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Perry "P.J." Dozier Picks South Carolina Over Louisville

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Rick Pitino's search to complete his 2015 recruiting class will continue, as Perry "P.J." Dozier elected to commit to his hometown South Carolina Gamecocks over Louisville during a press conference at his high school Wednesday afternoon.

Dozier, a four-star shooting guard out of Columbia, S.C., has been U of L's top target in the class of 2015 ever since the unexpected decommitment of Antonio Blakeney. He had  been listing five schools -- Louisville, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgetown and Michigan -- as his finalists.

"Opportunity to stay home and help change the culture of the program like the top football players from South Carolina did," Dozier's AAU coach told when asked about the decision. "Coach Martin and the athletic department have a plan in place to help the basketball program move forward. P.J. would be the face of the program. Coach Evans has done a great job recruiting P.J. and building a relationship with him."

Dozier had been considered a strong Louisville lean since taking his official visit to U of L on Oct. 30, but apparently a late push from Frank Martin was enough to swing the talented guard to South Carolina.

Disappointing afternoon for Cardinal hoops.