The Washington Wizards hold the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Who will they take? Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. Check back for more as we continue to get closer to the draft...
Name: P.J. Dozier
School: South Carolina
Position: Shooting guard
2016/17 stats: 13.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.7 spg, 40.7 FG%, 29.8 3PT% (1.2 3P/3.9 3PA), 59.7 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 50th, NBADraft.net 36th
5 things to know:
*Dozier is an athletic guard with a high ceiling. He measured 6-foot-6 3/4 with shoes at the combine which is more than enough size for a shooting guard. He has a 6-foot-11 wingspan and a solid 39-inch vertical leap. According to DraftExpress.com, that's in the 92nd percentile in the combine's history, and his 34-inch standing vertical is in the 97th percentile. He was also in the 92nd percentile in the 3/4 court sprint.
*One big problem for Dozier is his inablity to shoot. Not only did he shoot a poor percentage from the field (40.7%), he was awful from three (29.8%) and dreadful from the free throw line (59.7%). Defense will be extra important early in his career as he develops a shot.
*Dozier was a big part of South Carolina's first Final Four run since 1973. He had double-doubles in all five of their tournament games and averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game during that stretch.
*Dozier was a McDonald's All-American and at one point the highest-ranked youth player in the country... as a fifth-grader. He played point guard in high school. Dozier missed his junior season in high school because he tore his ACL and MCL. He initially got the MCL repaired, but played for months without an ACL.
*Dozier comes from a long line of South Carolina Gamecocks basketball players. His father (1986-88), uncle (1986-89) and sister (2012-16) all played there. His uncle, Terry, played nine games for the Charlotte Hornets in the 1990 season. Perry, Sr. and Terry were twin forwards who led Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Md. to a national championship.
Fit with Wizards: Dozier fits as a backup to Bradley Beal who could have some positional versatility. But given his age and shooting struggles, it looks like Dozier will be a long-term project. The Wizards will have to decide if they want to take on a guy who may take some time, but could be a diamond in the rough if developed right.
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