South Carolina knew losing PJ Dozier was a real possibility once the talented sophomore decided to test the NBA waters without an agent. And now it appears that possibility has turned into a reality.
According to a report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Dozier will sign with an agent and pursue the 2017 NBA Draft. The decision was made over the weekend, according to his sources.
The Gamecocks point guard had previously entered his name into the NBA Draft without signing an agent.
Signing with an agent will remove Dozier’s option to return to South Carolina for the 2017-18 basketball season. According to Wojnarowski, the 6-6 guard is projected as a second-round pick and should be able to provide NBA-level defense out of the gate while working on developing his offensive game.
He was a key cog to South Carolina’s Final Four team, which flourished as a No. 7 seed under the direction of Frank Martin. He averaged 13.8 points per game during his second season with the Gamecocks.
Recently, Dozier told SEC Country’s Mike Wilson that he was excited about the opportunity to see what the NBA had to offer without risking his college eligibility.
“That made it that much easier to be able to have that option and be able to weigh your options,” Dozier said. ”I’m blessed to be able to have the opportunity that the NBA allows us young guys to go enter the draft and get some feedback on where we are and make the deciding choice on whether we want to go or not.”
As it turns out, Dozier must have liked what he heard about his chances in the league.
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