April 10, 2012

Outlaw has stellar defense

Roxboro (NC) Person small forward Tyrone Outlaw does the little things and does them well, which makes them significant especially in the eyes of college coaches.

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound 2013 prospect would rather lock down the other team's best player than lead his team in scoring. He just wants to win, and is willing to do whatever it takes. Outlaw is a team player, who knows his role.

"I'm a great defensive player, but you never can stop working on that," Outlaw said. "I've improved a lot on my dribbling, on-the-ball defense, moving side-to-side. As far as offensively I need to get better driving, jab-stepping, pump-faking. I can knock down the shots whenever I take them."

Outlaw's desire to improve on his biggest strength should be noticed, because it stood out at the highest level as he was head-and-shoulders above everyone defensively at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge Saturday, March 24. He defends with an unyielding, junkyard dog mentality, and crashes the boards like a gang buster.

This clearly was not a one-day flash in the pan, but is a running trend as college coaches are showing interest.

"Murray State called, Duke called, Richmond stayed in touch, Wake Forest, V Tech and Miami (Fla.) they all stayed in touch," Outlaw said. "It's like a dream come true. I was at workouts when Duke [Jeff Capel] called. I heard the voicemail. "I'd love to go to any ACC school, especially [any] in North Carolina. I'd say my dream school is NC State."

Jeff Battle is recruiting him for the Demon Deacons.

"Me and him [Battle] are close," Outlaw said. He's the one I talked about the whole thing, what he expects from me, what he wants as a Demon Deacon and he invites me to the games. He's the one connecting me to Coach B."

The Person swingman added that Wake Forest wants to see how he does on the SAT before offering him a scholarship.

"They just told me to stress the little things, screens, boxing out, rebounding, keeping my grades up and character," Outlaw said.

His game is a mix between Travis McKie and L.D. Williams, but he is more aggressive than both.

Person advanced to the third round of the state playoffs on its way to a 22-6 finish last season.

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