St. John's no longer pursuing Dominic Artis

Gary Truman via the National Archives

The Johnnies will look elsewhere for talent.

Yesterday, the St. John's Red Storm discontinued the recruitiment of 5'11" guard Dominic Artis, one of the players removed from the Oregon basketball team after sordid allegations of non-consensual sexual contact with another student in March.

Artis and his teammates were never arrested for the rape accusations - but only because the Lane County (Oregon) District Attorney told to the Oregonian that "while there is no doubt the incidents occurred, the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case".

The three players are not allowed on the campus of Oregon for at least four years.

The news was first tweeted from alumni who received an email from St. John's Athletic Director Chris Monasch, and confirmed by beat reporters Adam Zagoria and Zach Braziller.

Per Adam Zagoria, "St. John’s decision to discontinue the recruitment was independent of the decision made Monday at the University of Oregon," per a source. Artis was ready to commit to St. John's, per Zagoria, and would have been ready to play in the 2015-16 season.

Fans here on the Rumble were generally negative on the idea of bringing in Dominic Artis to the St. John's basketball program.

Does the pursuit of the player change your opinion in the program? Or is it a good sign that St. John's were open enough to look into the background of a talented kid who made a mistake, but decided to back off of the recruitment?

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