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Tuesday / July 25.
  • Artis Says UCLA is ‘Favorite’

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    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.
    — UCLA is in the mix for several elite point guards in the Class of 2012, and they may end up getting a California native to run the show.

    “Yeah, they’re a favorite coming in,” Drew Gooden Soldiers point guard Dominic Artis said after he put up 16 points and 3 rebounds in his team’s 65-60 victory over Indy Spiece at the Peach Jam.

    UCLA is also here recruiting Kyle Anderson of the Playaz Basketball Club, but if the 6-foot Artis pulls the trigger for the Bruins this summer Anderson could opt to go in another direction. (Read the latest on Kyle here.)

    Anderson is also mulling Seton Hall, St. John’s, Florida and Georgetown

    The No. 15 point guard in the Class of 2012 per Rivals, Artis also mentioned Cal, Florida State, Baylor, UNLV, Oregon, Louisville, Texas and San Diego State.

    He said UCLA, Oregon, Cal and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest. He’s visited UCLA, Cal and FSU.

    Being a California guy, Artis said it would be appealing to potentially play for the Bruins.

    “I mean, it is,” he said. “But I don’t really care about location or anything like that. Whatever’s the best fit really.”

    Asked when he’ll decide, he said, “Probably after July.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.