Spring Valley SG PJ Dozier committed to the University of South Carolina today at a press conference at his school. Dozier had narrowed it down to South Carolina and Louisville after reportedly discarding Michigan, North Carolina, and Georgetown from his final list.
Over the past several weeks, Dozier's recruitment was a back-and-forth affair. Louisville seemed to be the favorite after he took an official visit there during Halloween weekend. The hometown Gamecocks got a late push however, making it a toss-up entering today's press conference. Louisville got Dozier's last official visit but Frank Martin and South Carolina were the last group to meet with Dozier in his home.
Dozier was a consensus 4-star shooting guard amongst the three prominent recruiting sites. Rivals.com ranks Dozier as the 34th best player nationally while 247Sports.com ranks him the 26th-best player overall and the best player in South Carolina. ESPN had the Class of 2015 SG as the 21st-best player in the nation, the best player in South Carolina, as well as the 2nd-best player at his position in the country. ESPN.com's recruiting analysts wrote that, "Dozier is a combination guard that has a great feel for the game and matching instincts. Big time open court and drive and kick passer. Uses his size well to see over the defense. He slashes, pull ups and can make the open three off the catch or rhythm dribble."
Not only was South Carolina Dozier's hometown school but his dad, Perry Dozier Sr., was standout for the Gamecocks back in the day. The 6-6, 185 pound guard will be an instant contributor next winter for Frank Martin and South Carolina next season. He is the second impact recruit to commit to Martin's program in the last 2 years, Sindarius Thornwell being the other. The two South Carolina natives will hopefully lead a new era for the South Carolina basketball program.