Dozier Lands Tar Heel Offer

P.J. Dozier grew up a fan of North Carolina basketball. Now, whether or not he plays for his childhood favorite is up to him.

Following a conversation with UNC head coach Roy Williams on Tuesday evening, Dozier received a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels, he confirmed to

"He just called me and we just had a regular conversation at first and then we started talking about the recruiting process and how he was following me this year and through July," Dozier said. "Then Coach Roy Williams established that an offer was on the table.

"It's big. I'm really excited. Him being Roy Williams himself and them along with a few others are a dream school of mine and finally having the opportunity to have an offer from that school, that program and that head coach. I'm really excited about it."

A standout guard at Spring Valley (S.C.) Columbia, Dozier told IC earlier this year that "I've been following North Carolina I was little, with them always being one of the top teams in the NCAA tournament. They've just always been the team to watch for me."

Dozier started getting attention from the Tar Heels in December, when the coaching staff saw him play at an event in Columbia. In March, he took his first visit to Chapel Hill during UNC's win over Florida State. Just three weeks later, Williams made an evaluation trip to Columbia to view one of Dozier's workouts.

"What is there not to like about them?" Dozier said after getting the offer. "With them being a dream school of mine, as they are of everyone's. Roy Williams does a great job with their program, as do the rest of the staff.

"UNC always has top recruiting class and is a top program and it's just UNC."

During July's three evaluation periods, Williams watched Dozier multiple times.

"At 6-foot-5, he's skilled and can spend some time on the ball," wrote Evan Daniels,'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."

His father, Perry Sr., and uncle, Terry, were standouts for the South Carolina men's basketball team in the 1980s, while his sister, Asia, is currently a sophomore on the Gamecocks women's basketball team.

The rest of Dozier's offer list includes Indiana, Kansas, UConn, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, N.C. State, Missouri, Cincinnati, South Carolina and Clemson.

How does the offer impact his recruitment?

"It changes as in one more school I'm able to say I have an offer from and being glad that I have an offer from," Dozier said. "Other than that I'm still open right now. I'll hopefully have it narrowed by the middle of the season."

A return visit to UNC in the near future is likely.

"I'm going to try and catch a football game sometime this year," he said.

(Evan Daniels contributed to this report.)

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