Dozier declares for 2017 NBA Draft, eligible to return

South Carolina's PJ Dozier drives down the baseline while defended by Vermont's Ernie Duncan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Columbia, S.C. (WACH)-- University of South Carolina sophomore guard PJ Dozier announced Wednesday that he plans to submit his name for the 2017 NBA Draft, but has not hired an agent.

Dozier will have up to 10 days following NBA Draft Combine (May 9-14) to make his decision to remain in the draft or to return to the Gamecock nation for his junior year.

"I want to thank my family, Coach Martin, my teammates and our amazing fans at South Carolina for the support that I've received thus far in my time as a Gamecock,"Dozier said.

"After talking with my family an Frank following our time at the Final Four, I've made the decision to submit my name for the Draft, but I've not hired an agent. I'm looking forward to continuing to grow my game and the Draft process."

Head coach Frank Martian says he is very excited about PJ's decision, "We are all very excited for PJ and the opportunity that he has in front of him in taking full advantage of his ability to test the waters and submit his name for the Draft," said Martin.

Dozier was second on the team this season with 13.9 points per game, while he also dished a team-high 2.8 assists, while pulling down 4.8 rebounds and collecting 1.7 steals per game.

During the NCAA Tournament, Dozier topped his average posting 156 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, while connecting on 50.8 percent of his attempts from the floor as he helped the Gamecocks climb to the Final Four with the first Tournament win since 1973.

Dozier led the Gamecocks in scoring in the national semifinal match-up versus Gonzaga, posting 17 points to go along with nine rebounds, two assists and two steals all in 30 minutes of action.

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