Sophomore PJ Dozier slipped out of several draft projections including NFLDraft.net, the site that had him most prominently displayed at the midway point of the season then projecting him as a first round pick.
On Tuesday morning, the site posted its most recent mock draft and not only was Dozier back on the board, he was back in the first round slotted as the No. 24 pick overall to Orlando.
Dozier announced on April 12 that he would declare for the NBA Draft, but would not hire an agent, which would make him eligible to return to South Carolina next season provided he withdrew his name from consideration by June 12. Over the weekend, he had a change of heart and signed with an agent.
South Carolina basketball’s P.J. Dozier released the following statement via his Instagram page on Monday regarding his future.
“With the support of my family and Coaching Staff, I’m excited to continue to pursue my dreams and will be entering the 2017 NBA Draft and signing with an agent,” he wrote. “I can’t wait to continue to represent my program and University throughout my professional career.”
P.J. Dozier didn’t need a month to think about it.
He barely needed four days.
South Carolina’s sophomore point guard has signed with an agent and will remain in the NBA Draft, sources close to the team confirmed to The State on Monday. After making the expected decision to test the waters and keep his options open on Wednesday, Dozier fully committed to a professional career over the weekend.
Dozier confirmed the decision via his Instagram page Monday afternoon, saying: “With the support of my family and Coaching Staff, I’m excited to continue to pursue my dreams and will be entering the 2017 NBA Draft and signing with an agent. … I can’t wait to continue to represent my program and University throughout my professional career.”
Dozier had initially not signed with an agent. That allowed him to return to the Gamecocks’ basketball program if he chose not to enter the draft.
“I want to thank my family, Coach Martin, my teammates and our amazing fans at South Carolina for the support that I’ve received thus far in my time as a Gamecock,” Dozier said in a statement after his intentions to enter the draft. “After talking with my family and Frank following our time at the Final Four, I’ve made the decision to submit my name for the Draft, but I’ve not hired an agent. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow my game and the Draft process.”
Dozier started in all 36 games for the Gamecocks and was the team’s second-leading scorer averaging 13.9 points per game. The sophomore led the Gamecocks in assists with 101 on the year while finishing second on the teams with 60 steals.
Dozier announced last week that he would enter the NBA Draft and go through the scouting and combine process but would not hire an agent. According to the report, citing sources, Dozier made the decision over the weekend to remain fully in the NBA Draft.
Dozier was second on the team this season with 13.9 points per game, while he also dished a team-high 2.8 assists, while pulling down 4.8 rebounds and collecting 1.7 steals per game. He played some of his best basketball of the season during NCAA Tournament action, posting 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, while connecting on 50.8 percent (33-65) of his attempts from the floor in helping the Gamecocks clinch their first ever berth in the Final Four, and first Tournament win since 1973.
Dozier led the Gamecocks in scoring in the national semifinal matchup versus Gonzaga, posting 17 points to go along with nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes of action.
The former McDonald’s Alll-American had until April 23 to declare early entry into the NBA Draft and until June 12 to remove his name unless he hired an agent. Once an agent is involved, his final two years of eligibility will be conceded.
After leading South Carolina to an improbable run to the Final Four, sophomore guard P.J. Dozier is signing with an agent and staying in the 2017 NBA draft, sources told The Vertical.
Dozier had planned to test his value through the predraft process, but made the decision to sign with an agent and fully commit to a professional career over the weekend, sources said.
Dozier, who is 6-foot-6, is considered a second-round pick and likely will be prepared to play NBA-level defense before he’ll contribute in the league offensively. Dozier averaged 15.6 points and shot 50 percent in the NCAA tournament. For the season, Dozier shot 28.5 percent on 3-pointers.
Dozier is joining a deep point-guard draft. For his sophomore season, Dozier averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
he South Carolina basketball team finished inside the final USA Today Coaches Poll after the Gamecocks’ historic run to the Final Four.
USC (26-11) is No. 6 in the final ranking that was released Tuesday. The Gamecocks were the biggest riser from the previous USA Today poll, climbing 31 spots.
National champion North Carolina is No. 1, followed by Gonzaga, Oregon, Kansas and Kentucky.
As for next season, Sports Illustrated picked the Gamecocks No. 18 in its way-too-early Top 25, saying, “It will be easier for the Gamecocks to avoid a Final Four hangover if sophomore guard P.J. Dozier returns. Freshman guard Rakym Felder showed his considerable potential during the tournament as well.”
Dozier is still deciding whether or not to make an early leap to the NBA.
South Carolina’s national champion women’s basketball team (33-4) locked up the No. 1 spot in the season-ending USA Today poll.
South Carolina guard P.J. Dozier discusses his timetable on possibly declaring for NBA Draft. email@example.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. – South Carolina’s season came to an end on Saturday night in the Final Four against Gonzaga and now the biggest question of the Gamecocks offseason will be whether sophomore point guard PJ Dozier returns to school for his junior season or opts to turn pro.
Similar to what he said on March 21, he was uncommitted to either option after the the 77-73 loss to Gonzaga in the national championship semifinal. Talks with head coach Frank Martinand Dozier’s family will start in the coming weeks.
“I haven’t really put any thought into it. I’m pretty sure I’ll sit down with my coach and my family and discuss what would be the best move for me, but I haven’t really put too much thought into it,” Dozier said. “I’m probably going to go off what my family and coach says.”
The 6-foot-6 sophomore point guard has spent most of the season in the first round of NBA Mock Drafts. He can decide to test NBA waters, but with a new rule in 2016 can back out and return to school after working out for NBA teams.
Dozier likened the notion that players that apply for early entry and go through the NBA Combine can still withdraw their name shortly after and return to school.
“Not just me, but any underclassman that has the opportunity to go is a good opportunity for them,” Dozier said.
Below are multiple dates citing the deadline to be an early entry, the combine, the deadline to withdraw and the draft:
April 23rd NBA Early Entry Eligibility Deadline
May 9-15th NBA Draft combine in Chicago
June 12th NBA Draft Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline (17:00 ET)
June 22nd NBA Draft
Spring Valley alum PJ Dozier had plenty of options on where to play his college ball as an All-American in high school. But Columbia’s own chose to stay home at Carolina and has played a vital role in bringing the Gamecocks to the Final Four.
ABC Columbia Sports Director Mike Gillespie spoke with Dozier at University of Phoenix Stadium Thursday to discuss the decisions that lead him to USC and the first day for his team at the Final Four.
Glendale, Az – As a No. 7 seed, South Carolina is certainly viewed as the Cinderella of the Final Four and in many eyes, the team is on one of the most improbable runs in recent NCAA Tournament history. Gamecocks guard PJ Dozier simply doesn’t see it that way.
“We consider ourselves a great team,” Dozier said. “We’re amongst the greatest teams here at the Final Four and we know anyone playing at this time of year, they’ve earned the right to be called a great team. We’re just glad we have the opportunity to have our name up there with them.”
After a Tournament-opening win over No. 10 seed Marquette to notch the program’s first Big Dance win since 1973, the Gamecocks rattled off wins against No. 2 seed Duke, No. 3 seed Baylor, and No. 4 seed Florida, which beat No. 8 seed Wisconsin that beat No. 1 overall seed and defending national champion Villanova.
The story can write itself in terms of the Gamecocks worthy of wearing the glass slipper. It’s a story they’re playing out on the court, but one Dozier said is the media’s job to write.
“That’s y’all guys’ job, to make it sound really good and we appreciate it,” Dozier said. “We leave it to y’all and focus on the next game at hand.”