COLUMBIA — Perry Dozier Jr., the highest-rated recruit signed by Frank Martin since the head coach arrived at South Carolina, has earned the highest honor a high school basketball player can receive — McDonald’s All-American.
Dozier, of Columbia’s Spring Valley High School, on Wednesday was named one of the 24 players who will compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game on April 1 in Chicago. Dozier, the son of a former USC player and the brother to a member of the top-ranked women’s squad, becomes the first Gamecocks men’s signee to earn the distinction in over a decade, and only the fourth South Carolina men’s signee ever named to the team.
A 6-6 shooting guard, Dozier is the first men’s McDonald’s All-American bound for South Carolina since Rolando Howell, who went on to score 970 points for the Gamecocks from 2001-04. The two other USC players to earn the honor were Terry Dozier, Perry Jr.’s uncle, who scored 1,445 points from 1985-89; and BJ McKie, South Carolina’s all-time leading scorer, who from 1995-99 posted 2,119 points and led USC to its lone SEC title in 1997.
Dozier’s sister, Asia, is a junior on the unbeaten Gamecocks women’s squad. Perry Dozier Jr. is part of a 2015 signing class for USC which also includes Chris Silva, a 6-8 forward from Roselle, N.J.