By Sean Moran
In the first surprise of the fall signing period, senior guard Perry ‘P.J’ Dozier chose the hometown South Carolina Gamecocks over Louisville, North Carolina, Georgetown, and Michigan. Most recruiting guru’s expected Dozier to sign with the Cardinals, but instead the No. 33 ranked prospect in the country decided to stay local.
During his recruitment, the Dozier family expressed that they wanted to PJ to have the chance to play point guard. South Carolina offered him that opportunity along with immediate playing time. Schools such as Louisville and North Carolina already had younger guards already on the roster. Dozier missed his junior season due to an ACL tear that occurred in August of 2013. During his missed season, Dozier grew from 6’4” to 6’6” and also got noticeably stronger. When he made his return in the spring AAU circuit, Dozier was more involved and confident in his game. While Dozier wants to play point guard, he is best suited as a combo guard. He does a lot of things well, but there is not one particular trait that stands above the others. Dozier can run the offense and is a pin-point passer in the half court set. He can shoot from the outside and mid-range although his jumper will need work for the college level. Finally, with his height and length Dozier usually puts together one or two highlight reel dunks per game. Right now South Carolina has Dozier and another long and lanky forward in Chris Siva locked up. Frank Martin sold Dozier on his vision of what South Carolina can become and in turn many bigger name schools missed out on a player that oozes potential and upside.
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