Kentucky, Ohio State and North Carolina Among Schools Recruiting P.J. Dozier

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

SUWANEE, Ga.- P.J. Dozier is back and better than ever.

The 6-foot-5 point guard from Spring Valley (S.C.) has returned from surgery on his meniscus and is leading an Upward Stars team that has stormed through their first two games at the Nike Memorial Classic.

“So far, so good,” Dozier told SNY.tv. “All of the doctors say that you come back way more explosive than you were before, I definitely feel like that’s true. My goal is just to stay healthy.”

Dozier says that all of the schools that were recruiting him before are still on board and working hard to convince him to chose a school.

“It’s nice to see that they’ve stuck with me throughout the whole process,” Dozier said. “UNC, Kentucky, Kansas, South Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Louisville are all on board and showing interest.”

Dozier’s father, Perry Dozier Sr., who played basketball at South Carolina, says that there has been some pressure for P.J. to stay in state, but that it’s all about where P.J. fits best.

“It’s going to come down where he wants to go,” Dozier Sr. said. “He has to chose where he wants to go, academically and athletically.”

Dozier, ranked No. 37 in the class of 2015 by 247 Sports, currently has offers from Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Georgetown, UConn, NC State, Ohio State, Kansas and Wichita State.

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16 comments
Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

I liked Mashinter, but I understand  this move for Beach. This is a win/win trade for the Rangers. Neither player at this point are impact players.

cole3244
cole3244

this sounds like muscle over talent, if so its not a forward move.

cljamny
cljamny

Watched some of Beach's fights and was underwhelmed.  His technique will get him hurt in NHL.  Hopefully, Asham will teach  him a thing or two or McIlrath.  Doubt he'll be called up anytime soon.

Randy Stewart
Randy Stewart

My eyes started rolling uncontrollably when I saw the words "Hugh Jessiman". Hopefully he will have more upside than Mash...

CaptainCally24
CaptainCally24

i like this trade we need some more toughness on this team. Hopefully he gets called up for a few games to play on the 4th line and then we can finally get pyatt off the roster he is useless!

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Now can we trade the queen for Malkin or Neal.

Dennis Kuflik
Dennis Kuflik

If he can actually play, he gives the bottom 6 forward group a much needed right handed shot and is also someone who can drop the gloves and fight!

Kevin
Kevin

@cole3244 Because Mashinter had so much talent. It's not a forward move, but it's at least a lateral move.  Not really worth much of our time in general.  It's ultimately a minor leaguer for a minor leaguer.  I guess ultimately Beach has actual upside, he was a 1st round pick.  Which means nothing but still.  

georgexvx
georgexvx

I don't see it happening this year. I am hoping if we do resign him he can be a throw around enforcer for when we need him. I do agree with you assignment though. Dude is definitely his own worst enemy.

C. A. TumminiaⓋ
C. A. TumminiaⓋ

@Bo Beck Yeah. So we can tank in the first/second round of the playoffs like Pittsburgh has the past two years with horrible defense and goaltending. 

georgexvx
georgexvx

Not sure why chicago would make this trade. Definitely better for us then it is for them. Not sure what Beach's contract looks like though.

Thank  You Boys
Thank You Boys

@georgexvx he's actually cheaper than Mashinter lol.


He has a serious attitude problem, might be why.

georgexvx
georgexvx

If we can resign him for cheap i don't care. He can fight and will fight and can be kept as a scratch until we need him for bruiser teams. He could be a real gritty player and didn't cost us picks or prospects so his development isnt a priority like it is with JT or Kristo.