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Duckling Profile: Check Out These Dominic Arti-stats

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Duckling Profile: Check Out These Dominic Arti-stats

Alex Legarza
Reported by Alex Legarza on January 16, 2014
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Duckling Profile: Check Out These Dominic Arti-stats

Basketball: a sport that many a casual fan judges merely by points scored.  Points, however, ultimately have little to do with final outcomes.  As we know, teams can score 90 points and lose, then score 65 and win.  This is a complex game where, as in many sports, many interdependent movements determine success.  The points scored result from, not in spite of, these complexities.

Artis taking it to the hoop.

Kevin Cline

Dominic Artis taking it to the hoop and . . .

For those who know the game, the big picture resolves not from baskets scored, but rather the blocks, steals, assists and screens.  These are the statistics that make points possible but oftentimes go unnoticed.  But without these, basketball would simply be not the fast pace, competitive and thrilling game it has become.  Impact players have the ability to rack up numbers in these non-scoring categories, and this is often what sets them apart from their contemporaries.  Unfortunately, great success in these areas is not easily coached, but rather accomplished through superior individual effort and grit.

Artis warming up before Arizona.

Kevin Cline

. . . warming up before Arizona and . . .

Enter Dominic Artis.  As a freshman, he led the team in assists (3.2 per game) and was ranked sixth in the Pac-12 with 1.6 steals per game.  Artis appeared in 28 games and was a starter in 25 of them.

He achieved 6 assists in a game on four separate occasions, two of which were victories over UCLA and USC.  In the NCAA tournament, Artis broke through with a pair of double-digit scoring efforts against Oklahoma State and Louisville.

Artis in transition to offense.

Kevin Cline

. . . in transition to offense and . . .

Artis spent his first three years of high school at Salesian High School in Richmond, California, where as a junior he averaged 14 points and 4.1 assists per game.  During his freshman year in 2009, Artis helped lead his team to a California Division IV state title.

He completed his high school career as a senior playing for national powerhouse Findlay Prep of Henderson, Nevada.

Artis was instrumental in Findlay’s near perfect 32-1 record and their ESPN National High School Invitational title.  It was a season in which he averaged 14.5 points per game along with 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals. Assists and steals are stats not commonly paired with high scoring players – but Artis is  not common.

Artis at the line.

Kevin Cline

. . . at the line and . . .

Dominic has been such a strong player that, in several statistical categories (assists, steals), he managed to maintain very similar numbers as a college freshman to those he produced as a high school senior.

In addition to stellar numbers in steals and assists, he can also score.  In high school, Artis averaged 52.7% from the floor, 33.7% from three-point land and 78.1% from the free throw line.

These numbers are evidence, as if we needed any, that Artis is a well-rounded impact player for the Ducks.  College basketball, especially at the Division One level, is obviously a much more competitive environment than high school.  It is not enough just to put numbers on the score board.  A player must contribute in all aspects of the game to be successful. The Ducks are eagerly anticipating Artis’ continued growth into a statistically dominant player.  In just his sophomore season at Oregon, there remains much for him to accomplish.

Artis with a clean block from behind.

Steve Francis

. . . finishing with a clean block from behind.

Top photo by Craig Strobeck

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Alex LegarzaAlex Legarza is a junior at the University of Oregon studying business and media studies. Born and raised in San Francisco, Alex has fallen in love with Bay Area Sports and now the Ducks. She has a devoted passion to sports, growing up playing basketball, volleyball, and soccer and continuing to play basketball and volleyball at the high school varsity level. There is nothing Alex loves more than watching her favorite teams perform or actively playing sports herself. When she is not involved in sports, Alex likes to lead an active lifestyle with traveling and spending time with family and friends. After college Alex is looking to pursue a career in the sports industry.View all posts by Alex Legarza →


 

 

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