Sep 10, 2012
Person County star Tyrone Outlaw has made his college commitment.
The senior small forward verbally committed to UNC-Greensboro this weekend.
"Wes Miller is doing great things there, and the program is going to take off," Outlaw said. "There's some great players coming in there."
Outlaw was also entertaining offers from Lehigh, Furman, George Washington, Ole Miss, St. Bonaventure and UNC-Wilmington. Other schools are still showing interest in Outlaw, but he said the time was right for him to end the recruiting process.
"Since I was happy with UNC-G, my coaches were, and my mom was, I just figured there was no need for me to waste time," he said. "I don't like wasting time, so as soon as I made that decision I wanted to go ahead and get it behind me."
When Outlaw told Miller that he wanted to commit, Miller was at a movie theater watching a movie with his wife.
"He said he was about to scream out into the theater," said Outlaw.
According to ESPN, Outlaw is the No. 14 player in the sate. He participated in Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge, a camp in Raleigh that features 80 of the top underclassmen in the state of North Carolina.
Last season, Outlaw, with his prolific scoring ability, helped the Person Rockets to a 22-6 overall record. The team won the regular season PAC 6 4-A title, but lost to Hillside in the conference tournament championship game.
Outlaw believes he can bring a lot to the UNC-Greensboro program, adding that he and Miller believe he can contribute immediately.
"Once I start working with the coaching staff, I think I can be a team leader, a great defensive player, contribute a lot of points, and win some games," said Outlaw.
The success from last season for Person is only a stepping stone, Outlaw believes.
"I definitely want to win [the PAC 6 title] again, and we went to the third round of the playoffs last year so I'd like to compete for a state championship this season," said Outlaw.
Outlaw will lead the Rockets into the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational this season, which runs from Dec. 26-29 at Broughton High School's Holliday Gymnasium.