Spring Valley girls basketball player Asia Dozier plans to become a Gamecock in 2012.
Dozier, ranked as the nation’s 56th-best high school player in the nation by ESPN Rise HoopGurlz, gave an oral commitment to USC coach Dawn Staley on Friday.
“It’s excitement and relief; those are the two main things I’m feeling,” Dozier said. “It’s going to be a lot easier to focus on that one goal of winning another state championship instead of being involved in the recruiting process in my senior year.”
Dozier is a guard who averaged 17.1 points and 4.6 rebounds this past season, helping lead the Vikings to their second Class 4A title in three years. She had 105 steals and 107 assists and was selected to The Associated Press all-state team.
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“She had it narrowed down, and they (the Gamecocks) were in the top five for quite some time,” Vikings coach Anne Long said. “Asia’s always been mature, and she pretty much knows what she wanted. It’s good for her and for her family.
“Coach Staley will develop her and her ability, and she’ll bring a lot to them.”
Dozier was recruited by many of the top programs in the nation. She is the daughter of former Gamecocks standout Perry Dozier (1986-88).
“The coaching staff is amazing. Coach Staley and the rest of the USC coaching staff, I just like what they’re doing in the program,” Dozier said. “There’s nothing like staying home and all the people that have been able to support you through your younger years being able to come out and continue to support you through college.”
Dozier and fellow national recruit Xylina McDaniel will try to lead Spring Valley to another title in the winter. McDaniel is ranked No. 20 by HoopGurlz and was the state Gatorade player of the year for the 2010-11 season. Connecticut and Tennessee are among her top choices, and USC remains an option, Long said.
“Me and (Xylina) playing together in college would be a dream come true,” Dozier said. “But this is no pressure for her to make the same choice. I am going to support her wherever she chooses.”