By Phil Jensen
Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 5:21 pm in Uncategorized.
Findlay Prep will have another Bay Area boys basketball star on its roster this upcoming season.
Former Salesian High point guard Dominic Artis is transferring to the basketball academy in Henderson, Nev. He will join former Bishop O’Dowd standout Brandon Ashley, who made the decision to transfer on June 21 according to Ashley’s mother, Lashiem Clark.
Artis said that Ashley’s decision didn’t influence his decision, which was made “about a week ago.
“I just think it’s the best situation for me there, to prepare myself for the next level,” the 6-foot-1 Artis said. “I have nothing but respect for Salesian’s program.”
Artis mentioned how much he had been taught by Salesian coach Bill Mellis.
“I felt I was very successful behind his coaching,” Artis said. “I just felt I needed to prepare myself for a high-level college.”
“We definitely wish him the best and we will move on and still will have a good team, and I’m sure he will move on,” Mellis said. “If he feels this is the best thing for him, we support that.”
Artis was a first-team All-East Bay selection and the Bay Shore Athletic League Most Valuable Player last season as a junior at Salesian. He averaged 14 points per game and led the team in assists (4.1 per game), steals (2.4 per game) and 3-pointers (63). Artis is ranked as a three-star recruit by espn.com, and he said that UCLA, Cal, Baylor, Washington State, Louisville, Texas and UNLV have been recruiting him.
Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck said he is excited to get someone as talented as Artis, but that Artis is also a good person.
“We are just thrilled to be able to work with him in his senior year and help him with his development,” said Peck, who also said that currently Artis is one of two guards on the team’s roster. “He is about success.”
Findlay Prep is affiliated with Henderson International School, Peck said. The Findlay Prep players live together in a home.