Dominic Artis, point guard from Findlay Prep, looked like he was on his way to Westwood after committing early to the UCLA Bruins. He would be joining up with one of the top classes in the country with Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson. There's the potential addition of another key recruit like Shabazz Muhammad on the horizon.
Artis isn't quite ready to become a Bruin just yet. Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports reports on the following.
Derrick Artis, Dominic’s uncle, confirmed the news to CBSSports.com.
"He felt like he rushed into his commitment," Artis said. "Still loves UCLA and they are the top of his list, but he wants to make sure he is making the right decision."
Artis is a 6-foot point guard from Findlay Prep (Nev.) who ranked No. 84 in our Top 100. He is originally from California and ran with the ultra-talented Oakland Soldiers on the AAU circuit.
His decision to decommit from the Bruins was not an overnight idea.
"He’s been thinking for awhile now," Derrick Artis said.
Now, this doesn't mean Artis won't ultimately end up back in UCLA, but it also does make you a little cautious about trusting in recruiting verbals. Verbals aren't real until someone signs that letter of intent. Artis might be worried about Anderson coming in to try and compete with him for the point guard position, and he might be looking for a place where he'd be in a good spot to be the starting point sooner rather than later.
Artis was also recruited by Florida State, Oregon, Cal and Georgia Tech. Those schools certainly have to be interested in this news, and will certainly be paying the top West Coast point a visit at a future date. Plus don't expect Ben Howland to take this lying down.
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