Dozier Takes First UNC Visit

Perry Dozier first visit to Chapel Hill for a game was a good one.

A 6-foot-3 guard from Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley, Dozier decided late last week to take in a game, his second in the Triangle area. He visited N.C. State for its win over UNC in January.

"It was a great game and I really enjoyed it," he said. "I feel like I chose a good game to come to. They played really well and are a good basketball team. The atmosphere was great and hopefully the type I'll get to play in front of one day."

Of particular interest to Dozier was UNC's new, guard-oriented lineup.

"I love it," Dozier said. "Just the way they're able to put the ball on the floor and get out and fill the lanes, run and play above the rim. It's definitely my kind of style."

As UNC is still in the middle of securing its 2014 class, it hasn't fully devoted its attention to Dozier's class of 2015. Still, UNC head coach Roy Williams made it clear the Tar Heels are interested in Dozier.

"The highlight was being able to talk to Coach (Roy) Williams. "He's always been a coach that I've looked up to growing up. Just being able to be in his presence and have him to talk to me and tell me that they are recruiting me was an honor."

The conversation between Dozier and Williams was brief, as Williams had postgame obligations and several other visitors on campus. However, Dozier was happy with what Williams told him.

"He said he'll hopefully come up and watch me work out pretty soon," said Dozier, who has already had a UNC assistant coach at one of his recent games. "They said they're recruiting me as a combo guard and could see me playing for Carolina one day. Hopefully that can come true."

In the past, Dozier said he wanted to exclusively play point guard. That position seems to have changed. Furthermore, UNC's commitments from point guards in both the 2013 and 2014 classes won't impact his interest in the Tar Heels.

"I definitely look at the depth charts that are out there right now at the schools I'm interested in," he said. "Carolina always has great point guards and I don't really think about me battling for the position because, thankfully, for my height that's not the only position I can play. I'm a combo guard, so moving to the '2' or '3' really won't be that big of a deal."

A South Carolina legacy (his father and his uncle played for the Gamecocks, while his sister is a freshman on the women's basketball team), Dozier hears the whispers that he's a lock to stay home and play college basketball in Columbia.

That's not the case.

"It was great for all of them to go to South Carolina, but honestly I'm just looking for a school and program that I can come in and fit well into," Dozier explained. "Whether it's right at home or on the other side of the country, I just really want to go to a school that I can help."

Dozier, who is ranked No. 14 in the 2015 class by, holds offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Ohio State, Kansas and Georgia. He's also receiving strong interest from Indiana, N.C. State and North Carolina.

"UNC is definitely one of my top schools since I was a kid," he said. "That's definitely a dream school that everyone has. It would be fun to see what (interest) I can get out of UNC as far as recruiting. Hopefully, I'll hear back from them pretty soon."

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