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Player Background
By Matthew Maurer
1/6/09

Dozier's rise in basketball came rather late. It was at an age when top prospects are discovered before they finish the 8th grade. He was initially more interested in baseball than hoops but his 6-inch growth spurt after freshmen year led him to rethink his athletic options.

Dozier's sophomore year was nothing more than an experiment as his new found body lacked coordination, but by the time he entered junior year the clumsiness that plagued him was a thing of the past. His tremendous AAU play during the Kingwood Classic really opened up college coaches eyes around the nation, including head coach John Calipari who offered him a scholarship which Dozier immediately accepted. But with the explosion of his stock heading into senior year Dozier decided to re-open his recruitment because he felt he rushed things.

The top 100 prospect committed to the University of Georgia with their offer of playing time. After graduating from Lithonia High School, Georgia's admissions flagged Dozier's SAT because of it's significantly high score. He re-took the test only to score dramatically lower. With his academics out of order he made his way to Laurinburg Prep where he played an integral part in the school's perfect 40-0 record and their 2005 prep national championship. Dozier averaged 14.4 points and 7.5 rebounds on a loaded squad that featured fellow Memphis teammates Antonio Anderson and Shawne Williams (Dallas Mavericks).

In the end Dozier re-committed to Memphis partly because of his relationship with the coaching staff but primarily due to the school's location close to family. Although Dozier is not labeled a troublemaker he's had his share of lumps with Calipari who, despite this, remains loyal to Dozier but stresses that the senior must be dedicated to the weight room this season.

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 Memphis

37

40.4

22.2

75.0

0.6

1.1

5.5

0.6

5.6

2006-07 Memphis

37

47.1

29.3

63.4

0.9

1.5

6.2

1.1

9.6

2007-08 Memphis

37

44.0

30.3

67.5

1.1

1.8

6.8

1.1

9.2

2008-09 Memphis

37

51.9

37.5

72.1

1.3

1.6

7.5

1.4

12.9

DIV I Totals

148

45.9

29.8

69.5

1.0

1.5

6.5

1.1

9.3

 

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