By the time Dusan Ristic left Serbia after New Year’s, the 7-footer was so impressed with Arizona that he didn’t even want to talk to any other schools.

Then he visited campus last weekend with his parents and it was obvious where he should go. Ristic formally announced Saturday he would play for the UA next season, after he played his final home game for Sunrise Christian Academy of Wichita, Kan., on Saturday.

“I think they have amazing facilities for basketball and everything I need to become a better player,” Ristic said. “It was amazing, really. I had some photos and videos of Arizona, but when I was in Tucson, I saw amazing basketball facilities, a beautiful city and everything was very nice.”

Although Ristic actually played club ball with former UA forward Ivan Radenovic, he said it was UA associate head coach Joe Pasternack who first interested him in the idea of coming to play at Arizona. He said Radenovic did speak highly of the Wildcats, however.

One reason Radenovic arrived at UA from Serbia a decade ago was to avoid signing a long-term pro deal at home, leaving him freer to pursue other options, but Ristic said he could have signed a deal for only five years.

Instead, though, he opted to leave because he said he felt he would develop better in the U.S.

“My former coach said I needed to decide if I wanted to play pro basketball in Europe or go to the United States,” Ristic said. “I decided to go to the States and play college basketball because I think I can improve my skills the best way.”

Ristic said Arizona also has a playing style that is similar to his former Serbian team, allowing him the potential to pick and roll.

Ristic is 7 feet and about 240 pounds, Sunrise Academy coach Kyle Lindsted said, with good hands and feet.