GLENDALE, Ariz. — South Carolina already knows it is losing three key seniors heading into next season, but there is one decision the Gamecocks will be waiting on.
Sophomore guard PJ Dozier now must choose between returning for his junior season and the NBA.
“I haven’t really put any thought into it,” Dozier said after South Carolina lost 77-73 to Gonzaga in the Final Four. “I’m pretty sure I’ll sit down with my coach and my family and discuss what would be the best move for me, but I haven’t really put too much thought into it.”
Dozier has until 11:59 p.m. on April 23 to enter the NBA draft as an early entry candidate. He can then receive an invite to the NBA draft combine, which takes place from May 9-14, and could withdraw by May 24 if he wants to return to school after that, as long as he has not signed with an agent.
Dozier, who had 17 points and 9 rebounds in USC’s loss to Gonzaga, said that opportunity to enter early, receive feedback and still return to school is valuable to any underclassman.
As for his decision after averaging 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore, Dozier said it will come down to conversations with those close to him.
“I’m probably going to go off what my family and coach says,” Dozier said.