One of the best athletes to ever come through Person County is about to embark on his professional basketball career far away from the Allensville community where he grew up.
Former Person High School basketball great Ty Outlaw has signed to play basketball for Lavrio in the top division of the Greek Basketball League. Outlaw and another former standout, Radford’s Dravon Mangum were working out in Rocket Gym Tuesday afternoon. The former Person and Virginia Tech standout will leave for Greece this weekend to begin his hoops voyage overseas.
“It’s a dream come true, for real,” Outlaw said. “I’ve been dreaming of doing this since I was 5-years-old growing up here in Roxboro, in Allensville shooting on a wooden backboard with rocks and dirt. Now, I get to go all over the world and play. I’m just grateful.”
The road from Person County to Greece has certainly been filled with detours.
Outlaw was a multiple-time All-State performer at Person and helped lead the Rockets to conference championships and a third-round appearance in the state playoffs as a junior. He signed with UNC-Greensboro out of high school but left after his freshman year to attend Lee Junior College in Texas. Outlaw’s former coach at Lee, Marcus King, helped connect him with his new agent who facilitated his signing in the Greek league.
After excelling in his one season at Lee and fielding numerous offers from power five conference programs, Outlaw chose to play for Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech. A heart aliment and a knee injury cost him two full seasons in Blacksburg, but the Rocket alum’s perseverance paid off as he played a key role in helping the Hokies to a 26-9 record and appearance in the Sweet 16 this past season.
Outlaw started in 20 games last season and averaged 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while being one of the top 3-point shooters in the country at a shade over 45 percent. He was also presented the Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award before Virginia Tech’s first game of the ACC tournament.
“The last six years since I left Person, there have been ups and downs,” Outlaw said. “I’ve been to Texas and Virginia and in the news for good and bad reasons. Now, making it through, I just want to have a fresh start and make everyone right here in Roxboro proud of me, especially my family.
He is expected to step in and be a big-time contributor for Lavrio right away.
“Looking at the roster, they don’t have any players at my position,” Outlaw said. “They have multiple subs at multiple positions. Maybe, they’ll sign someone else. Maybe, they’ll build the team around me. Of course, I hope I can be efficient as a shooter and produce for them.”