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Outlaw named Bradley Award winner

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LEWISVILLE — Virginia Tech’s Ty Outlaw is the recipient of the 13th annual Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Roxboro native and Person High School alumnus missed two separate seasons but returned this year to be one of the Hokies’ leaders, both on and off the court.

After playing his freshman year at UNC-Greensboro and his sophomore year at Lee Junior College, Outlaw transferred to Virginia Tech, but he missed the 2015-16 season with a heart condition.

Returning in 2016-17 as a junior, Outlaw averaged 6.3 points per game in 33 games, including a career-high 24 against Miami. He shot 48.6 percent from the field and 48.7 percent from the 3-point line.

Outlaw tore a knee ligament before last season and missed the entire 2017-18 season.

He was granted a second medical hardship waiver and returned this season to average 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in 30 games, 15 of which he started.

Outlaw graduated with a degree in criminology last May and is finishing a second degree in sociology this spring.

“Ty Outlaw is the perfect selection for the Bob Bradley Award,” Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams said. “His resolve to battle through the adversity he has faced since arriving at Virginia Tech is a testament to the way he was raised. Education and doing the right thing is important to him and his family. He is a mature, thoughtful and resilient person who is constantly looking for ways to improve himself.

“He is a natural born leader who has been a great teammate both on and off the court and is respected for his perseverance by all who know him.”

The Bradley Award was presented before Virginia Tech’s second-round game versus Miami at the New York Life ACC Tournament in Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon.

A joint venture of the ACC and ACSMA, the Bradley Award is given annually in memory of Bob Bradley, the Hall of Fame sports information director at Clemson University whose positive attitude inspired all who knew him as he battled cancer. The award goes to an ACC student-athlete, coach, administrator, or other personnel in men’s or women’s basketball who has overcome significant hardship to contribute to his or her team, or to society as a whole.

Other award recipients include Woody Durham, The Capel Family, University of North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell and former University of Virginia women’s basketball coach Debbie Ryan and former N.C. State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow.

The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association is an organization of journalists dedicated to fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between the news media and the institutions and administration of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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