Dozier becoming prime target for Louisville

Perry Dozier

SUWANEE, Ga. - Four-star South Carolina wing Perry Dozier spent all of his junior season on the sidelines with a knee injury. Now that he's back the interest has picked up from a bunch of schools, including the University of Louisville. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

Columbia, S.C., Spring Valley four-star wing Perry Dozier has been tracked by a bunch of high-major colleges at the Under Amour event "The Finals" at the Suwanee Sports Academy.

Among the schools showing increased interest is the University of Louisville. U of L coach Rick Pitino and two assistant coaches watched him on Wednesday night and on Friday assistant coach Kenny Johnson was back at his game.

The 6-foot-6 Dozier, ranked as the No. 51 prospect in the Class of 2015, said he spoke with Pitino and Johnson last week after his showing at the Reebok Breakout event in Philadelphia.

"I've talked to them in the past week," Dozier said. "I like Louisville and I am just trying to build a relationship with them.

"I feel they are coming after me hard right now. I really do. They said they like me."

A very skilled guard, Dozier had surgery on his knee in September and missed the entire season. He was back in the spring and has been running with the Upward Stars.

Dozier played at the NBA Players' Association Top 100 camp and at the time said his knee was "still getting there." In eight camp games, Dozier scored 9.9 points. He also tossed out 17 total assists and hit 34 of 66 field goals.

While noting his knee was "still not 100 percent," Dozier said it's coming on and getting better every time he steps onto the floor.

"Playing a high-level competition has helped me," he said. "It's getting better by the day and I am getting more and more confident."

Dozier said there are "a whole lot" of schools coming after him. He said he keeps in regular contact now with U of L, Indiana, Ohio State, South Carolina, North Carolina, Clemson, Georgetown, Georgia Tech and others.

"I will probably narrow the list here soon," he said. "I'm wide open and just want to keep looking for the best fit for me."

When asked if he could make a visit to Louisville, Dozier said "I think so. We'll just have to wait and see when I cut my list."

Dozier is the No. 14 shooting guard in the country but is likely to move up.

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