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Former Gamecocks star PJ Dozier caps stellar professional season with G League honor

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PJ Dozier’s professional career took another step Wednesday.

The former South Carolina great has been named to the All-NBA G League third team for his work this season for the Maine Red Claws. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard averaged 21.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists over 46 games for Maine, the Boston Celtics’ G League affiliate.

Dozier, a Columbia native and co-star on USC’s 2017 Final Four team, was called up to the Celtics for the rest of the season late last month.

“He’s super reliable, can guard a bunch of different positions and makes plays off the pick-and-roll,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told BostonCeltics.com at the time. “So, we could use him in a situation with our other better wings where he would be a good complementary piece with them.”

Dozier has made five game appearances for the Celtics, averaging 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 2.7 minutes per game. Boston entered Wednesday’s games tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference. The playoffs begin April 13.

The all-star honor caps his first year with the Celtics’ organization. Formerly with Oklahoma City, Dozier signed a two-way contract with Boston in August.

Andrew Ramspacher has been covering college athletics since 2010, serving as The State’s USC men’s basketball beat writer since October 2017. His work has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Virginia Press Association and West Virginia Press Association. At a program-listed 5-foot-10, he’s always been destined to write about the game. Not play it.
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