Julian Dozier is an elite student-athlete currently attending University of Detroit Jesuit High School in Detroit, Michigan. The rising sophomore is one of the most highly touted point guards in the state of Michigan, and is well on his way to establishing national notoriety. A member of The Family on the AAU circuit this year, Ju has those who watch him raving about his pace, feel and presence as a consummate floor general at such a young age.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great Summer so far, you’ve turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for The Family and for you individually?
JD: The Summer went really well. We won a few tournaments and came up just short on a few others, but the season overall had been a great experience with the group of guys that I play with. We’re not done yet, and we have more work to finish.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
JD: I’m a pass first guard who can also create for himself, can finish well at the rim, and knock down the three. I’m also a hard nose defender who plays hard.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
JD: Right now, my schedule is tight with AAU and summer league games, but I am in the gym every chance that I get. Mostly, I work on improving my shooting and off the ball defense.
Ju Dozier is a gamer and only getting better! One of 2019's best pic.twitter.com/knw55WWHOv
— The Family (@TheFamily_bball) April 27, 2016
No Cassius Winston for U of D…no problem, as Ju Dozier has everything under control #IzzoShootout
— Paul Carmona (@NGSports) June 17, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
JD: I’d have to say history.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
JD: Communication and Broadcasting or Journalism
EM: What are your interests off the court?
JD: I play tons of chess during my off time and I’m sort of a sneaker head.
EM: Favorite sneaker ever?
JD: Jordan Bred 11’s or OVO 10’s.
Right now the top incoming freshman PG in the state of MI Julian Dozier is in the gym working with my SU staff. Work! pic.twitter.com/lt779JaPaJ
— Rashad Phillips (@RP3natural) July 28, 2015
In OT Ju Dozier with the game winning 3pter as time expired for Family 16s to take a 68-65 OT win over All In (Chi)
— The Family (@TheFamily_bball) April 30, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools show interest?
JD: It’s pretty early so nothing really major but I have received mail from Arizona a few times and I’ve heard from my coach about Toledo, Michigan State and OU.
EM: Any dream schools?
JD: Kentucky or MSU.
EM: Any visits or camps lined up in the near future?
JD: None coming up but we’ve already went to MSU and Marquette.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
JD: First and for most, education then the relationship that I have with coaching staff, players, and the university, Also, the atmosphere is important.
Family 16s with 77-66 win over Nike Team Florida. Thomas Kithier 22 pts/15rebs, Deante Johnson 16 pts/12 rebs, & Ju Dozier 13 assist/6 stls
— The Family (@TheFamily_bball) May 28, 2016
INSPIRING defensive effort today vs a great Western Team! Shout out to 2019 Guard Julian Dozier aka @Officialju_ who came up huge 4 us 2day!
— Brandon Parrish (@CoachParrish313) March 16, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
JD: On the court, the ultimate goal is to play professional ball and off the court ultimately I want to make it into heaven.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
JD: On the court, just stay in the gym and be the hardest worker and off the court grades are always important. Make sure to lead by example.
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