Thorough Visit For Dozier

The third trip to UNC's campus for Perry ("P.J.") Dozier was a little different. He and his parents didn't have to worry about rushing from their Columbia, S.C. home to make the opening tip of a Carolina game.

Instead, they were able to visit with the UNC coaching staff, tour the basketball facilities and watch this year's Tar Heels team on the practice court.

"We talked to Coach Roy and he gave us this date because it was convenient for me and both of my parents," Dozier said. "It worked out well, because we did a lot during the time span we were there. For the most part, we didn't have to rush through our conversations. We took our time, enjoyed the company and enjoyed practice."

The Dozier family arrived in Chapel Hill around 3 p.m. and met with assistant coach C.B. McGrath. They got a first-hand look at the basketball offices, the player's lounge, the practice courts, the athletic training and weight rooms and the locker room.

"It was nice seeing all the different things they have there," explained Dozier. "I got to learn more about the former players and more background about the University of North Carolina."

As for the practice, Dozier watched friend and South Carolina native Brice Johnson closely. He also kept an eye on Williams's interaction with his players and UNC's guards, especially Marcus Paige and Nate Britt.

"Coach Roy let it be known afterwards that it wasn't one of the harder practices, but I looked at it and was like ‘that's pretty tough,'" said Dozier. "The coaching staff really teaches the guys a lot. They break down plays they need to work on and the guys really take criticism well. They have a great staff and they listen to what the coaches have to say. They looked better each time after they were taught something."

"Brice looked real good," he continued. "Marcus Paige and Nate Britt, they have a real good guard skillset, they control the team when they're out there and talk to the guys when they're out there."

His eye was on Paige, especially when the sophomore point guard slid over and played some "2." UNC is recruiting Dozier as a combo guard.

"The fact that they can have one point guard out there or two, they play off of each other very well," he said. "I feel like that's good because you can throw me out there by myself or with another guard and move me around and I'll still fit in."

A 6-5 guard from Spring Valley (S.C.) Columbia, Dozier will miss his entire junior season after surgery to repair a torn ACL. He's five weeks into rehab.

"So far, so good," he said. "Everything is coming along good. We rehab it about five days per week. My father and I go to the hospital to do physical therapy, then I work with my trainers just about every day after school. It started off real easy, but I'm always challenging myself and trying to strengthen up my leg."

Prior to the start of his high school season, Dozier plans to cut his list to "10 schools or less." Before then, he's considering visiting Georgetown for its season-opening event on Oct. 25, which is also his birthday.

When his list is trimmed, expect UNC to make the cut.

"North Carolina has always been one of the main, big colleges out there," he said. "This visit definitely opened my eyes and I could really see myself out there practicing with these guys, taking in all this from that coaching staff. "

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