5-star guard Perry Dozier, Jr. made his fifth and final visit to Louisville over the weekend and (of course) came away impressed with what he saw. The 24th ranked prospect – according to 247sports.com – will talk over his college choices with his parents and will likely come to a decision by late this week. There are plans in the works for him to announce his decision on Signing Day in a televised news conference. The Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones caught up with Dozier’s father to get a recap on the visit to UofL’s campus.
U of L and coach Rick Pitino left a good impression on Dozier during his trip to Louisville. Dozier was on hand and wearing a Louisville sweatshirt for U of L’s Thursday night football game against Florida State, and he attended the Cards’ basketball exhibition against Barry on Saturday.
“It was a wonderful trip,” Dozier Sr. said. “It’s a college town. There’s no pro teams there, so everything is focused on the college sports. Of course, their football team is pretty impressive, but you know the basketball team speaks for itself with the tradition. It has a beautiful campus, top-notch facilities, awesome coaching staff and great players.”
The 6-foot-6 Dozier, who is rated No. 24 nationally by 247Sports.com, is U of L’s clear-cut top remaining target in the 2015 class, and the Cards refocused their efforts on him after the withdrawn commitment of five-star guard Antonio Blakeney in September.
Perry Dozier Sr. said Pitino told his son that he would be a “perfect fit” at U of L and “make an impact right away” on a team that will lose senior point guard Chris Jones and possibly sophomore Terry Rozier, a candidate for early entry into the NBA draft.
“He’d like an opportunity to coach a big point guard,” Dozier Sr. “… The position is well needed to be filled (because of the departures). Then the opportunity to come in and play with (U of L combo guard commitment) Donovan Mitchell is also a great opportunity to have if they have P.J. in the backcourt.”
His final five schools are: Georgetown, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, and hometown South Carolina. His 247Sports Crystal Ball currently reads 48% South Carolina, 44% North Carolina, and 7% Louisville, but that is always subject to change.