South Carolina’s PJ Dozier ‘not worried’ about possible NBA decision

South Carolina basketball plays Baylor on Friday and that’s what PJ Dozier is thinking about.

By Mike Wilson – SEC COuntry Staff – Source Article

The Gamecocks sophomore guard will have to make the decision between returning to school for his junior season or heading for the NBA after this year.

“Not worried about it at all right now,” Dozier said Tuesday. “We have one objective right now: To win games here. That’s why I came here. I came here to be a college basketball player and I’m really enjoying it. That’s where I’m at and I haven’t thought anything about that.”

Dozier is averaging 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as a sophomore. He has been projected as a first-rounder for much of the season by NBADraft.net.

South Carolina tips off at Madison Square Garden at 7:29 p.m. Friday.

OH SO SWEET! GAMECOCKS BEAT DUKE!

The South Carolina men’s basketball celebrates the win over Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

BY DAVID CLONINGER – dcloninger@thestate.com – Source Article

GREENVILLE, SC – Those nearly forgotten dancing shoes are made of glass.

South Carolina shocked everyone but its thousands of garnet-clad faithful at Bon Secours Wellness Arena Sunday by beating second-seeded Duke 88-81, punching the Gamecocks’ ticket to New York and the Sweet 16. Following its first NCAA tournament win since 1973 on Friday, USC (24-10) overcame an icy shooting first half to sock the ACC champions out of the tournament.

It’s the first time USC has ever won consecutive NCAA tournament games. The seventh-seed Gamecocks will play No. 3 Baylor at 7:29 p.m. on Friday with the winner advancing to the Elite Eight. A win there …

  

Photos – Gerry Melendez gmelendez@thestate.com

Well, they didn’t get here by talking about anything other than the step in front of them. But my, what a step they took Sunday.

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Gamecocks get the PJ Dozier performance they have been waiting to see

PJ Dozier had 21 points against Marquette on Friday night.

By Mike Wilson – SEC Country Staff – Source Article

GREENVILLE, S.C. — PJ Dozier looked a whole lot like PJ Dozier on Friday night and that’s a whole lot of good news for South Carolina basketball.

The Gamecocks sophomore guard had emphatic dunks, sharp cuts and silky jumpers going for him in USC’s 93-73 win against Marquette.

“The coaching staff continues to tell me to stay aggressive, attack the rim,” Dozier said. “Being 6-6, that’s what you have to do. You have to put pressure on the rim and I feel like that’s when I play my best basketball.”

He was playing that way in Greenville, scoring 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting to help fuel South Carolina’s 30-point turnaround against the Golden Eagles.

Dozier came out hot this season, averaging close to 16.0 points per game through the start of conference. But he has been up and down in the past six weeks after sitting out a game against Kentucky with back spasms. He has maintained it was a quick issue and has not impacted his play, but the way Dozier played Friday night hadn’t truly been seen since he was rolling through November and December. Continue reading “Gamecocks get the PJ Dozier performance they have been waiting to see”

Peaking at the right time, PJ Dozier integral part of USC’s win over Marquette

By Grace Raynor graynor@postandcourier.com – Source Article

GREENVILLE — Sindarius Thornwell started to laugh, as he sat next to PJ Dozier and Duane Notice.

It was Thursday, the three of them were at a press conference fielding question after question, and one reporter had just asked an open-ended question for any of them to answer ahead of South Carolina’s game with Marquette. All eyes naturally turned toward Thornwell.

“Everybody is going to look at me every question,” he joked. And then he began his answer.

From the first day of the season, the spotlight has always been on Thornwell, the Gamecocks’ unquestionable leader and the newly-minted SEC Player of the Year. Media focus on him. His teammates rely on him. Opposing defenses make him the priority. But on Friday, he got some major help.

In South Carolina’s 93-73 drubbing over Marquette at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, it was PJ Dozier who stole part of the show, racking up 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting in addition to the four rebounds and four assists he gave the Gamecocks.

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PJ Dozier Named To 2017 SEC Community Service Team

Sophomore has been active in the community during his time at Carolina.

Source – http://www.gamecocksonline.com  – Original Article  

Columbia, SC – In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for men’s basketball for the 2016-17 campaign, it was released on Thursday in advance of next week’s SEC Tournament in Nashville. South Carolina sophomore guard PJ Dozier has been named to the team this season.

Dozier has been very active in community outreach events during his two seasons at South Carolina. During his sophomore campaign, he has spent time at an area elementary school speaking to fourth and fifth graders and participated in a kick ball game. He has spent time with Special Olympics, helping to officiate and with scorekeeping at the Special Olympics State Tournament. He hosted a Q and A session and spoke to students at WA Perry Middle School in Columbia, while he also attended a Christmas party for residents from Epworth Children’s Home during the holiday season. Dozier delivered meals to those in need with the Meals on Wheels program, while he also helped serve dinner at Transitions. During the team’s foreign tour in Costa Rica, he joined his teammates for two events for area children, including an event with Special Olympics in San Jose. He also participated in the team’s annual 8K In 8 Days campaign, doing multiple events around the Columbia community with the City of Columbia, at the Brookland Baptist Empowerment Center, Special Olympics and he also visited with Veterans at the Dorn VA Medical Hospital.

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