Heels Showing Strong Interest In Dozier

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- Regardless of whether you consider him a point guard or a shooting guard - or both - Perry Dozier is a coveted prospect.

The class of 2015 standout from Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley has already heard from a slew of programs, but pointed to four heavy hitters that are recruiting him the hardest: UNC, Indiana, Ohio State and Kansas.

"I'm just taking it slow, enjoying being able to say I have colleges recruiting me," he said during this week's NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Few rising juniors have received more early interest from North Carolina than Dozier. The Tar Heel staff evaluated him during last season, invited him to a game at the Smith Center in March, and Roy Williams visited him at school this spring.

"(They've shown) a lot of interest," Dozier said of UNC. "I talked to the coaches quite often. I really like their program. The game I saw I really enjoyed. UNC has always been a dream school of mine – it's a dream school of everyone, really."

Dozier said he's spoken to multiple North Carolina assistant coaches, as well as Roy Williams.

"He came to watch me workout before school one day this past year and I was definitely excited about that," he said about the Tar Heel head coach. "He said they'll be coming hard at me and hopefully around the corner there will be an offer on the table."

North Carolina has told Dozier they are recruiting him as a combo guard, and they're not alone – most schools envision the lengthy prospect as a versatile backcourt weapon.

"I play the ‘1' on most of my teams," he said. "I'm a 6-5 1 so I'll always have a guard that's shorter than me on my team so it's easy for me to move to the two."

Scouts at the NBPA Top 100 Camp have varied opinions on Dozier's projected college position. He showed good court vision in his first few games at the camp, but seemed most effective putting the ball on the floor and attacking the rim.

"At 6-foot-5, he's skilled and can spend some time on the ball," wrote Evan Daniels, Scout.com's National Recruiting Director. "With that said, he may be more effective in a scoring role. He changes speeds well, has a floater he'll use in the paint and can make a shot to 22-feet."

Dozier is up front about his abilities and areas for improvement. He gave a blunt response when asked about how changing speeds is such an important tool for him on the offensive end of the court.

"The simple fact that I'm not very fast – that's something I'll be working on before I get to the next level," he said. "My coach has been telling me how important it is to change speeds since I'm not going to be the fastest guy out there, change of speeds is really effective for me offensively."

That's not to say he's slow or unathletic. Just ask Theo Pinson, as Dozier challenged the UNC commitment at the rim by attempting a tomahawk dunk attempt on the first night of the camp.

"Going up trying to dunk on anyone, it brings up your morale and steps your game up," Dozier said. "We're all in high school, so I don't look at myself as a younger player. I'm just trying to compare myself to kids 1-2 years older than me."

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