He’ll officially visit Louisville Aug. 31, UNC Sept. 6 and Georgetown Sept. 13. Trips to the other two finalists have not yet been scheduled.
“The relationships that I’ve built have been great,” said Dozier, a 6-6 wing from Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley. “I had great ones with all the schools that recruited me, but I feel really good about the coaches and these schools.
"I’m trying to look at the big picture and see where I can fit in comfortably. I want to go to a program that will prepare me for the next level. These are definitely schools that I could see myself playing for. I’m taking the visits very seriously. I’m pretty sure I’ll finish all five before I make a decision."
UNC head coach Roy Williams and his staff offered Dozier a scholarship just over a year ago and have made him one of their top priorities in the 2015 class. Williams has taken several visits to Columbia and has been a mainstay at Upward Stars 17U – Dozier’s AAU team – games during the spring and summer evaluation periods.
“I have a great relationship with Coach Roy Williams and (assistant coach) C.B. McGrath,” Dozier said. “ I’ve been talking to them for a long time. They (UNC) were one of my favorites growing up. I had a lot of favorites, but they were definitely one of them. Just thinking about how you were a little kid looking up to this school and now they’re trying to get you there, it’s definitely a great opportunity. “
Though Louisville “jumped on board a little late,” Dozier said he felt a connection with head coach Rick Pitino.
“I could tell they were really going to jump on me really hard and try to recruit me,” said Dozier of the attention the Cardinals gave him during the summer evaluation periods. “They were almost at all my games in July. They gave out a really good vibe.”
Georgetown, Dozier said, was a family favorite.
“In addition to the great relationship with the coaching staff, my family really likes the school and the program,” he said. “I think they can help me get to the next level.”
Michigan visited Dozier in Columbia as well last fall and this past spring. Those visits helped the Wolverines make the cut.
“Same thing with the other schools, just the whole vibe the staff gave off,” said Dozier. “I felt comfortable around them and all of our conversations were great. They stuck with me throughout the whole injury process and really helped me.”
South Carolina, where his father and uncle starred at in the 1980s, and where his sister Asia stars for the women’s basketball team, rounds out Dozier’s top five.
“Obviously it’s not too far from home, it’s right down the street,” he said. “The relationship with me and the coaching staff is unbelievable. The guys on the team, I see them around sometimes. Some of the guys I played with on AAU when I was little are there.”
Helping Dozier make his decision, which won’t likely come until after all five official visits, are his parents, his sister and Upward Stars head coach Curtis Wheeler.
“They’ve all been telling me, it’s on me,” he said. “They don’t have to go to these colleges, so it’s my decision. But they do have my best interests in mind at all times. They’ll help me a lot.”
With the offseason circuit in the books and his list trimmed down, Dozier has been able to reflect on the process. “It was a long process (getting to a top five) I can say that much,” explained Dozier. “I’ve enjoyed the whole process and building relationships with programs. Just looking back and seeing how far I’ve come, I see how blessed I am to have this opportunity.”