Basketball: Artis picks UCLA over Cal

Former Salesian High star Dominic Artis, a top-100 point guard prospect who will play his senior season at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada, has picked UCLA over Cal and several other schools, Scout.com reported. Florida State, Oregon and Georgia Tech also were after the 5-foot-11 rising senior.

Artis is rated the nation’s No. 95 overall prospect by Scout.com and is No. 81, according to Rivals.com.

Meanwhile, Cal also is out of the running for another East Bay talent, Bishop O’Dowd-turned-Findlay senior Brandon Ashley. The 6-foot-8 forward announced his seven college finalists and, to the surprise of few, Cal was not among them. Ashley, who had given Cal little reason to believe he was considering Berkeley, apparently will choose among Georgia Tech, UCLA, Arizona, Syracuse, Oregon, Kentucky and ¬†Texas.

Ashley, rated the nation’s No. 14 overall prospect by Rivals.com, told the online recruiting source he will narrow the field further then pick a school in the fall.

Both Artis and Ashley are playing this summer with the Oakland Soldiers.

Jeff Faraudo