diverse 2014 class that includes point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, combo JUCO guard Kadeem Allen, small forward Stanley Johnson and power forward Craig Victor.
Draft Express' Jonathan Givony told ZagsBlog in February that Ristic, a 7-foot, 240 pound center, is one of the top recruits in the international class.
"He's as skilled a big man as you'll find," Givony said. "He can score with either hand in the post, is an excellent passer, and can step outside and shoot from the perimeter as well. 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'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."
And so Miller's recruiting chops continue to thrive.
The Wildcats will likely lose Aaron Gordon to the draft, and it's possible Arizona has a surprise early-entry moving forward. Kaleb Tarczewski, Nick Johnson, Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson have NBA futures, though it's unclear who might make the decision to leave and join a very deep 2014 NBA Draft.