Watch former Gamecock PJ Dozier score in his NBA debut

BY BEN BREINER – bbreiner@thestate.com (Source Article)

It took until late in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 106-81 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night for former South Carolina basketball star P.J. Dozier to make his NBA debut.

But it didn’t take long for him to net his first points.

News broke just before the late-night game he was active. He got in with 2:12 left in the game, and 33 seconds later scored on a driving layup.

He later added a defensive rebound and missed a long 2-point jumper. It was a game in which Thunder star Russell Westbrook did not play.

Dozier had been averaging 12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals in the G-League.

Dozier, a McDonald’s All-American from Spring Valley High School, played two years with the Gamecocks. He was a crucial part of the USC’s first Final Four team ever and decided to try his luck in the NBA Draft after that run.

In his final season at South Carolina, the 6-foot-6 guard was scoring (13.9 points per game) and assists (2.8 per game) and third in minutes (28.7).

He went undrafted and has spent this season with the Thunder’s G-League team.

Dallas Mavericks to Sign P.J. Dozier of South Carolina

By Isaac Harris – thesmokingcuban.com

The Dallas Mavericks added to their training camp on Thursday as they are lining up to sign undrafted guard P.J. Dozier to a partially guaranteed deal.

Armed with another two-way roster spot and a final regular season roster spot, the Dallas Mavericks look to have some competition take place this coming fall in training camp.

After bringing in German big man Maxi Kleber and Gian Clavell, Dallas added another name to their training camp list as they grabbed a guard from the Lakers Summer League team that was hidden behind the bigger names.

P.J. Dozier is a 6’6″ guard out of the University of South Carolina with a 6’11 wingspan according to DraftExpress. Athletically and physically, he’s exactly what you want in a young prospect.

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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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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. 

Top 10 finish for Frank Martin’s Gamecocks

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

he South Carolina basketball team finished inside the final USA Today Coaches Poll after the Gamecocks’ historic run to the Final Four.

USC (26-11) is No. 6 in the final ranking that was released Tuesday. The Gamecocks were the biggest riser from the previous USA Today poll, climbing 31 spots.

National champion North Carolina is No. 1, followed by Gonzaga, Oregon, Kansas and Kentucky.

As for next season, Sports Illustrated picked the Gamecocks No. 18 in its way-too-early Top 25, saying, “It will be easier for the Gamecocks to avoid a Final Four hangover if sophomore guard P.J. Dozier returns. Freshman guard Rakym Felder showed his considerable potential during the tournament as well.”

Dozier is still deciding whether or not to make an early leap to the NBA.

South Carolina’s national champion women’s basketball team (33-4) locked up the No. 1 spot in the season-ending USA Today poll.

South Carolina guard P.J. Dozier discusses his timetable on possibly declaring for NBA Draft.  lbezjak@thestate.com

PJ Dozier’s USC Decision Paying off at Final Four

By Sports Department (www.abccolumbia.com) – Source Article

Spring Valley alum PJ Dozier had plenty of options on where to play his college ball as an All-American in high school. But Columbia’s own chose to stay home at Carolina and has played a vital role in bringing the Gamecocks to the Final Four.

ABC Columbia Sports Director Mike Gillespie spoke with Dozier at University of Phoenix Stadium Thursday to discuss the decisions that lead him to USC and the first day for his team at the Final Four.

Dozier: ‘We’re a great team’ not a Cinderella

The Gamecocks are a Cinderella story to most, but PJ Dozier simply doesn’t see it that way.

By John Del Bianco – Source Article

Glendale, Az – As a No. 7 seed, South Carolina is certainly viewed as the Cinderella of the Final Four and in many eyes, the team is on one of the most improbable runs in recent NCAA Tournament history. Gamecocks guard PJ Dozier simply doesn’t see it that way.

“We consider ourselves a great team,” Dozier said. “We’re amongst the greatest teams here at the Final Four and we know anyone playing at this time of year, they’ve earned the right to be called a great team. We’re just glad we have the opportunity to have our name up there with them.”

Katie Dugan, 247Sports

After a Tournament-opening win over No. 10 seed Marquette to notch the program’s first Big Dance win since 1973, the Gamecocks rattled off wins against No. 2 seed Duke, No. 3 seed Baylor, and No. 4 seed Florida, which beat No. 8 seed Wisconsin that beat No. 1 overall seed and defending national champion Villanova.

The story can write itself in terms of the Gamecocks worthy of wearing the glass slipper. It’s a story they’re playing out on the court, but one Dozier said is the media’s job to write.

“That’s y’all guys’ job, to make it sound really good and we appreciate it,” Dozier said. “We leave it to y’all and focus on the next game at hand.”

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