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AAU NOTES: Findlay Prep newcomer shows off range

Findlay Prep’s basketball program has churned out several stellar point guards, including two NBA first-round draft picks in Avery Bradley and Cory Joseph.

Dominic Artis wants to be next in line.

Artis, who has transferred from Salesian High School in Richmond, Calif., to Findlay Prep for his senior year, has been one of the brightest stars of the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament at Bishop Gorman.

“I’m really excited. (Findlay Prep) has a great legacy of point guards, so just to be part of that could be a great accomplishment,” Artis said.

Artis drilled seven 3-pointers on his way to 29 points to lead the Oakland (Calif.) Soldiers to an 86-69 rout of Juice All-Stars (N.Y.) in pool play Saturday.

The 6-foot-1-inch point guard said he’s weighing scholarship offers from Baylor, California, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Oregon and UCLA. Asked whether UNLV’s offer was still in the mix, Artis said: “I talk to the coaches a lot. They get up and down, so I like their system.”

Artis said he has spent long hours working on his perimeter shot in hopes of one day following Bradley and Joseph to the NBA.

“I want to play in the NBA, so I just want to keep working on it and make that something I do well,” he said.

MARQUEE MATCHUP — An overflow crowd spilled into Gorman to watch the Oakland Soldiers pull out an 85-80 win over Belmont Shore (Calif.) to end pool play.

Artis scored 15 points for Oakland, including a free throw with 11.9 seconds left for an 83-80 lead, before the Soldiers regained possession on a controversial carry call. Findlay Prep forward Brandon Ashley added 11 points for Oakland.

Several UNLV fans showed up to cheer on Belmont Shore guard Katin Reinhardt, who is a recruiting target for the Rebels after pulling his commitment from Southern California in the spring.

Reinhardt, who will be a senior at Mater Dei (Calif.) next season, had 19 points.

SHABAZZ WATCH — Monster games continue to roll in for Shabazz Muhammad, who will be a senior swingman at Gorman next season.

In front of UNLV coach Dave Rice and former Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian, Muhammad poured in 32 points to lead Dream Vision 17s (Calif.) to a 75-65 win over Double Pump Elite (Calif.) at Rancho to finish pool play 3-0.

FAMILY TIES — One of the Las Vegas Fab 48’s rising guards is Bryce Alford, the son of New Mexico coach Steve Alford.

Bryce Alford scored 17 points Saturday for Danny Granger Hurricanes Elite (N.M.) in its 67-54 loss to Milwaukee Running Rebels. The 6-3 Bryce Alford will be a junior at La Cueva in Albuquerque, N.M., next season.

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