Watch former Gamecock PJ Dozier score in his NBA debut

BY BEN BREINER – bbreiner@thestate.com (Source Article)

It took until late in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 106-81 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night for former South Carolina basketball star P.J. Dozier to make his NBA debut.

But it didn’t take long for him to net his first points.

News broke just before the late-night game he was active. He got in with 2:12 left in the game, and 33 seconds later scored on a driving layup.

He later added a defensive rebound and missed a long 2-point jumper. It was a game in which Thunder star Russell Westbrook did not play.

Dozier had been averaging 12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals in the G-League.

Dozier, a McDonald’s All-American from Spring Valley High School, played two years with the Gamecocks. He was a crucial part of the USC’s first Final Four team ever and decided to try his luck in the NBA Draft after that run.

In his final season at South Carolina, the 6-foot-6 guard was scoring (13.9 points per game) and assists (2.8 per game) and third in minutes (28.7).

He went undrafted and has spent this season with the Thunder’s G-League team.

Former Spring Valley, Gamecock star PJ Dozier puts in career-high Tuesday

By Mike Gillespie (www.abccolumbia.com) – Original Article

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Blue (9-10) posted a strong third quarter to defeat the Northern Arizona Suns (7-11), 103-87 on Tuesday night.

The Blue held the Suns to 12 points in the third quarter, its fewest points allowed in any quarter this season. Thunder assignment player Terrance Ferguson and two-way player Daniel Hamilton powered a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter to put Oklahoma City up by 20 points.

Ferguson tallied 11 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal, while Hamilton contributed a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Blue had six players in double figures for the 10th time this season, including a career-high-tying 18 points from PJ Dozier.

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Dallas Mavericks to Sign P.J. Dozier of South Carolina

By Isaac Harris – thesmokingcuban.com

The Dallas Mavericks added to their training camp on Thursday as they are lining up to sign undrafted guard P.J. Dozier to a partially guaranteed deal.

Armed with another two-way roster spot and a final regular season roster spot, the Dallas Mavericks look to have some competition take place this coming fall in training camp.

After bringing in German big man Maxi Kleber and Gian Clavell, Dallas added another name to their training camp list as they grabbed a guard from the Lakers Summer League team that was hidden behind the bigger names.

P.J. Dozier is a 6’6″ guard out of the University of South Carolina with a 6’11 wingspan according to DraftExpress. Athletically and physically, he’s exactly what you want in a young prospect.

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After going undrafted, USC’s Dozier lands free agent opportunity

BY LOU BEZJAK – lbezjak@thestate.com – Source Article

COLUMBIA, SC – P.J. Dozier will get a chance to play in the NBA. It will just be through the free-agent route.

Dozier wasn’t selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft. But according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the former Spring Valley and South Carolina standout will sign a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The news came early Friday morning, shortly after Dozier watched the draft with more than 100 friends gathered in Northeast Columbia.

“I have been through it before but there is still more to come. It’s not over,” Dozier said shortly after going undrafted. “I’m going to continue to get better and continue to push and see what God has in store for me.”


Dozier said he didn’t regret making the decision to leave USC early after helping the Gamecocks to their first Final Four. This setback will fuel him going forward, he believes.

“Only thing in my mind is to figure out what I got next and to continue to keep going,” Dozier said.

Dozier went and personally thanked each person who was left inside The Gala in Northeast Columbia. He and sister Asia Dozier also addressed the people who began to arrive around an hour before the draft started. Several USC dignitaries showed up, including university president Harris Pastides, women’s coach Dawn Staley and several USC men’s basketball players.

Dozier was second on the Gamecocks in scoring this season at 13.9 points per game. He played some of his best basketball in the NCAA Tournament, helping lead the Gamecocks to their first Final Four. He averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in USC’s five NCAA games.

Dozier worked out for the Lakers on June 9, along with USC teammate Sindarius Thornwell, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers after being drafted by Milwaukee.

Most NBA mock drafts had Dozier going in the second round. He worked out for around dozen teams and most NBA experts liked his upside and potential.

Dozier didn’t want to speculate why he wasn’t drafted, but there might have been questions about his back, which knocked him out of a game against Kentucky. He struggled shooting after that.

Dozier said earlier this month while working out for the Hornets that he worked with a back specialist and a shooting specialist at Peak Performance Project (P3) in California to get better.

“I’m not really sure. I’m not going to talk for them. I’m not really sure,” Dozier said. “Whatever it was, I’m going to continue to do my best to grind and prove them wrong. I’m definitely going to have that chip on my shoulder wherever I go to work out or work.”

Watch: PJ Dozier’s big dunk at NBA Draft Combine lands on SportsCenter Top 10

BY DWAYNE MCLEMORE – dmclemore@thestate.com – Source Article

Watch as South Carolina guard P.J. Dozier slams home a dunk on Friday during the five-on-five action at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

The dunk ranked No. 4 on the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays for the day.

Dozier was 7-of-12 shooting for 15 points in Friday’s five-on-five game.

 

With PJ Dozier’s NBA Draft decision, he knew only one way to go

 

BY DWAYNE MCLEMORE – dmclemore@thestate.com – Source Article

CHICAGO – It didn’t come to P.J. Dozier in a dream or from any one bit of advice from a person within his circle.

The decision was his, and his alone. On April 17, just four days after declaring for the NBA Draft with the caveat that he could come back to South Carolina, Dozier opted to sign with an agent and dive fully into the process.

Being completely invested was the only way to go for someone who describes himself as “an either-you’re-going-to-do-it-or-not kind-of guy.”

“It was really just on me,” Dozier said Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine. “I had my supporting cast, my family, my coaches. They allowed me to make my own decisions. They definitely helped me throughout the process and let me know how they felt about each decision that I was making.

“Ultimately, they left it up to me,” he said. “I was ready to be all in and try to make this next step.”

Dozier signed with BDA Sports Management, headed by agent Bill Duffy, and left Columbia the next day to begin training in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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