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.