Free agent deal sends former Gamecocks point guard PJ Dozier to Lakers

June 23, 2017 GMT

Turns out, Sindarius Thornwell isn’t the only former South Carolina basketball star headed to Los Angeles.

After being undrafted Thursday night, former Gamecocks point guard PJ Dozier signed a free-agent deal with the Lakers, according to ESPN. He will head to the same city as Thornwell, who was sent to the Clippers for cash after being taken by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.

Dozier left USC after his sophomore season, and on the heels of a strong NCAA Tournament for the 6-6 Columbia native. He signed with an agent shortly after declaring for the draft, barring any potential return to South Carolina following the NBA combine in May.


Thornwell, taken with the 48th overall selection, became the first South Carolina player drafted since Renaldo Balkman in 2006. The Lancaster native was the coaches’ choice for SEC Player of the Year, and led USC to its first Final Four by averaging 23.6 points per game in the NCAA Tournament.

The Lakers were one of roughly a dozen teams Dozier worked out for prior to the draft. Both Thornwell and Dozier must still make their respective rosters.

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