6-foot-6 guard P.J. Dozier, a 2015 South Carolina commit, is a gifted basketball player with incredible athleticism and drive. It may seem like he’s living the life, but according to Bleacher Report, he hasn’t had an easy road to success.
At 11-years old Dozier, who played on the AAU Circuit, tore his ACL and MCL on a freaky, unfortunate play. He would later have surgery to repair his that MCL, but the doctors decided to leave the ACL as is, especially because Dozier was able to compete on it and they did not want to stunt his growth.
From 11-years old to his junior year in high school, the Columbia, SC native played (like a champ) on a torn knee ligament.
When doctors did decide to fix the year last year, they were very surprised by the fact that Dozier’s ACL was completely gone.
“The doctors were really perplexed,” Dozier’s dad, Perry, says in the video. “They looked at it and said they have never seen anything like it.”
But now Dozier is back to his normal, athletic self. The five-star recruit can still dunk it like never before and he still will be attending South Carolina to play with Frank Martin.
Dozier, a McDonald’s All-American, is ranked 19th on ESPN’s Top 100 recruiting rankings for 2015 as he held offers from South Carolina, Michigan, Louisville, North Carolina and Georgetown.
With his ACL and MCL recovered, Dozier is ready to “tear” up the SEC in 2015-16.