Virginia Tech forward Ty Outlaw will play Friday night against Duke in the Sweet 16 after being cited for marijuana possession last week, the team announced Thursday.
Hokies Coach Buzz Williams and Outlaw addressed the situation after the team practiced at the East regional site, Capital One Arena in Washington.
“Ty took a drug test by an outside agency yesterday before we left. And the test was negative,” Williams said. “So maybe sometimes what scrolls across TV may not actually be the whole story or what is published on Twitter in an ironically efficient pace, may not be the whole story. So Ty’s handled everything perfect. He’s been transparent not only with me but with all the authorities involved. And I think it will play itself out.”
Outlaw, a graduate guard-forward, established himself as the Hokies’ top perimeter threat, leading the team in three-point field goals (78) and three-point shooting percentage (. 456) during his final season in Blacksburg. He averages 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds for Virginia Tech, which was in San Jose for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament when Outlaw was charged in Blacksburg with possession of marijuana last Thursday.
“The disturbance that led to the search warrant and the execution of the search warrant was — I was in [California] while all of that happened,” Outlaw said. “I discussed it immediately with Coach Williams and done everything that’s been asked of me. I’m excited to be here with my teammates. I’m not really focused on anything else.”
Outlaw is scheduled for a court appearance April 11.
Outlaw registered seven points and seven rebounds for the Hokies in their first-round NCAA tournament win over Saint Louis, then followed with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes in a win over Liberty as Virginia Tech advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1967.
A well-traveled player who spent time at UNC Greensboro and a junior college in Texas before arriving at Virginia Tech, Outlaw was honored by the ACC this season with the Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award. He missed two full seasons with the Hokies, first after a heart condition was diagnosed and then because of a torn ACL.