After making the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance in a decade this spring, things are looking up for the Virginia Tech Hokies under head coach Buzz Williams. However, if the team is to make a return trip to the Big Dance they’ll have to do so without one of their best perimeter shooters. On Monday it was reported by David Teel of the Daily Press that redshirt senior guard/forward Ty Outlaw will miss the 2017-18 season after suffering a torn ACL in a pickup game earlier this month.
Outlaw will have the opportunity to petition the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility, as he missed the entire 2015-16 season due to a heart ailment. Last season the 6-foot-6 wing who transferred to Virginia Tech from Lee College led the team in three-point percentage (48.7) and was third on the team in made three-pointers with 57.
Ty Outlaw’s best performance in his first season as a Hokie was in the team’s 66-61 win over Miami on February 27, as he shot 8-for-10 from three-point range and scored 24 points. Outlaw, who was on the periphery of the Virginia Tech rotation for much of the first half of the season, saw an increase in minutes when forward Chris Clarke was lost for the season with a torn ACL in mid February.
Clarke will be back on the court next season, as will the Hokies’ leaders in made three-pointers in Justin Bibbs (67 made threes) and Ahmed Hill (59). Those returns will help Virginia Tech account for the loss of Outlaw, as will the additions of talented 6-foot-5 freshman guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker.