Every Tuesday it seems Oregon head coach Dana Altman is asked about the status of injured freshman point guard Dominic Artis. Every Tuesday it seems Altman says the progress of Artis is improving and the Ducks can’t wait to get him back onto the court.
Oregon and Dana Altman hope to get Dominic Artis back for the Civil War on Thursday.
This time around Altman sounds optimistic that the 6-foot-1 freshman from Oakland, CA is ready to return to the court after missing nine straight games.
“I hope that he can give us some minutes against Oregon State,” Altman said on the Pac-12 coaches conference call, “but I am not 100 sure on that...he did some individual work and some dry work with the team yesterday.”
Should Artis see the floor this Thursday against Oregon State don’t expect him to see heavy action, but instead look for junior Johnathan Loyd to continue starting and receive most of the minutes.
“My goal is to give him some time against Oregon State...I sure hope he gets a few minutes against Oregon State,” says Altman.
Altman says he hopes to be able to use Artis in limited minutes this week and to continue easing him back into the rotation next weekend against Colorado and Utah before the Pac-12 Tournament. Altman hopes that plan will allow Artis ample time to get back into a groove and get back to 100 percent before the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
“We’ve got Oregon State this week and then Colorado and Utah, and by the conference tournament that will be a full eight weeks and we feel like he will be ready to go,” said Altman of Artis' health. “D.A. had quickly become a focal point of our team and a big leader of our team...it’s been difficult without him...I think everybody is excited to get him back...”
Artis averages 10.2 points, 3.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game in 19 games played this season.