Arizona now has the next answer about its fluid roster situation for the upcoming season as junior center Dusan Ristic announced his plans to return to school for his senior year on Friday. The Serbian big man started 34 games this season for UA and played in 36 finishing the year averaging 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. The Wildcats have top center in the West coming in this summer as DeAndre Ayton makes his way to Tucson, but for Risitc finishing out his college career was important.
"To answer any questions about my future, I want to announce that I am returning to the University of Arizona for my senior season," Ristic announced Friday. "It is important for me to return to finish my education and complete my goals as a player. The support of my coaches, teammates and the Arizona fans has been amazing throughout my three years in Tucson.
"I look forward to competing for championships during my final season in McKale Center."
There was some thought that with the addition of a dominant freshman like Ayton at the center position it would force Ristic to potentially look at an overseas career, but he made the decision to return. Backup center Chance Comanche made the decision to enter the NBA Draft without hiring an agent earlier this month. Freshman wing Rawle Alkins has done the same while Lauri Markkanen and Kobi Simmons have hired agents and will stay in the draft.
Allonzo Trier decided to return for his junior season Thursday morning. For UA head coach Sean Miller it brings some more clarity to his roster situation as he looks to complete his roster for the upcoming year.
"We are excited to welcome Dusan back for his senior year," Miller said. "There are very few players that have improved more over a three-year period at Arizona than he has. This is a tribute to his work ethic, love of the game and his amazing desire to improve. As a senior Dusan will be invaluable as a leader, and with continued improvement this summer, he will establish himself as one of the best front-court players in the Pac-12.
"More important, he will graduate from the University of Arizona next spring. Earning his degree is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to his work in the classroom."