Rumblings that Dominic Artis was close to a college decision were prevalent at the Fab 48 this week.
On Sunday, just after the Oakland Soldiers were eliminated from the event, Artis opted to give Ben Howland and UCLA a verbal commitment.
“I really like Ben Howland’s style of play,” Artis told Scout.com. “When I went down there for the visit all the guys were real cool and it just seemed like a good fit for me.”
Artis, who also considered California, Florida State, Oregon and Georgia Tech, said the guard situation at UCLA was especially enticing to him.
“When they first started recruiting me they told me they really wanted me to be apart of their program,” he said. “Once I started playing better after Pangos, they really stressed to me that they needed a point guard and I could come in and play.”
“They have a great legacy of point guards up there,” the four-star prospect added.
Artis, who will finish his high school career at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, has had a strong spring and summer and made his way into Scout.com’s recent rankings, checking in at No. 95.
“I’ve just really been working hard,” he said. “I’ve put in a lot of hours and early mornings before school. I’ve been working hard and it’s showing on the court.”
Artis is UCLA’s second verbal commitment in the 2012 class. He joins top 100 wing Jordan Adams to make up their current class.