On April 12, South Carolina sophomore P.J. Dozier announced he had entered his name into the upcoming NBA Draft. However, at the time Dozier was waiting to hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of him returning to school.
However, Dozier's two-year Gamecock career is now officially over. Reports surfaced on Monday that Dozier had hired an agent, and the Columbia native confirmed the news with a touching Instagram post later that afternoon.
In it, Dozier thanked God for the opportunities he's received, and said he's always been taught to capitalize on those opportunities. He also left a special message for the South Carolina coaching staff and fan base.
"About two years ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life; to stay home and play for one of the greatest institutions with the best fans in the nation!" Dozier wrote. "I am so grateful to coach Frank (Martin) and my teammates for these last two years and for helping to set me up for future success on the next level.
"Gamecock Nation, you have been nothing short of amazing."
At the Gamecock Gala on Monday night, teammate Sindarius Thornwell said he and other players talked to Dozier, recommending him to wait until after the NBA combine to hire an agent. However, Thornwell said he fully supports Dozier's decision and that it must be the best thing for him.
Dozier showed great improvement from his freshman to sophomore year, and played extremely well in the NCAA tournament as the Gamecocks made a run to the Final Four. He averaged nearly 16 points per game, and was South Carolina's second-best player behind Thornwell.
For the season, he averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists in 29 minutes per game. He was also second on the team with 60 steals.
Currently, Dozier is projected as a late first round pick, but that could change depending on how he performs at the NBA combine from May 9-14.
**Story by Kyle Heck/photo by Jenny Dilworth**