DuckTerritory.com has been able to confirm the news that 4-star point guard Dominic Artis has given a verbal pledge to Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks and becomes Altman's first verbal commitment in the 2012 class.
Artis, 6-foot, 170 pound point guard from Las Vegas (Nev.) Findlay Prep, was once committed to the UCLA Bruins but backed off that commitment this fall. Artis decided he wanted to make sure he was giving an honest look at other schools.
All it took was just one official visit to Oregon to lock him up and play for Altman and the Ducks.
Artis had thought about taking an official visit to both Kansas and Memphis later this month. After visiting Oregon, the Ducks were the clear favorite after his trip that included seeing MattKnight Madness and Oregon football play against ASU with ESPN's GameDay in town.
Artis picked Oregon over offers from UCLA, Cal, Kansas, Memphis, Saint John's, Washington, Arizona, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and many other programs.
The selection of Oregon shouldn't come as a surprise. Oregon was very high on his list before his commitment to Oregon. After he opened things back up, Oregon was quick to jump back in the mix.
Artis will now join the Ducks in 2012-13 and have a shot to compete for a starting spot along with now sophomore point guard Jonathan Loyd.