Perry Dozier

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  • Nickname: PJ
  • Grade: 12th
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height: 6' - 6"
  • City, State: Columbia, SC
  • School: Spring Valley HS
  • Travel Team: Upward Stars
  • College: University of South Carolina




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P.J. Dozier, Jr. - 2015 McDonald's All American Team


P.J. Dozier, Jr. - 2015 McDonald's All-American Team


Perry Dozier Jr. - Highlight Video - 12/13/14


Perry Dozier - 2015 Versatile Guard Commits to USC Gamecocks



November 12, 2014


On Wednesday, 2015 G Perry Dozier Jr. came off the board to South Carolina, choosing them over North Carolina, Georgetown, Louisville, and Michigan. South Carolina was long the frontrunner for Dozier, but when Antonio Blakeney decommitted from the Cards, Dozier became their biggest target and it seemed all but a lock. However, a late in-home visit seemed to change Dozier's mind and he made the decision to stay home and play for USC head coach Frank Martin. PJ joins 2015 F Chris Silva in the Gamecocks 2015 class.


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PJ Dozier Commits to the Gamecocks

By GoGameCocks


November 12, 2014


Spring Valley High's P.J. Dozier, the No. 34 prospect in the country, commits to South Carolina.


Spring Valley's P.J. Dozier Commits to Gamecocks




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November 12, 2014


Frank Martin has always stressed that his team is a family.

The latest addition represents the old and the new.

National Top-40 recruit P.J. Dozier decided to continue the tradition on Wednesday when he committed to South Carolina on the first day of the early signing period. Dozier, a 6-foot-6 four-star guard rated the No. 34 player in the nation by, pledged to Martin and became the latest member of his family to don garnet and black.

“It’s good to say that I’m able to do that,” Dozier said. “It’s just a blessing that my family has been through there and set their mark there, for me to come along and try to continue that.”

Spring Valley's Perry Dozier Jr.

TIM DOMINICK — tdominick(at)

Dozier’s dad, Perry Sr., played at USC from 1986-88 and uncle Terry was there from 1986-89. Sister Asia is a junior guard for the No. 2 USC women’s team. Son, nephew and brother committed 30 years to the day from when his father and uncle committed to USC.



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Sidelined by knee surgery, P.J. Dozier renews his commitment to basketball


By AKILAH IMANI NELSON - ainelson(at)


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November 16, 2013 - For a moment, P.J. Dozier was worried.

In August, after playing on a torn ACL for more than four years, Spring Valley’s junior guard aggravated his knee injury during a camp. With advice from his parents — his father, Perry Dozier Sr., doubles as his coach — Dozier elected to have the surgery to repair the knee and sit out all or part of this season.

And briefly, Dozier wondered if this setback would derail his childhood dreams.

Since middle school, Dozier has been at the top of national prospect lists. As a sophomore, he had received offers from more than a dozen major programs, including Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State and South Carolina.

But surgery meant rehabilitation, and that meant at least a few months off the court. And Dozier never had spent even a few weeks off the court.

“I definitely was concerned when I first found out I wasn’t going to be able to play,” he said. “All the colleges have been behind me and they’ve told me they weren’t going anywhere.

“That really let me know that I could take my time.”

Without the pressure of a college scholarship riding on a speedy recovery, Dozier has begun to see this time of recovery as a tool.


“I’m not seeing this as a setback or something that shouldn’t have happened. I just try to take everything that happened and turn it into a positive,” he said.

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In the two-and-a-half months since his surgery, Dozier has found more than a few silver linings.



Spring Valley's PJ Dozier to miss season after surgery


By CHRIS DEARING - Special to The State


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September 5, 2013 - Spring Valley shooting guard PJ Dozier will miss the 2013-14 basketball season after having ACL surgery earlier this week.

He and his family decided now would be the best time to have the surgery after the junior guard aggravated a long-standing injury during a basketball camp in Los Angeles in the early part of August.

“He just reinjured it,” said Perry Dozier, his father and coach at Spring Valley. “He’s had a torn ACL since 2007 when he was 12 years old. We haven’t said anything about it and he’s been playing on it since then.

“The doctors didn’t want to do surgery on it because he was young and they didn’t want to stunt his growth. We had to make a decision on when to get it repaired and we decided this would be the best time to do it.”

The surgery took place on Tuesday.

The 6-6 junior guard is considered a top 15 prospect for the 2015 class and has offers from Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State and South Carolina among more than 50 offers.

Spring Valley's Perry Dozier Jr. and head coach and father Perry Dozier

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GERRY MELENDEZ- gmelendez(at)

Dozier has nearly 10 teams in pursuit


By Reggie Rankin -


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June 14, 2013 - CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Combo guard Perry "P.J." Dozier (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) is a high IQ prospect with a nice feel for the game and a solid skill-set on the perimeter. The nation’s No. 22 rising junior had his talents on full display at this week’s NBPA 100 Camp, giving evaluators a glimpse of a potential very productive future college player.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard has nearly 10 teams pursuing him, with that number likely to rise significantly this summer and into his junior high school season.

According to Dozier, Ohio State, Kansas, NC State, Indiana, South Carolina, Clemson, Wichita State and Georgia are currently recruiting him.

Dozier excels in transition with his ability to rebound and push the ball on the bounce or via an advance pass. Dozier has a knack for crafty finishes that end above the rim and he does a great job of using his length and footwork to complete plays in the paint. Dozier has a nice rhythm dribble pull-up and splashes the open 3 off the catch. He also won’t hesitate to attack with quick slashes from the wing in between defenders.

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P.J. Dozier has interest from
nearly 10 schools, including
Kansas and Indiana.

(Reggie Rankin/ESPN)

Perry Dozier Jr. - Highlight Video - 01/04/13

Perry Dozier Jr. Carves His Own Way


By By Donnis Howard -


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December 31, 2012 - Much has been written about Perry Dozier Jr. the sharpshooting 2015 guard from Columbia SC. He burst onto the national scene a few years back by being ranked as the #1 sixth grader in the country. Articles in the New York Times and other media outlets spotlighted this diaper dandies potential and pedigree. After watching his development over the past few years and his recent performances from the Chick Fil A Classic, caught up with burgeoning star from the Palmetto state.

We learned about his love for the game of basketball, his love of family and his belief that the success of his team at Spring Valley High School is more important to him than his individual accolades.

Q: So Perry how would you describe your game?
A: I have an all around game; I try to get my teammates involved.

Q: What motivates you as a basketball player?
A: Trying to get better everyday and using the negatives and people doubting me as fuel.


Q: What are your Goals for this season?
A: Winning the region championship and going to the state championship.



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Perry Dozier, Jr. - Highlight Video - 12/16/11

December 16, 2011


Jr. All-American Camp comes to Atlanta

January 9, 2011


Before some of your top ranked players hit high school, there are many camps which are used to forecast whose next up. Tony Parker, Jordan Price, J-Mychael Reese, and Kyle Anderson all have something in common. Each of these guys participated in the invite only Junior All-American Camp during their middle school years.


This past weekend, founder Clay Dade has brought his camp downsouth to hotlanta to showcase a group of elite middle school ballers. This camp is invite only and Dade travels across the country to hand pick the cream of the crop 6-8th grade players.


One of the first things I noticed from looking at the rosters was that the camp did a great job of pulling talent from each region of the country. Camp participant Ryan Bay and his family traveled all the way from Portland, Oregon to attend. One parent said, "I was always told these camps are a waste of money but my son's coach told us Jr. All-American is a must attend."


Even though its way too early to tell which kids will turn out to be major high school prospects, Perry Dozier Jr. clearly stood out amongst all campers as the most polished. He pretty much had his way with anybody who dared to check him on the perimeter.


Some of the other players I liked were Ryan Bay, Dennis Shout, Ty Hudson, and Aaron Augustin. Overall, the camp seemed to be run very well with kids playing hard every possession. As you may know, we don't do a lot of coverage of middle school events, but camps like Junior All-American are good forums for us to see whose got next.


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Dozier Destroys Camp Circuit

August 12, 2009  (Click Here for original article)


Perry Dozier Jr. finished his basketball season by dominating two national camps. His first stop was the Jr. All American Camp in Florida where he finished as the #1 player in his class while also cashing in on a 50 point performance. He then flew across the country for the Adidas Jr. Phenom Camp where he once again took home top player honors and earned big time pub from Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop.


Francis stated “Dozier simply reinforced the fact that he is the best player nationally in his class with his incredible skills, athleticism, silky smooth demeanor, and ability to play any position on the basketball court. He also has a great bloodline, as is father (Perry Dozier) and uncle (Terry Dozier) both played for the University of South Carolina in the 1980's.


However, right now Dozier's game is a lot more like that of Kobe Bryant due to his great ball handling and passing skills, ability to light up a scoreboard, incredible feel for the game and innate understanding of when to get his own points and when to make his teammates better” he finished. Wow that’s a big statement!

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PJ Dozier: Young basketball star loves golf!

August 9, 2009
By Paul M. Swann,  (Click Here for original article)


Clark Francis of ranks 12 yr old Perry "PJ" Dozier, Jr. the #1 sixth grade basketball player in the country. I called him for this piece and his comments were, "At his age, he plays his tail off. He can play inside or outside. He's probably going to grow. And, he has great parents."

So, why is Dozier, on a golf website?

Here's why...I met Dozier, Jr. and his father Perry Dozier, Sr. playing golf at Northwoods Golf Course (a P.B. Dye layout that is a sponsor of this site) in Columbia, SC. I was playing by myself and they were playing a couple holes in front of me. They were keeping a good pace until some guy with a tank top (How did he get on the course in the first place?) and a playing partner asked them to play through, then proceeded to hit both of their balls in the woods and spend nearly ten minutes trying to find them.

Inside The MDC 12 And Under: Dozier Receives "The Stamp"

May 27, 2009
By Mike Melton,  (Click Here for original article)

During my tenure of covering basketball I have come across several players that I have given “The Stamp”. “The Stamp” is an approval that I give to a player that I feel has some serious potential and at least is a High Major Division 1 prospect. This weekend Perry Dozier Jr. has received “The Stamp” from Basketball Spotlight.


Other players that received “The Stamp” during their elementary years include Tyreke Evans (8th), Dexter Strickland (8th) and Mike Gilchrist (7th). Dozier got the nod after showing the capacity crowd all facets of his game. Special players have the innate ability to make others better, get a clean look anytime they want and just impact a game with their mere presence. This kid has all those tools.

Perry Dozier Jr.

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Anybody in attendance that watched this kid play and understands the game knows actually what I’m talking about. He has the size, skill level and basketball IQ to go as far as he wants in this game. Young Fella, just keep working hard because you are just getting started.





Dozier Shines at 14U State Tourney


May 7, 2009

By (Original Article)

Basketball Spotlight LogoPerry Dozier Jr. used the South Carolina 14 and Under State tourney as his personal showcase but the real problem is that he’s only 12. The smooth combo guard destroyed the competition off the dribble and pulled jump shots from the cheap seats. This youngster has poise beyond his years and the game that makes your mouth water. Dozier will be joining the Columbia Slammers at the Basketball Spotlight MDC. He’s regarded as the top 6th Grader in the country by a few scouting services and we will get to see first hand. Wow we can’t wait.


P.J. Dozier: Emerging from the shadows

A local sixth-grader is already making a huge splash on the national hoops scene

March 22, 2009

By AKILAH IMANI NELSON - ainelson(at)  (Original Article)

Columbia, SC - The video is fuzzy and dim, but in Perry Dozier Sr.’s mind, the images are clear and bright.

In home-video footage, 5-year-old Perry Dozier Jr. dribbles through a crowd of 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds toward the basket as his parents, Perry Sr. and Theresa, cheer him on from behind the camera.

The basketball is twice the size of his head but putty in his small hands. PJ, as his parents call him, displays a mean crossover dribble and a spot-on jump shot. He handles the ball deftly.

2009 14U South Carolina State Championship - Perry Jr. Highlight Video


A special thanks to (Anthony Amaker) for producing this excellent highlight video of PJ during the 2009 14U South Carolina State Championship series games.

First Impressions Can Create Unrealistic Expectations for Recruits

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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

March 10, 2009


Excerpts from the full article below. (Please click here for the original article)


(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.

Perry Dozier, Jr. Wins the Junior NBA Skills Challenge & MVP Award


February 14, 2009 - Perry Dozier, Jr. won the skills challenge and earned the MVP award during the game this weekend in Phoenix, AZ.  In only two quarters he had 13 points, 6 blocks, 5 assists and 7 rebounds.




Columbia 12 year old heading to NBA All Star weekend


February 11, 2009 (Updated February 16th)

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. 

Hoops all in the family for one-time Gamecock


February 3, 2009

By Brian McConchie, WACH Fox News (original article)

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!


February 2, 2009

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-- 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.

Perry Dozier, Jr. Selected to the 2009 Jr. NBA National Team


January 20, 2009 - Congratulations to Perry Dozier, Jr. as he was selected to the 2009 Jr. NBA National Team!  As a member of the National Team, he will be introduced to a sold-out crowd at US Airways Arena during the opening ceremonies of NBA All-Star Saturday Night. His introduction will include his photo being shown on the video boards inside of the arena. 

Adidas JR Phenom Camp

August 8-10, 2008

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. 

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Perry Dozier, Jr - Class of 2015

' As a matter of fact, Dozier was so good that there is no question in our mind that he gets the nod as the best 5th Grader in the nation, ... '


June, 2008 - Congratulations to Columbia Slammer, Perry Dozier, Jr. as he was named by The Hoop Scoop as the top 5th grader during the Junior All-American Camp held at the Hoop Magic Sports Academy in Chantilly, VA., and as a Top Performer by Basketball Spotlight News.

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