Dominic Artis commits to UCLA
LAS VEGAS -- Point guard Dominic Artis (Oakland, Calif./Findlay Prep) committed to UCLA hours after his Oakland Soldiers were eliminated from the Fab 48 in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
The Bruins spent the entire July recruiting period searching for a point guard, and Artis emerged as the leading candidate. L.J. Rose (Houston/Westbury Christian) and Javan Felix (New Orleans/St. Augustine) were on UCLA's radar, but Artis announced at the LeBron James Skills Academy in early July that UCLA was leading for his services and made his choice after considering Cal, Nevada, Baylor and a host of others.
"I think it's where his mom wanted him to always go," Oakland Soldiers director Mark Olivier said. "UCLA was not a real option for this kid a year ago."
At this time last year, he was a midlevel prospect searching for his game. He tightened up his handle and decision-making and now he's a Bruin.
"I would say last year nobody stressed [to me] winning was everything," Artis said. "That all came to me in the gym. Once I got more effective off the ball screen, my game started to excel."
UCLA's recruiting class is taking shape and still under construction. Jordan Adams (Atlanta/Oak Hill Academy) committed prior to Artis, and coach Ben Howland has been in Vegas trailing elite wing Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman).
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