2015 Intro: P.J. Dozier

2015 Intro: P.J. Dozier

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Though he's only a sophomore, a lot of things are already set for P.J. Dozier.

He knows he'll play high-major Division I basketball, as he has offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Kansas, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He's also receiving heavy interest from UNC, Maryland, UCLA and Notre Dame.

He knows how to handle a recruitment, as his sister Asia Dozier is a freshman on the South Carolina women's basketball team. She received offers from Tennessee and North Carolina.

Finally, he knows what position he wants to play at the next level. Some scouts have listed him as a wing because of the length on his 6-foot-4 frame, but Dozier expects to be a floor general.

"He's a point guard," Perry Dozier Sr., his father and head coach at Spring Valley (S.C). Columbia said. "He can play almost any position on the court, but his natural position is point guard, not on the wing."

Dozier Sr. said playing point guard requires poise, focus and maturity. Dozier Jr. feels he has those attributes.

"I try to not be limited in anything I do," Dozier Jr. said. "I think I have, and want to have, an all-around game. If the jump shot isn't falling then I can get to the rack and finish, or get my teammates involved."

Over three games at the Chick-Fil-A Classic this week, Dozier averaged 21. 6 points per game. His highest scoring output came on Friday, when he poured in 27 points in front of UNC assistant coach C.B. McGrath.

"I got a call two weeks ago from UNC saying they were interested in P.J.," Dozier Sr. said. "It's one of the schools that he does like a lot. But, he wants to go where he fits even if he may like the school – he has to go where he fits."

Dozier Jr. was unaware McGrath was watching until the game was over, but was pleased UNC showed up.

"Of course I'm interested in them," Dozier Jr. said. "Who's wishing North Carolina doesn't come see them? I've been following North Carolina since I was little, with them always being one of the top teams in the NCAA Tournament. They've just always been the team to watch for me."

Added Dozier Sr: "After the game C.B. (McGrath) sent me a text telling me that he really enjoyed watching my son. He said it was impressive the way he controlled the game."

Spring Valley went 1-2 during the tournament, dropping games to Lower Richland High School and Hillcrest High School. The level of talent in the tournament was a good indicator of the work Dozier Jr. said he needs to put in.

"I need to work on everything, I'm not perfect in the game of basketball," he said. "I need to become more agile and shoot better. Playing against some of the top players in the country is a good indicator of where you are, and where you need to be."

Playing for your father has both pros and cons. For Dozier Jr., it's helped him learn to accept criticism and coaching faster than some of his teammates. It's also good because his father doesn't mind handling his burgeoning recruitment, freeing him to work on his game.

Dozier's recruitment is in its early stages, but the Doziers already have a plan in place. They hope to visit several schools in the coming months, including UNC. And although a school list hasn't been announced, they know what they want in a college.

"I just want to get to a school where I'll be able to fit their playing style," Dozier Jr. said. "I want to play somewhere that plays real team basketball … a place that doesn't have one superstar who has to do everything."

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