Standing at 6-11 Ristic displays terrific size for his position, to go along with incredibly long wingspan and decent length. He’s fairly mobile big man who shows nice speed and mobility, nice coordination and average jumping abilities as well. the young Serb is extremely skilled big man, the major question marks around him appear in either mental and physical appearance. Ristic lacks the higher degree of toughness - while posting up on the block, despite an advantage of size and length, he preferred to fade away rather than to go all the way to the basket, avoiding physical contact. Ristic who is simply kind young man, doesn’t like to fight with stronger front-court players, missing character.
Offensively, there is no doubt that Ristic is one of the most skilled and versatile big men in his generation. Ristic still struggles to establish deep post position due to his skinny frame, however he takes an advantage of his speed to find open looks in transition or rolling after ball screens. Once he receives the ball back to the basket, Ristic is capable of finishing it on several ways thanks to his polished post skills. He impresses with jump-hooks with either hand, drop-step move, hook shot or an ability to beat his opponent off the dribble facing up. He made 61.1% of his free throws, displaying nice follow-through and stroke in his release and showing a room to become reliable with his mid-range jumper.
Mobile, fluid and quite athletic Ristic possesses high basketball IQ, what allows him to read the defense and react immediately in order to improvise. As he lacks a blow of quickness, rolling to the basket Ristic often is covered, but with smart positioning forces opponents to rotate in order to fall into mismatch with smaller guard. He’s not selfish, with his soft hands and high basketball IQ, he possesses room to become decent passing big man.
Defensively, Ristic possesses all necessary tools to become reliable defender on either 4 and 5 position - as his size, length and agility allow him to cover space inside the paint as well as stay in front of his man on the perimeter. Serb is quick enough to hedge hard on pick&roll and speed laterally enough to back to his own man on time. Although he tries to contest each shot in the paint, Ristic is still only average shot blocker as he bites on pump fakes and sometimes simply stays upright in his stance with hands up instead of getting low on knees, stop dribble penetration and block it in right time. He undeniably lacks bulk, giving up position on the low post and getting outmuscled too easily. Anyway, he’s solid defender, but not sort of rim protector you might expect from someone with his physical tools. He still doesn’t look fully developed physical-wise, though. Ristic is very good offensive rebounder, always crashing the glass and looking for put backs. He needs to get weight and strength to control the board on the higher level.
With his polished post game, soft touch from midrange, decent athleticism and incredible length, Ristic is considered as wait-and-see prospect. Continuing to grow into his frame and improving upper-body he should first of all prove his game at senior level as now struggles to held his own in most of match-ups in Serbian top division. Will be auto-eligible only in 2017
2009-2010: FMP Zeleznik (Serbia)
2010-2011: FMP Zeleznik (Serbia)
2011-2012: Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)
2012-2013: Radnicki (Serbia)
2013-2014: Red Star (Serbia) and Sunrise Christian Academy (USA)
2014-2015: Arizona (NCAA, USA)
2015-2016: Arizona (NCAA, USA)
2016-2017: Arizona (NCAA, USA)