The RecruitmentThis one has a been a bit interesting. Perry Dozier really emerged on the scene following his freshman season. Dozier showed a high basketball IQ as well as an ability to make shots. He kept on going until being sidelined with a knee injury, but that didn’t stop schools from recruiting him. South Carolina made him a priority from day one with him being close to home, and also schools such as North Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgetown, and Clemson all offered Dozier very early. Soon thereafter Louisville and Michigan would enter the mix and make him a top target. As it began to come down the home stretch of his recruitment Georgetown, Louisville, and South Carolina seemed to emerge from that group with North Carolina and Michigan also hanging in there and continuing to make visits as well as get a visit from Dozier. Now as it is just hours from his signing ceremony, Dozier is said to be basically deciding between the local school, South Carolina, and Louisville.
The TalentDozier is one of the more unique kids in the class. Identifying him as someone with a lot of ability is easy, however placing him at a position is far more difficult. Dozier is around 6-foot-6 and has a tremendous understanding of how to play the game. Along with his high IQ and tremendous passing ability, Dozier is someone who offensively can definitely handle the point guard position. However because he doesn’t move great laterally and is an average athlete, he is going to struggle to both get by point guards off the dribble and defend point guards at the college level. So placing him in a traditional position is tough to do. Still he can really shoot and pass the ball, and just has that unique understanding for how to play. In this day and age, great feel and understanding of the game is rare, and Dozier has it as much as any player in the country.
PredictionsBrian Snow: This one is getting very interesting. For a while I was convinced it would be Louisville, but more and more over the last week South Carolina kept getting buzz. I definitely think that Dozier likes the idea of staying close to home and being the face of a program that is trying to get things turned around. Still I tend to think when it comes down to it he will be more inclined to play for the perceived power program and select Rick Pitino and Louisville. Prediction: LOUISVILLE