Spring Valley’s PJ Dozier to Miss Season After Surgery

By CHRIS DEARING – (Special to The State) – Original Article

GERRY MELENDEZ- gmelendez(at)thestate.com

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.


Dozier Has Nearly 10 Teams in Pursuit

By Reggie Rankin – (ESPN.com) – Original Article

P.J. Dozier has interest from nearly 10 schools, including Kansas and Indiana.
(Reggie Rankin/ESPN)

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.

Perry Dozier Jr. Carves His Own Way

By Donnis Howard – (allmetrosports.247sports.com)

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, Allmetrosports.com 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.

Q: What tournaments are you and your team playing in this year and are there any rivalry games coming up?
A: We play my uncles team (Westwood HS) for the 2nd time this year it’s a fun family rivalry. We also play in the Chick Fila Classic and Beach Ball.

Q: What colleges are currently recruiting you and do you have any offers yet?
A: Ohio State, Kansas, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Wichita State are recruiting me. My offers are from: Ohio State. Kansas, Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina also.

Q: Do you have any favorites at this time?
A: Not really

Q: What schools have you visited officially or unofficially so far?
A: I haven’t went on any visits yet

Q: Tell us about your experience with USA basketball?
A: It’s was a great experience being able to go to Colorado Springs and playing with great players from all over the country. The air was thin up there because of the altitude but it was a great experience.

Q: What position do you see yourself playing in college?
A: Point Guard and Shooting Guard.

Q: What have you improved this past summer and what do you think you need to improve on?
A: Trying to improve on agility and foot speed. I’m trying to work on my complete game.

So Perry, to give people a chance to know about some of your favorite things here are a few choice questions:

Q: Lil Wayne or Jay Z
A: Lil Wayne

Q: Meek Mill or T.i.
A: T.i.

Q: Kobe, LeBron or Durant?
A: Kobe

Q: Chris Paul or Deron Williams?
A: Chris Paul

Q: Twitter or Facebook?
A: Twitter

Q: Last question, who do you think would win in a game of one on one between your dad Perry Dozier Sr. or your uncle Terry Dozier?
A: I got my money on my uncle. Lol

Q: Do you have anything else that you would like for people to know about you?
A: I’m just a kid that trying to strive to do my best. My goal is to not just make it to the NBA but also be a player in the NBA that made a name for himself. I just feel very fortunate and appreciative to have people calling me for interviews about my game and I know that without God none of this would be possible…

The smooth shooting guard, with a high basketball IQ, has offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Missouri, Georgia, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech with interest from many others.

Written by: Donnis Howard

Jr. All-American Camp comes to Atlanta

Source: courtcred.com

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.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 August 2010 15:24 )

Dozier Destroys Camp Circuit


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!

PJ Dozier: Young basketball star loves golf!

By Paul M. Swann – (www.OurTeeBox.com)

Clark Francis of hoopscoop.com 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”

By Mike Melton (www.basketballspotlight.com) – 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.

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

By www.BASKETBALLSPOTLIGHT.com – Original Article

Perry 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.