2017-03-18 / The Rock

Former Rocket standout Tyrone Outlaw plays strong in ACC

By Kye’l Torain, Trey’Shon Woods

Former 2009-2013 Person High School varsity basketball player and current Virginia Tech guard/ forward Tyrone Outlaw Jr. is living his dream of playing in the Athletic Coast Conference (ACC).

In recent weeks, Outlaw has proven himself to be a force on the team. At the start of the season, he played an average of 17 minutes and is now playing an average of 32 minutes.

In the Feb. 27 game against Miami, Outlaw broke Virginia Tech’s school record for the most three-point shots made in a single game. During that game, he shot 8 for 10 from the three-point line and had an 80 percent field goal percentage. Outlaw ended his scoring night against Miami with 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.

After high school, Outlaw played his first year with the UNCG Spartans and decided to transfer at the end of the school year. The following year, he played at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. NCAA regulations prohibit players from playing NCAA basketball during their transfer year. While at Lee College, Outlaw scored nine three-pointers in a single game.

After improving his game at Lee College, Outlaw received offers from Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Florida, Kansas, Oregon, and Arkansas.

Outlaw was red-shirted his first year so he could be treated for a heart condition. Now he is showing his hometown and many others what hard work and dedication combined with talent can do.

Person High School men’s varsity basketball coach Charles Dacus, who coached Outlaw for four years, said, “ I think he is doing very well. He’s shooting consistently and competing well with the Virginia Tech basketball team.”

In regard to Outlaw’s junior and senior years in high school, Dacus said, “It was a busy time. Many schools were recruiting him. Ty was a member of the PHS National Honor Society and a team role model, characteristics that recruiters also seek.”

In preparation for the college level, Dacus said he worked with Outlaw on improving his shooting, ball handling, and mostly improving his perimeter offense.”

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