Virginia Tech forward Ty Outlaw has reportedly undergone surgery after tearing his ACL
The Virginia Tech Hokies are expected to be one of the top teams in the ACC heading into Buzz Williams’ fourth year at the helm this fall, but will now have some work to do with their wing depth.
According to David Teel of The Daily Press, rising redshirt-senior Ty Outlaw has torn his right ACL in a game of pickup basketball. Teel’s report states that surgery for the injury took place on July 11th, and Outlaw has already begun rehab. He will be out for the 2017-18 season.
This is not the first time that Outlaw has endured health issues since arriving at Virginia Tech. After transferring into the program from a junior college in 2015, Outlaw was sidelined with a heart issue that held him out the entirety of the 2015-16 campaign.
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Since Outlaw has already used his redshirt, he will need to petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. If the NCAA does not grant Outlaw a sixth year of eligibility, his college career is over.
Outlaw averaged a mere 6.3 points per game last season, but his numbers jumped to 13.9 points per game, including a 64% mark from beyond-the-arc when Chris Clarke was sidelined by a knee injury of his own in February. That eight game stretch at the end of the season for Outlaw showed how pivotal he could be with added minutes, as he jumped from 12.7 minutes per game over the first 25 games of the season to 33.5 minutes per game over the final eight, according to Teel.
Outlaw was poised to come off the bench this season, but was expected to be a pivotal part of the scoring of the second unit, especially from three. The Hokies will now look for offensive consistency from Ahmed Hill, Justin Bibbs, and Chris Clarke to pace the team this winter.