In his heart, Dominic Artis always knew that people would come around on him and his game. However, not even he could expect the kind of attention that has started coming his way as he closes in on a college choice.
After entering the Spring as a kid who most saw as a mid-major type point guard recruit, Artis has seen his stock explode and will ascend to the four-star level with Friday's release of a revamped 2012 Rivals150.
"Me and my family are real excited," Artis told Rivals.com of the attention he's been getting. "We knew it would come, but we didn't know that it would come like this. Getting into the skills academies and all of that. I didn't really know that much about how big it was it until I started getting all the phone calls and making major events."
After starring at Richmond (Calif.) Salesian, Artis will be on the move for his senior season. The 6-foot-1 floor general will make the move to mighty Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep.
"I sat down with my family recently and we've kind of seen over the past couple of months and how things have gone real well," said Artis. "We just felt that Findlay would be the best situation to prepare me for the next level."
Most likely, that next level for Artis will include playing for a high major program. To this point he's gotten offers from the likes of Baylor, Cal, UCLA, Florida State, Oregon, Washington State and San Diego State. Keeping close tabs on him are Memphis, Louisville, Texas and several others.
Artis thinks that it is his true, pass-first point guard approach to the game that has served him well.
"A lot of people get going by scoring the ball," said Artis. "I get going by getting people the ball. Seeing somebody get excited or get going by something I did for them, that excites me. I put my body on the line for the team to win."
Of course, Artis is still working hard to improve and isn't taking things easy now that he enjoys some notoriety as a prospect. He's working on having more of a plan when he enters the lane off of the dribble and wants to be more of a leader.
"I definitely need to start getting more vocal," said Artis of what he's working on. "Sometimes I keep to myself too much. In order to be a top pint guard I need to be more vocal with my teammates about where they need to be and what we need to do."
In preparation of making a decision, Artis has recently visited UCLA and Florida State after taking trips to Cal and Stanford during the season. He maintains that he's open, but the window to get involved is starting to close and he will be looking to make a decision soon after July.
"I know that I want to make a decision after July," said Artis. "I'm not sure about visits or anything. I really don't have any favorites or anything, I'm kind of sitting back and enjoying the process. I just want to wait until after July and see who is really still into me and making that push towards me."