Dozier moves back into first round projection

The latest mock draft from NBADraft.net has a pair of Gamecocks heading to the same team.

By John Whittle – www.247sports.com – Source Article

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.

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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.

Additionally, senior Sindarius Thornwell made the list and is projected as an early second round pick. The mock draft has Thornwell going to the Orlando Magic also with the third pick in the second round, No. 33 overall.

Thornwell said he’s leaving on Wednesday for Chicago to begin training for the NBA Draft. Up until now, he’s been working out in Columbia.

“I’m going into workouts with a chip on my shoulder and with something to prove,” Thornwell said. “I feel like I’m still looked at as the underdog and people still question stuff about me. I’m going in to show them what I can do and give it my best.”

The NBA Draft Combine is set for May 9-14 in Chicago. The draft is set for June 22.

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