After going undrafted, USC’s Dozier lands free agent opportunity

BY LOU BEZJAK – lbezjak@thestate.com – Source Article

COLUMBIA, SC – P.J. Dozier will get a chance to play in the NBA. It will just be through the free-agent route.

Dozier wasn’t selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft. But according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the former Spring Valley and South Carolina standout will sign a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The news came early Friday morning, shortly after Dozier watched the draft with more than 100 friends gathered in Northeast Columbia.

“I have been through it before but there is still more to come. It’s not over,” Dozier said shortly after going undrafted. “I’m going to continue to get better and continue to push and see what God has in store for me.”


Dozier said he didn’t regret making the decision to leave USC early after helping the Gamecocks to their first Final Four. This setback will fuel him going forward, he believes.

“Only thing in my mind is to figure out what I got next and to continue to keep going,” Dozier said.

Dozier went and personally thanked each person who was left inside The Gala in Northeast Columbia. He and sister Asia Dozier also addressed the people who began to arrive around an hour before the draft started. Several USC dignitaries showed up, including university president Harris Pastides, women’s coach Dawn Staley and several USC men’s basketball players.

Dozier was second on the Gamecocks in scoring this season at 13.9 points per game. He played some of his best basketball in the NCAA Tournament, helping lead the Gamecocks to their first Final Four. He averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in USC’s five NCAA games.

Dozier worked out for the Lakers on June 9, along with USC teammate Sindarius Thornwell, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers after being drafted by Milwaukee.

Most NBA mock drafts had Dozier going in the second round. He worked out for around dozen teams and most NBA experts liked his upside and potential.

Dozier didn’t want to speculate why he wasn’t drafted, but there might have been questions about his back, which knocked him out of a game against Kentucky. He struggled shooting after that.

Dozier said earlier this month while working out for the Hornets that he worked with a back specialist and a shooting specialist at Peak Performance Project (P3) in California to get better.

“I’m not really sure. I’m not going to talk for them. I’m not really sure,” Dozier said. “Whatever it was, I’m going to continue to do my best to grind and prove them wrong. I’m definitely going to have that chip on my shoulder wherever I go to work out or work.”

Watch: PJ Dozier’s big dunk at NBA Draft Combine lands on SportsCenter Top 10

BY DWAYNE MCLEMORE – dmclemore@thestate.com – Source Article

Watch as South Carolina guard P.J. Dozier slams home a dunk on Friday during the five-on-five action at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

The dunk ranked No. 4 on the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays for the day.

Dozier was 7-of-12 shooting for 15 points in Friday’s five-on-five game.

 

With PJ Dozier’s NBA Draft decision, he knew only one way to go

 

BY DWAYNE MCLEMORE – dmclemore@thestate.com – Source Article

CHICAGO – It didn’t come to P.J. Dozier in a dream or from any one bit of advice from a person within his circle.

The decision was his, and his alone. On April 17, just four days after declaring for the NBA Draft with the caveat that he could come back to South Carolina, Dozier opted to sign with an agent and dive fully into the process.

Being completely invested was the only way to go for someone who describes himself as “an either-you’re-going-to-do-it-or-not kind-of guy.”

“It was really just on me,” Dozier said Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine. “I had my supporting cast, my family, my coaches. They allowed me to make my own decisions. They definitely helped me throughout the process and let me know how they felt about each decision that I was making.

“Ultimately, they left it up to me,” he said. “I was ready to be all in and try to make this next step.”

Dozier signed with BDA Sports Management, headed by agent Bill Duffy, and left Columbia the next day to begin training in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Pj Dozier Gets NBA Combine Invitation

By Joe Cook – wltx.com – Source Article

COLUMBIA, SC – Saturday PJ Dozier announced on his Instagram account that he received his official invite to the combine.

That means a couple of Gamecocks will be in Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine. He joins his teammate and SEC Player Of The Year Sindarius Thornwell who also received invite to the event on Friday.

Dozier, a former Spring Valley Viking, had a breakout sophomore season averaging 13.9 points and led USC with 101 total assists to along with 4.8 rebounds per game in 36 starts. He posted 6.7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game as a freshman.

Some draft sites have Dozier and Thornwell both going in the second round and others have Dozier going in the 1st round. Hopefully this combine will improve both of their stocks after leading South Carolina to their first Final Four appearance in school history.

The NBA Combine in May 9-14 in Chicago.

 

#BlessedAndHighlyFavored #GamecockNation #BossUp

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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.

Katie Dugan, 247Sports

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.

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P.J. Dozier statement on NBA decision

BY DWAYNE MCLEMORE – dmclemore@thestate.com – Source Article

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.”

Here’s his full statement.

 

God has blessed me with so many opportunities and continues to do so! I’ve always been taught to capitalize on every opportunity! 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 cannot express in words how much I appreciate everyone who has supported me thus far in my playing career. About two years ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life; to stay home and play for one of the greatest institutions with the best fans in the nation! I am so grateful for Coach Frank and my teammates for these last two years and for helping to set me up for future success on the next level. I wouldn’t have wanted to make history and share the Final Four experience with another group of individuals who I will forever consider family! Gamecock Nation you have been nothing short of amazing. You all put the “LIFE” in the Colonial Life Arena! I can’t wait to continue to represent my program and University throughout my professional career. #ForevertoThee #Blessed&HighlyFavored #MTCoM #Grateful

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P.J. Dozier decides to stay in draft, ends USC career

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

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.”

Source – The State Newspaper

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Report: USC’s PJ Dozier signs with an agent, will ‘fully commit’ to NBA career

wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina

By Jeremy Turnage, Digital Content Manager – Source Article

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – After declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft and not signing with an agent, University of South Carolina sophomore PJ Dozier is now being represented by an agent, according to a report.

Source: TheBigSpur.com

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting Dozier has signed with an agent ahead of the draft. 

The decision to “fully commit” to a career in the NBA came over the weekend, the report said.

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.