Spring Valley boys basketball player P.J. Dozier has been selected as the 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year for South Carolina, USA Today announced today.
The winners were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2014-15 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Click each player’s name to view his credentials.
Here’s the skinny on why Dozier was chosen from among a talented senior class:
: P.J. Dozier
: Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.)
: Point guard
: 195 pounds
: He averaged 19 points and six assists per game this past season, leading the Vikings (19-8) to the Class 4A regional final. A 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game selection, he is ranked as the nation’s No. 25 recruit in the class of 2015 by ESPN.
: Dozier has maintained a 3.09 GPA.
: He has volunteered locally with a children’s museum, as a mentor for children with special needs and on behalf of the American Red Cross.
“P.J. Dozier is an unbelievable player who makes his teammates better,” said Layne Fowler, head coach at Byrnes High. “He seems to have a wonderful attitude and I think he is one of the best players our state has seen in a long time.
: Dozier has signed with South Carolina.
Following is a list of the other winners nationwide:
Alabama: Josh Langford, Madison (Ala.) Academy
Alaska: Kamaka Hepa, Barrow
Arizona: Alex Barcello, Corona del Sol (Tempe)
Arkansas: Kevaughn Allen, North Little Rock
California: Tyler Dorsey, Maranatha (Pasadena)
Colorado: Brian Carey, East (Denver)
Connecticut: Steven Enoch, St. Thomas More School (Oakdale)
Delaware: DeVaughn Mallory, Polytech (Woodside)
D.C.: Bryant Crawford, Gonzaga College (Washington)
Florida: Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy
Georgia: Jaylen Brown, Wheeler (Marietta)
Hawaii: Kupa’a Harrison, Kalaheo (Kailua)
Idaho: Stefan Gonzalez, Highland (Pocatello)
Illinois: Jalen Brunson, Stevenson (Lincolnshire)
Indiana: Caleb Swanigan, Homestead (Fort Wayne)
Iowa: Spencer Haldeman, Western Dubuque (Epworth)
Kansas: Dean Wade, St. John
Kentucky: Camron Justice, Knott County Central (Hindman)
Louisiana: Wayde Sims, University Lab School (Baton Rouge)
Maine: Nick Mayo, Messalonskee (Oakland)
Maryland: Justin Robinson, Saint James School (Hagerstown)
Massachusetts: Guilien Smith, Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury)
Michigan: Deyonta Davis, Muskegon
Minnesota: J.T. Gibson, Champlin Park (Champlin)
Mississippi: Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson)
Missouri: Jayson Tatum, Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis)
Montana: Tres Tinkle, Hellgate (Missoula)
Nebraska: Tyler Hagedorn, Norfolk
Nevada: Chase Jeter, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
New Hampshire: Terance Mann, Tilton School (Tilton)
New Jersey: Malachi Richardson, Trenton Catholic Academy (Hamilton)
New Mexico: Ryan Jones, Cleveland (Rio Rancho)
New York: Cheick Diallo, Our Savior New American School (Centereach)
North Carolina: Dennis Smith Jr., Trinity Christian School (Fayetteville)
North Dakota: Carter Kretchman, Oak Grove Lutheran (Fargo)
Ohio: Luke Kennard, Franklin
Oklahoma: Shake Milton, Owasso
Oregon: Payton Pritchard, West Linn
Pennsylvania: Levan Shawn Alston, The Haverford School (Haverford)
Rhode Island: Corey Daugherty, Barrington
South Carolina: P.J. Dozier, Spring Valley (Columbia)
South Dakota: Deng Geu, Washington (Sioux Falls)
Tennessee: Dedric Lawson, Hamilton (Memphis)
Texas: Admon Gilder, Madison (Dallas)
Utah: Zac Seljaas, Bountiful
Vermont: Ben Shungu, Rice Memorial (South Burlington)
Virginia: Dwayne Bacon, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson)
Washington: Dejounte Murray, Rainier Beach (Seattle)
West Virginia: Chase Harler, Central Catholic (Wheeling)
Wisconsin: Henry Ellenson, Rice Lake
Wyoming: Jalen Krening, Rawlins
For more info on Gatorade AOY/POY go to www.gatorade.com/poy/.