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.

Columbia 12 year old heading to NBA All Star weekend

By Mandy Mitchell (WISTV News) – Original Article

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A Columbia 12 year old is getting ready for one exciting basketball weekend.

Perry Dozier, Jr. is one of only five boys who will travel to the NBA All Star game in Phoenix to take part in the Junior NBA Exhibition Game on Sunday.

And if he needs advice about what to expect, he can ask his older sister.

Luckily, there’s no sibling rivalry between Perry and Asia Dozier.

One thing that is hard to hide is the talent of this brother and sister duo. Perry is headed to Phoenix as part of the prestigious Junior NBA All Star Team, He was selected out of a batch of more than 800,000 applicants

“It means a lot to me. Out of 860 thousand kids. That’s a big accomplishment,” Dozier said.

Perhaps even bigger than that, his sister, Asia, made the girls team two years ago. She beat out 750,000 people. They are the first brother sister combo to ever achieve this

“From seeing Asia go there and everything they had planned I wanted to do this,” Perry Dozier, Sr. Said.

“It was a great experience. I got to meet a lot of talented NBA and WNBA players,” Asia said.

Asia helped her little brother with the application process. Each player has to write an essay and submit a video.

“When he went through the process of making the video, I helped,” Asia said.

Asia won the MVP award when she played in the game in 2006 and despite the lack of sibling rivalry, you can bet Perry will try to bring his own trophy back to Columbia.

Hoops all in the family for one-time Gamecock

By Brian McConchie (WACH Fox News)

Basketball is clearly in the genes for the Dozier family. Former Gamecock big man Perry Dozier, now the head basketball coach at Spring Valley High School, has a son heading to the NBA All-Star game.

His son 12-year-old son Perry has been named to the Junior NBA national team. His sister Asia was named a Junior WNBA player IN 2006, she’s now a standout at Spring Valley. Big sis has been a big help to her younger brother through the process. They are the only brother-sister duo to ever earn the honor.

Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA 2009 National Team selected and ready for Phoenix!

Source NBA.com

— Ten Children to Experience Unforgettable Weekend at NBA All-Star 2009 in Phoenix —

The NBA and WNBA have selected five boys and five girls to comprise the 2008-09 Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA National Team presented by Gatorade. The group will represent more than 830,000 Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA members and will be honored guests at the 58th NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, Ariz. As part of being selected to the team, the boys and girls will be recognized during NBA All-Star Saturday Night and will participate in an exhibition game on Sunday, Feb. 15, where they will take on a team of local Phoenix Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA All-Stars on Center Court of NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Adidas at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Adidas JR Phenom Camp

Perry attended the highly prestigious Fifth Annual Boys JR Phenom Camp sponsored by Adidas.  The event was held at San Diego, CA.  At the conclusion of the camp, Perry was recognized as the number one player in his class, as well as number one in his position.  This is a tremendous accomplishment for the young man from Columbia, South Carolina, considering that the camp invited 150 of the top 6th graders in the country.

Perry was interviewed by The American Baller online magazine.