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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Top photo by Craig Strobeck
Alex 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.
For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Coach Ken Woody
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles and Alex Heining alternating
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
Our 33 rules at FishDuck can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
FishDuck members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!