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July 20, 2015

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina freshman guard PJ Dozier sat down with this week for our web series, “Starting Five With PJ Dozier.” The series will highlight a different member of the Gamecock men’s basketball team with each edition. Check out what PJ has to say about the McDonald’s All-American Game and his golf game below.

Q: What was it like to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game? And what was your favorite memory from the weekend?
A: It was a great blessing. I’m honored that I was able to go play in the game that many of the great basketball players have played in and follow in their footsteps. It was a great overall experience. My favorite memory was going to the Ronald McDonald House and seeing everything that they do for families and being able to meet and greet those families that stay there.

Q: What does it mean to you to play at South Carolina, a place where your father and uncle played and where your sister currently plays for the Gamecock women’s basketball team?
A: It means a lot being able to follow in the footsteps of my father and my uncle and also my sister. They’ve paved the way for me, and I want to try and take advantage of and make the best of it.

Q: How have the upperclassmen helped you adjust to college life?
A: They have helped a lot. The first two weeks as a freshman are definitely the toughest, with the weights and coming on the court. They are a great group of guys that help one another, day-in and day-out. I’m just blessed to have the teammates that I have.

Q: What are some of your interests outside of basketball?
A: I like to golf. It’s definitely relaxing. I’m not the best golfer, but I’m able to make it on the green and in the hole. That’s definitely the most relaxing thing for me outside of basketball.

Q: What aspect of your game are you working on the most this summer?
A: Building my body and strength. At this next level, it’s definitely different than high school. You have better, and bigger, grown men that you are playing against, so for me, it’s trying to build my body.