HEAT 2009 Draft Pick Dozier To Miss Three Months

Miami, 6/21 - Robert Dozier, one of the HEAT’s two 2009 second round draft picks, fractured his fifth metatarsal of his left foot last Tuesday. He is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks. The injury occurred during a non-contact drill at the team’s practice facility. Dozier underwent surgery on June 15 to have a screw inserted. The procedure was done by team physician  Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Doctor’s Hospital in Miami. Dozier is expected to be ready by training camp, if invited.  

The HEAT selected the 6-9 forward out of the University of Memphis with the 60th and final pick of last year’s draft. Dozier averaged 9.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, and 1.54 bpg during his four-year college career. He became one of only six players in school history to finish his career with 1,000 points and 900 rebounds. He teamed with Bulls guard Derrick Rose to lead Memphis to the 2008 NCAA title game, which it lost to a Kansas team led by HEAT guard Mario Chalmers. 

Dozier was coming off a promising season in Greece, and will miss all of the HEAT Summer League in Las Vegas. He averaged 9.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg in 28 games for VAP Kolossos.