On Wednesday, 2015 G Perry Dozier Jr. came off the board to South
Carolina, choosing them over North Carolina, Georgetown, Louisville,
and Michigan. South Carolina was long the frontrunner for Dozier,
but when Antonio Blakeney decommitted from the Cards, Dozier became
their biggest target and it seemed all but a lock. However, a late
in-home visit seemed to change Dozier's mind and he made the
decision to stay home and play for USC head coach Frank Martin. PJ
joins 2015 F Chris Silva in the Gamecocks 2015 class.
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PJ Dozier Commits to the Gamecocks
November 12, 2014
Spring Valley High's P.J. Dozier, the No. 34 prospect in the country, commits to South Carolina.
Frank Martin has always stressed that his
team is a family.
The latest addition represents the old and
National Top-40 recruit P.J. Dozier decided
to continue the tradition on Wednesday when
he committed to South Carolina on the first
day of the early signing period. Dozier, a
6-foot-6 four-star guard rated the No. 34
player in the nation by Rivals.com, pledged
to Martin and became the latest member of
his family to don garnet and black.
“It’s good to say that I’m able to do that,”
Dozier said. “It’s just a blessing that my
family has been through there and set their
mark there, for me to come along and try to
TIM DOMINICK — tdominick(at)thestate.com
Dozier’s dad, Perry Sr., played at USC from
1986-88 and uncle Terry was there from
1986-89. Sister Asia is a junior guard for
the No. 2 USC women’s team. Son, nephew and
brother committed 30 years to the day from
when his father and uncle committed to USC.
November 16, 2013 - For a moment,
P.J. Dozier was worried.
In August, after playing on a torn ACL for
more than four years, Spring Valley’s junior
guard aggravated his knee injury during a
camp. With advice from his parents — his
father, Perry Dozier Sr., doubles as his
coach — Dozier elected to have the surgery
to repair the knee and sit out all or part
of this season.
And briefly, Dozier wondered if this setback
would derail his childhood dreams.
Since middle school, Dozier has been at the
top of national prospect lists. As a
sophomore, he had received offers from more
than a dozen major programs, including
Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State and South
But surgery meant rehabilitation, and that
meant at least a few months off the court.
And Dozier never had spent even a few weeks
off the court.
“I definitely was concerned when I first
found out I wasn’t going to be able to
play,” he said. “All the colleges have been
behind me and they’ve told me they weren’t
“That really let me know that I could take
Without the pressure of a college
scholarship riding on a speedy recovery,
Dozier has begun to see this time of
recovery as a tool.
“I’m not seeing this as a setback or
something that shouldn’t have happened. I
just try to take everything that happened
and turn it into a positive,” he said.
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TIM DOMINICK — tdominick(at)thestate.com
In the two-and-a-half months since his
surgery, Dozier has found more than a few
September 5, 2013 - Spring Valley
shooting guard PJ Dozier will miss the
2013-14 basketball season after having ACL
surgery earlier this week.
He and his family decided now would be the
best time to have the surgery after the
junior guard aggravated a long-standing
injury during a basketball camp in Los
Angeles in the early part of August.
“He just reinjured it,” said Perry Dozier,
his father and coach at Spring Valley. “He’s
had a torn ACL since 2007 when he was 12
years old. We haven’t said anything about it
and he’s been playing on it since then.
“The doctors didn’t want to do surgery on it
because he was young and they didn’t want to
stunt his growth. We had to make a decision
on when to get it repaired and we decided
this would be the best time to do it.”
The surgery took place on Tuesday.
The 6-6 junior guard is considered a top 15
prospect for the 2015 class and has offers
from Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State and
South Carolina among more than 50 offers.
June 14, 2013 - CHARLOTTESVILLE,
Va. -- Combo guard Perry "P.J." Dozier
(Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) is a high IQ
prospect with a nice feel for the game and a
solid skill-set on the perimeter. The
nation’s No. 22 rising junior had his
talents on full display at this week’s NBPA
100 Camp, giving evaluators a glimpse of a
potential very productive future college
The 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard has nearly 10
teams pursuing him, with that number likely
to rise significantly this summer and into
his junior high school season.
According to Dozier, Ohio State, Kansas, NC
State, Indiana, South Carolina, Clemson,
Wichita State and Georgia are currently
Dozier excels in transition with his ability
to rebound and push the ball on the bounce
or via an advance pass. Dozier has a knack
for crafty finishes that end above the rim
and he does a great job of using his length
and footwork to complete plays in the paint.
Dozier has a nice rhythm dribble pull-up and
splashes the open 3 off the catch. He also
won’t hesitate to attack with quick slashes
from the wing in between defenders.
P.J. Dozier has interest from
nearly 10 schools, including
Kansas and Indiana.
Perry Dozier Jr. - Highlight Video - 01/04/13
Perry Dozier Jr. Carves His Own Way
By By Donnis Howard - allmetrosports.247sports.com
December 31, 2012 - Much has been
written about Perry Dozier Jr. the
sharpshooting 2015 guard from Columbia SC.
He burst onto the national scene a few years
back by being ranked as the #1 sixth grader
in the country. Articles in the New York
Times and other media outlets spotlighted
this diaper dandies potential and pedigree.
After watching his development over the past
few years and his recent performances from
the Chick Fil A Classic, Allmetrosports.com
caught up with burgeoning star from the
We learned about his love for the game of
basketball, his love of family and his
belief that the success of his team at
Spring Valley High School is more important
to him than his individual accolades.
Q: So Perry how would you describe your
A: I have an all around game; I try to get
my teammates involved.
Q: What motivates you as a basketball
A: Trying to get better everyday and using
the negatives and people doubting me as
Q: What are your Goals for this season?
A: Winning the region championship and going to the
Before some of your top ranked players hit high school, there are
many camps which are used to forecast whose next up. Tony Parker,
Jordan Price, J-Mychael Reese, and Kyle Anderson all have something
in common. Each of these guys participated in the invite only Junior
All-American Camp during their middle school years.
This past weekend, founder Clay Dade has brought his camp
downsouth to hotlanta to showcase a group of elite middle school
ballers. This camp is invite only and Dade travels across the
country to hand pick the cream of the crop 6-8th grade players.
One of the first things I noticed from looking at the rosters was
that the camp did a great job of pulling talent from each region of
the country. Camp participant Ryan Bay and his family traveled all
the way from Portland, Oregon to attend. One parent said, "I was
always told these camps are a waste of money but my son's coach told
us Jr. All-American is a must attend."
Even though its way too early to tell which kids will turn out to
be major high school prospects, Perry Dozier Jr. clearly stood out
amongst all campers as the most polished. He pretty much had his way
with anybody who dared to check him on the perimeter.
Some of the other players I liked were Ryan Bay, Dennis Shout, Ty
Hudson, and Aaron Augustin. Overall, the camp seemed to be run very
well with kids playing hard every possession. As you may know, we
don't do a lot of coverage of middle school events, but camps like
Junior All-American are good forums for us to see whose got next.
Perry Dozier Jr. finished his
basketball season by dominating two national camps. His
first stop was the Jr. All American Camp in Florida
where he finished as the #1 player in his class while
also cashing in on a 50 point performance. He then flew
across the country for the Adidas Jr. Phenom Camp where
he once again took home top player honors and earned big
time pub from Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop.
Francis stated “Dozier simply reinforced the fact
that he is the best player nationally in his class with
his incredible skills, athleticism, silky smooth
demeanor, and ability to play any position on the
basketball court. He also has a great bloodline, as is
father (Perry Dozier) and uncle (Terry Dozier) both
played for the University of South Carolina in the
However, right now Dozier's game is a lot more like
that of Kobe Bryant due to his great ball handling and
passing skills, ability to light up a scoreboard,
incredible feel for the game and innate understanding of
when to get his own points and when to make his
teammates better” he finished. Wow that’s a big
Clark Francis of hoopscoop.com ranks 12 yr old Perry "PJ" Dozier,
Jr. the #1 sixth grade basketball player in the country. I called
him for this piece and his comments were, "At his age, he plays his
tail off. He can play inside or outside. He's probably going to
grow. And, he has great parents."
So, why is Dozier, on a golf website?
Here's why...I met Dozier, Jr. and his father Perry Dozier, Sr.
playing golf at Northwoods Golf Course (a P.B. Dye layout that is a
sponsor of this site) in Columbia, SC. I was playing by myself and
they were playing a couple holes in front of me. They were keeping a
good pace until some guy with a tank top (How did he get on the
course in the first place?) and a playing partner asked them to play
through, then proceeded to hit both of their balls in the woods and
spend nearly ten minutes trying to find them.
Inside The MDC 12 And Under: Dozier Receives "The Stamp"
During my tenure of covering basketball I have come
across several players that I have given “The Stamp”.
“The Stamp” is an approval that I give to a player that
I feel has some serious potential and at least is a High
Major Division 1 prospect. This weekend Perry Dozier Jr.
has received “The Stamp” from Basketball Spotlight.
Other players that received “The Stamp” during their elementary
years include Tyreke Evans (8th), Dexter Strickland (8th) and Mike
Gilchrist (7th). Dozier got the nod after showing the capacity crowd
all facets of his game. Special players have the innate ability to
make others better, get a clean look anytime they want and just
impact a game with their mere presence. This kid has all those
Anybody in attendance that watched this kid play and understands the
game knows actually what I’m talking about. He has the size, skill
level and basketball IQ to go as far as he wants in this game. Young
Fella, just keep working hard because you are just getting started.
Perry Dozier Jr. used the South Carolina 14 and Under State
tourney as his personal showcase but the real problem is that
he’s only 12. The smooth combo guard destroyed the competition
off the dribble and pulled jump shots from the cheap seats. This
youngster has poise beyond his years and the game that makes
your mouth water. Dozier will be joining the Columbia Slammers
at the Basketball Spotlight MDC. He’s regarded as the top 6th
Grader in the country by a few scouting services and we will get
to see first hand. Wow we can’t wait.
P.J. Dozier: Emerging from the shadows
A local sixth-grader is already making a huge splash on the national hoops scene
Francis, who charges $499 a year for a subscription to his
recruiting service, said he would rather not rank sixth graders, but
since he was one of the few analysts who did, it made his business
He said it was not his job to determine which players could be
negatively affected by his reports. He does not scour elementary
schools, but when a sixth grader attends an A.A.U. tournament or a
showcase camp, Francis considers him eligible to be ranked.
Perry Dozier, Jr. Wins the Junior NBA Skills Challenge &
February 14, 2009 - Perry Dozier, Jr. won the skills challenge and earned the MVP
award during the game this weekend in Phoenix, AZ. In only two
quarters he had 13 points, 6 blocks, 5 assists and 7 rebounds.
Columbia 12 year old heading to NBA All Star weekend
Basketball is clearly in the genes for the Dozier
family. Former Gamecock big man Perry Dozier, now the
head basketball coach at Spring Valley High School, has
a son heading to the NBA All-Star game.
His son 12-year-old son Perry has been named to the
Junior NBA national team. His sister Asia was named a
Junior WNBA player IN 2006, she's now a standout at
Spring Valley. Big sis has been a big help to her
younger brother through the process. They are the only
brother-sister duo to ever earn the honor.
Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA 2009 National Team selected and ready for
-- Ten Children to Experience Unforgettable Weekend at NBA
All-Star 2009 in Phoenix --
The NBA and WNBA have selected five boys and five girls to
comprise the 2008-09 Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA National Team presented by
Gatorade. The group will represent more than 830,000 Jr. NBA/ Jr.
WNBA members and will be honored guests at the 58th NBA All-Star
Game in Phoenix, Ariz. As part of being selected to the team, the
boys and girls will be recognized during NBA All-Star Saturday Night
and will participate in an exhibition game on Sunday, Feb. 15, where
they will take on a team of local Phoenix Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA
All-Stars on Center Court of NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by
Adidas at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Perry Dozier, Jr. Selected to the 2009 Jr. NBA National Team
January 20, 2009 - Congratulations to Perry
Dozier, Jr. as he was selected to the 2009 Jr. NBA National
Team! As a member of the National Team, he will be introduced
to a sold-out crowd at US Airways Arena during the opening
ceremonies of NBA All-Star Saturday Night. His introduction will
include his photo being shown on the video boards inside of the arena.
Adidas JR Phenom Camp
August 8-10, 2008
Perry attended the highly prestigious
Fifth Annual Boys JR Phenom Camp sponsored by Adidas.
The event was held at San Diego, CA. At the
conclusion of the camp, Perry was recognized as
the number one player in his class, as well as number
his position. This is a tremendous
accomplishment for the young man from Columbia,
South Carolina, considering that the camp invited
150 of the top 6th graders in the country.
Perry was interviewed by
The American Baller online magazine.
Perry Dozier, Jr - Class of 2015
As a matter of fact, Dozier was so good that there
is no question in our mind that he gets the nod as
the best 5th Grader in the nation, ...