6-7 PG PJ Dozier of Spring Valley is one of the nation’s elite for the 2015 class. He has come all the way back from knee surgery that cost him his junior season and had a stellar AAU campaign.
“He had a great summer,” said his coach and father Perry Dozier. “He’s bigger, better and stronger. He’s now 6-7 and jumping out of the gym as a point guard.”
Dozier, of course, has offers from nearly all the major programs and Friday afternoon, after meetings with his family, he decided on his five official visits. They will be to USC, North Carolina, Louisville, Michigan and Georgetown.
The Dozier family has strong ties to the Gamecock program. Perry Dozier and his brother Terry played there and PJ’s sister Asia plays for the USC women’s team. USC coach Frank Martin certainly knows PJ is a key recruit in his building plans and he and his staff are leaving nothing to chance.
“Whenever PJ is playing, somebody is going to be there if not Frank himself,” Perry Dozier said. “The biggest thing he’s trying to look for is where it’s going to be the right fit for him for his career. And staff and location, hands down South Carolina is a good fit. But there are other things we’ll be trying to consider.”
Some have speculation the family’s long running ties to USC might work against the Gamecocks suggesting the younger Dozier may want to blaze his own path somewhere else.
“My personal perspective is it’s the exact opposite,” coach Dozier said. “I know he wouldn’t mind going there to keep on the tradition, but it’s got to be the best thing for him.”
At this point, there is no timetable for a decision and coach Dozier is not sure if his son will sign during the early period. And wherever PJ Dozier lands, there’s no guarantee he’ll be there longer than one season.
“It’s very possible he’s a one year guy, maybe two,” Perry Dozier said. “We’ll see how that first year goes. He definitely has the capability of doing it.”
Dozier said he expects to have a strong team at Spring Valley this season. Besides his son he has another major prospect on the rise in 6-9 junior Jordan Bruner whose sister played at USC.