If PJ Dozier has played his last game at USC, he went out in style. The sophomore guard played perhaps one of his best overall games in the national semi-final loss to Gonzaga with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block.
Dozier displayed the overall skills that have NBA people thinking he could be worthy of a first round drat pick this summer. So, as he decompresses from the Gamecocks tournament run, Dozier will have to deal with the next big decision of is life, whether to return for his junior season or jump to the league.
Dozier returned to Columbia with his teammates following Saturday’s loss but his family remained in Arizona for a little vacation time. They are do back in Columbia the end of the week and then all will sit down and discuss the future.
“We will sit down eventually as a family and talk about it,” Dozier’s father Perry said this week. “We don’t have a set time. When we get home we are going to get together and sit down and figure it out. Hopefully within the next week we’ll come up with something we’re going to do.”
Often times when a player is in Dozier’s shoes, outside influences will intervene in an attempt to impact the situation. That won’t be the case here according to the elder Dozier.
“No outside people,” he said. “Just family. Dad wants the same thing I’ve always wanted, whatever is best for him. I want him to make his decision according to what he feels. Whether he stays or goes, that’s going to be on him. He has to make the ultimate decision.”
Dozier finished the season averaging 13.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He shot just under 41% from the floor, 30% from three and 60% from the lines. He also led the team in assists with 101 and in turnovers with 78.