Two South Carolina men’s basketball alumni have found NBA homes.
P.J. Dozier (2015-2017) signed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets on Monday, while Hassani Gravett (2016-19) on Tuesday agreed to an “Exhibit 10” contract with the Orlando Magic.
“I’m extremely excited with the opportunity they’ve presented me with. It’s always been my dream to play basketball professionally and dreams are falling in place,” Gravett told Spurs & Feathers on Tuesday. “It feels good to see the hard work and dedication that I’ve put into the game paying off.
“But I’m nowhere near done. The grind never stops. Now that I’ve got a foot in the door, I’m ready to shock the world and show everyone what I’m capable of. I can’t wait to get started.”
The duo joins former teammates Sindarius Thornwell (Cavaliers) and Chris Silva (Heat) on NBA rosters.
Dozier was previously on a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics but only appeared in six NBA games with the team last season. He spent most of 2018-19 with the Maine Red Claws and was named a G League All-Star after averaging 21.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game.
The 22-year-old spent his first season with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a two-way contract after going undrafted, getting two appearances with the NBA squad in 2017-18.
In eight career NBA games, Dozier is averaging 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 6.8 minutes.
Gravett averaged 11.4 points and 3.8 rebounds last year for South Carolina and was the SEC’s Sixth Man of The Year. He led the Gamecocks with 65 3-pointers and shot 39.9 percent from behind the arc.
Gravett was a polarizing figure during his three-year South Carolina career. He went from Pensacola State College to being key bench player on the Gamecocks’ Final Four team, from starting in an erratic junior season to being named the SEC Sixth Man of the Year as a senior.
An Exhibit 10 contract is a one-year deal worth the minimum salary that guarantees Gravett receives a camp invite. Gravett can either have his Exhibit 10 converted into a two-way contract or be waived.