South Carolina guard P.J. Dozier is expected to sign with an agent and remain in the NBA Draft, according to reports from The Vertical and ESPN.
Dozier initially declared for the draft with the intention of keeping his eligibility, but he has since decided to fully pursue a professional career.
A 6-foot-6 point guard, Dozier starred for the Gamecocks in their run to the Final Four this season, averaging 15.6 points in five games for Frank Martin’s club. Dozier, for the season, averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals, but he shot just 28.5 percent from three. While he will be able to contribute immediately on the defensive end of the floor in the NBA, his question marks as a shooter likely mean he’ll end up being a second round pick.
Losing Dozier, a South Carolina native, is a massive blow for a South Carolina team that is already looking to replace Sindarius Thornwell, who graduated this year.