P.J. Dozier: Emerging from the shadows

A local sixth-grader is already making a huge splash on the national hoops scene

By AKILAH IMANI NELSON – (ainelson(at)thestate.com) – Original Article

Columbia, SC – The video is fuzzy and dim, but in Perry Dozier Sr.’s mind, the images are clear and bright.

In home-video footage, 5-year-old Perry Dozier Jr. dribbles through a crowd of 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds toward the basket as his parents, Perry Sr. and Theresa, cheer him on from behind the camera.

The basketball is twice the size of his head but putty in his small hands. PJ, as his parents call him, displays a mean crossover dribble and a spot-on jump shot. He handles the ball deftly.

First Impressions Can Create Unrealistic Expectations for Recruits

Perry Dozier Jr. of Columbia, S.C., has been ranked by recruiting analysts as the top prospect in the country for the class of 2015. Brett Flashnick for The New York Times

By ADAM HIMMELSBACH – The New York Times

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(Clark) 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 stand out.

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.