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Arizona basketball recruiting: Dusan Ristic signs to complete 2014 class

With the departures of Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson becoming official, Dusan Ristic has signed on as a member of the 2014 recruiting class

Jeff Gross

With Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson making their NBA Draft entrances official, an open scholarship allowed the Arizona Wildcats to sign 4-star center Dusan Ristic on Wednesday, effectively completing a five-man 2014 recruiting class.

Ristic, who measures in at 7-feet and 240 pounds, joins Stanley Johnson, Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Kadeem Allen, and Craig Victor in a well-rounded recruiting class that once again ranks as a top-10 group nationally.

"One of the things that's so exciting about Dusan coming to Arizona is that his skill level starts in the low post, which is unique in today's game," Miller said in a statement through the school. "He has fantastic hands, a high basketball I.Q. and great size, but he also comes to us very well-versed on how to play in the post.

Ristic is considered one of the best international players in his age group. His strength lies in his length, comfort scoring with his back to the basket or shooting midrange jumpers. The main knock, according to DraftExpress, seems to be regarding Ristic's toughness.

Arizona now sits at 13 scholarships and will ride returning starters in T.J. McConnell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley. Sean Miller said that he doesn't expect any transfers -- even forward Zach Peters seems to be sticking around -- so Ristic wraps up a five-player class that adds depth that this year's team didn't have.

So now the depth chart for the 2014-15 season looks something like this. And yeah, I'm keeping Gabe York in the starting lineup assuming Stanley Johnson is used like Hollis-Jefferson was this season:

Arizona basketball depth chart

Position Starter Backup 3rd-string
PG T.J. McConnell Parker Jackson-Cartwright
SG Gabe York Elliott Pitts Kadeem Allen
SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Stanley Johnson
PF Brandon Ashley Craig Victor Zach Peters
C Kaleb Tarczewski Dusan Ristic Matt Korcheck