The career of Virginia Tech forward Ty Outlaw is not finished after all. The NCAA awarded Outlaw a sixth-year of eligibility Monday, which means Outlaw will be back for the Hokies in 2018-19 according to Mark Berman of The Roanoke Times.
#Hokies announce that Ty Outlaw has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA
— Mark Berman (@BermanRoanoke) April 9, 2018
Outlaw missed all of the 2017-18 season because of an ACL tear in his right knee.
He began his college career at UNC Greensboro and also played at Lee College before arriving in Blacksburg in 2015. Outlaw sat out the 2015-16 season because of a heart condition, but in 2016-17, he started 14 games and averaged 6.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
Because he had already sat out a season, Outlaw needed to send a petition to the NCAA in order to receive a sixth year of eligibility. He won the case.
In addition to his game averages, Outlaw shot 48.7 percent from the 3-point line in the 2016-17 season. Had he qualified, that percentage would have been the highest from the 3-point line in the ACC that season.
During a game against Miami in February 2017, Outlaw went 8-for-10 from beyond the arc on his way to 24 points. In the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, he made 4 3-pointers and scored 16 points.
With Outlaw back in the mix, Virginia Tech has a chance to be even better from the 3-point line in 2018-19. Last season, the Hokies finished second in the ACC with a 38.8 shooting percent beyond the arc.