LOS ANGELES—No ifs, ands or buts about it, 2015 Spring Valley (S.C.) point guard P.J. Dozier was going to have the ball in his hands from the very beginning.
Now a five-star prospect and No. 1 ranked floor general in his class heading into his junior year of high school, Dozier can look back thankful and understanding of the adversity he’s been through to get to this stage in his development.
“I’ve been playing point guard since I started,” Dozier told GoBlueWolverine. “They threw the ball out there and told me to run the team. I went through the whole level of getting nothing but turnovers, getting knocked down, and having to get back up, and that strengthened me as a player.
“Being able to know how to control the game even if the ball isn’t in my hand, being able to move to another spot because of my height (is a plus too), but I’m definitely a point guard.”
A long 6-foot-3, 170-pounds, Dozier is the son of former South Carolina basketball player, Perry Dozier, who also holds the title of coach at Spring Valley.
“Just being able to have a dad that’s a coach and can tell me the ins and outs of the game really gave me the upper hand and advantage,” Dozier said. “Our relationship is really good on and off the court. He’s my high school coach so I’m ready to go back and play for him this year.”
Prior to wrapping up a busy summer schedule with camps and AAU tournaments, Dozier made his way to Adidas Nations in California, competing against some of the best talent the United States, and world, have to offer.
“They’re doing something that no other camp is doing right now,” Dozier said. “I’m definitely excited to be here, had a great first day, first day is always slow, but glad to get through it and ready to move on.”
“Being able to finish the summer off with the Adidas Nations camp is great.”
A dominant showing at Peach Jam to begin the July evaluation period, Dozier has seen his recruitment pick up significantly, dating back to June 15 when college coaches were officially allowed to contact recruits heading into their junior year.
Michigan sat courtside for Dozier’s performances at the Peach Jam, seeing enough from the silky smooth floor leader to increase their interest level and amount of contact with he and his father.
“It was kind of random,” Dozier said. “After one of our games in the tournament I was excited to hear from them. I’ve always followed their program and followed them throughout the NCAA tournaments.
“They’re doing very well and their program has been building every year. I can’t wait to see where it will go.”
Out of Ann Arbor and currently in the NBA after being drafted in the first and second round respectively, Michigan’s last two point guards, Trey Burke and Darius Morris, have created a path to the next level that intrigues Dozier, a very ambitious and goal oriented young man.
“That’s definitely a big factor for me,” Dozier said. “Cause college, I don’t want that to be my last level of basketball to play on so I definitely want to go to the next level after college which is the NBA or overseas -- either one. And that’s what they’re doing. They’re sending college players off to the NBA.”
Looking to narrow his list down to 10 this August, Dozier believes the Wolverines can make the cut.
“They definitely have a good chance,” he said. “Like I said, I’ve been following Michigan’s program and they’ve been building each year. I’m definitely a fan of them.”
Only able to sleep in his own bed for four nights throughout the entire month of July, Dozier plans to enjoy his time at home in August. With schools hoping to lure prospects to campus this fall, Dozier plans to do a little more traveling despite not having any destinations or dates in mind just yet.
“None scheduled right now but I know I’ll definitely be taking visits throughout the year,” Dozier said. “Probably early on in the year I’ll take a couple visits, not exactly sure where or when, but I will.”