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    He's visiting AZ this weekend and lists us as his clear favorite. Is his offer committable?

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    2014 correct?

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    Originally Posted by UA SAE View Post
    2014 correct?
    Yes.

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    Jordan Brand Classic International Game: Top Prospects
    April 20, 2011
    Jonathan Givony

    Dusan Risticwas one of the few players we were already familiar with coming into this event. He did nothing to change our opinion that he has a very bright future ahead of him, winning co-MVP honors and putting up an impressive 22 points and 12 rebounds.

    Ristic stood out immediately at the first practice with his high skill-level, excellent basketball IQ and strong fundamentals. He picked up everything that was thrown at him and played with a smooth, under control demeanor. He scored in a variety of ways in the game: hook shots with either hand, soft mid-range jumpers and spin moves in the paint.

    Ristic is only 15 years old. His body still has a lot of development to undergo, but his frame and his length leave plenty of room for optimism. In practice, he struggled at times with contact and needed to be reminded to box out and play with more of a mean streak, but in the game he had no problem asserting himself offensively.

    From DraftExpress.comhttp://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz2uNZf1FA9
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    Some real good stuff about this kid on draftexpress and all over the internet. Seems like he needs to improve his toughness. Arizona is a great place for that.

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    Did I read that right? He is only 15?

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    Originally Posted by mstrom28 View Post
    Did I read that right? He is only 15?
    Yeah on April 20, 2011 when that was written.

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    In April of 2011, notice the date of the article

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    Originally Posted by Chad267 View Post
    In April of 2011, notice the date of the article
    The date is 4-20

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    Projected to go #26 in the 2015 draft.....one spot ahead of Zeus.

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    Originally Posted by DT4 View Post
    Projected to go #26 in the 2015 draft.....one spot ahead of Zeus.
    I think that was going to be the case if he went directly from europe to the pros as the NBA sure loves drafting on potential at the end of the 1st and into the 2nd. If he goes the college route it sounds like he'll probably need a few years.

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    Strengths and Weaknesses per Draftexpress

    Strengths: -Has very good size at 6-11, possibly 7-0, with extremely long arms
    -Improved frame
    -High basketball IQ and excellent skill-level for a big man
    -Can score with his back to the basket. Decent footwork and nice range on jump-hook
    -Finishes with both hands around the rim
    -Can make a mid-range jumper
    -Good passer
    -Presence inside the paint defensively thanks to long wingspan
    -Terrific rebounder at this level of competition (14.1 per-40 at NIJT)

    Weaknesses: -Below average athlete. Lacks quickness and explosiveness in a serious way
    -Poor open floor speed
    -Struggles to finish around the rim in traffic due to limited leaping ability. Rarely dunks the ball
    -Effort level can be questionable at times. Not a fiery or intense personality. Lets smaller players take loose balls right out of his hands at times
    -Lacks toughness inside the paint. Doesn't seem to love contact
    -57% FT% at NIJT. 42% in Serbian league
    -Doesn't always show up in the big games

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Dusan-Ristic-6363/

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    Originally Posted by Sunshine View Post
    I think that was going to be the case if he went directly from europe to the pros as the NBA sure loves drafting on potential at the end of the 1st and into the 2nd. If he goes the college route it sounds like he'll probably need a few years.
    He could have been a draft and stash possibility as well

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    Who has more potential, Dusan or Michal Cekovsky?

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    Originally Posted by arizona-wildcats View Post
    He looks like a weaker Zeus.

    Assuming he stays around for a while, this could be quite the pickup.

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    Originally Posted by Esq View Post
    He looks like a weaker Zeus.

    Assuming he stays around for a while, this could be quite the pickup.
    A 7 footer who could realistically develop and contribute in a year or 2 after being in the program is a much better pick up than what we got with Zach Peters at the moment.

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    Originally Posted by Wildcat_13 View Post
    He could have been a draft and stash possibility as well
    Yeah that's what I was trying to say, I apologize for not being clear.

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    Originally Posted by Sunshine View Post
    A 7 footer who could realistically develop and contribute in a year or 2 after being in the program is a much better pick up than what we got with Zach Peters at the moment.
    good thing Kam Rooks said no to us.

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    More I look into this kid, the more excited I get about the possibility of landing him.

    Hard to get a big of his size. Not too many available. You take the gamble almost everytime. If he was good enough to be projected as a draft and stash for a team in the NBA, having him develop at Arizona instead sounds ideal as a fan.

    Could backup Zeus next year and take over his Sophomore year, with a front court of Rabb (Please baby jesus), Zeus v2.0 and a sophomore Victor? Hell yes.

    C'mon Sean, lock him up!

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    A 7 footer with long arms is a great combo. Also seeing him use both hands at an early age is nice. But being candid, his athleticism and questioned motivation scares me. It took Zeus a hell of a lot of hard work to get to where he is today and is relatively athletic for a big, and has a little ways to go before he is dominating. Hope the comments on his lack of motivation are off though. Rounds can push these guys but they have to be willing to put in the work.

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    Where does it say there's questions of motivation? He's timid offensively in regards to banging. That's not a motivation issue that's an aggression issue.

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    Originally Posted by Sunshine View Post
    Where does it say there's questions of motivation? He's timid offensively in regards to banging. That's not a motivation issue that's an aggression issue.
    Which could be argued that a majority of European bigs are timid. Being at Arizona could help with that problem.

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    Looks to me like he has great hands and is very mobile. The European basketball body language is quaint.

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    I read the "effort level can be questionable at times" as a motivation issue. But it maybe it was a misinterpretation, not to mention I shouldn't put much stock into Istanbul's Draft Express's comments. Here's to him being more Vlade than Darko.

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    Originally Posted by Ric Aspen View Post
    Looks to me like he has great hands and is very mobile. The European basketball body language is quaint.
    I wouldn't call Kreal "quaint" at anything.

    Radenović maybe.

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    Haven't seen him dunk in any of these videos. Is he more of a Kreal type player versus a Zeus type player?

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    Originally Posted by UA_in_FL View Post
    Haven't seen him dunk in any of these videos. Is he more of a Kreal type player versus a Zeus type player?
    There's one highlight video where he dunks it numerous times.

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    Originally Posted by Ned Zissou View Post
    good thing Kam Rooks said no to us.
    Kam Rooks is awful.

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    A bigger Ivan Radenovic?

    Would anyone be upset if he went that route? I sure wouldn't.

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