Spring Valley senior point guard P.J. Dozier has been selected for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game.
Dozier was one of six area players nominated for the national all-star game and is the first South Carolina boys’ player to receive the honor since Milton Jennings played in the 2009 game.
“It’s just exciting, being blessed to get this great opportunity to go to Chicago and play in the All-American game. It’s just the icing on the cake,” Dozier said.
He will play on the West team in the April 1 game at Chicago’s United Center.
Dozier signed with South Carolina in November, following in the footsteps of his father, Perry, and uncle, Terry Dozier, who has been his trainer and mentor.
Dozier joins his uncle Terry (1985), BJ McKie (1995) and Rolando Howell (2000) as the only USC signees to be named to the McDonald’s team.
Dozier was ranked as one of the nation’s top players as a sixth grader, and getting the nod as a McDonald’s All-American is confirmation that he still is on the path to his dream of playing in the NBA.
“You don’t see too many players to be able to stay on that pedestal and stay on that path for that long. I thank God for everybody that supported me and worked with me, because I didn’t get here on my own,” Dozier said.
Dozier watched the announcement surrounded by family and teammates.
“It’s really a tribute to how much work he put into it,” Perry Dozier said. “He’s been through some bumps and bruises but continued to put in the work to be where he is today.”
P.J. Dozier missed most of his junior season after having surgery to repair a torn ACL. He returned this season and leads the Vikings (15-3, 5-0) in scoring.
Dozier’s older sister, Asia Dozier, was a nominee for the 2012 girls game, and the family did not know what to expect this year as they awaited the announcement of the final rosters.
“You never really know how it’s going to go, because we thought Asia would have made it, but it didn’t happen,” Perry Dozier said. “So, it is a surprise, because you don’t know what the committee’s looking for.
“We just know he put in the work.”
USC’s Alaina Coates (Dutch Fork) and A'ja Wilson (Heathwood Hall) as well as Xylina McDaniel (Spring Valley) have been named to the McDonalds’ girls All-American team in the past few years.