Person's Outlaw shines at East-West All-Star Game

Jul. 22, 2013 @ 11:18 PM

Tyrone Outlaw Jr., the silky wing from Roxboro's Person High School, came off the bench toward the end of the first quarter and made a step-back 3-pointer look real easy on Monday in the boys' basketball matchup of  the 2013 N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Games.

He also looked smooth holding up that trophy recognizing him as the most outstanding player of the game, scoring 16 points, pulling down seven rebounds and handing out five assists in a 107-84 East win in Greensboro Coliseum.

“Home court,” Outlaw said. “Had to start off right.”

Outlaw (6-5, 198) was talking about suiting up later this year for his freshman season at UNC-Greensboro, which plays in the coliseum.

Back in 1995, Outlaw's father, Tyrone, was the East team's most outstanding player, but the West won 79-75.

The East-West games include girls' basketball, boys' and girls' soccer and football, all contested this week at various locations in Guilford County.

Former Chapel Hill High School forward Anthony Vanhook put in some more of those unorthodox shots that befuddled teams in the Carolina Conference. He had 16 points to go with seven rebounds and said there is a college team out there that can use a guy like him with a knack for finishing around the rim.

Vanhook (6-3, 208) said his college basketball options are open, but he's considering joining Outlaw at UNC-G as a walk-on.

Former Jordan High School center Jared Hendryx (6-8, 185) was a factor down low with those long arms of his, just like he was in the PAC-6. He blocked four shots, snatched eight rebounds and scored seven points. Hendryx will play on the next level at Queens University of Charlotte.

Devonté Graham (20 points), from Raleigh's Broughton High School, was the most electric player on the floor, breaking free, throwing the ball off the backboard and going higher than he anticipated to  catch it and slam it.

Then he saluted the crowd, rubbing it in a little bit.

In the East-West girls' game, former Hillside point guard Mylea McKenith also came off the bench, certainly unusual for an impact player like her in any other context but an all-star game. She had quite a bit to say, though, about how things ended in the East's 67-60 win.

“Because it's how you finish,” McKenith said. “I like to come off the bench, actually. I feel like I can get a feel of the other team, see who does what.”

None of the area players on the East team were starters, including former Hillside forward Jordyn Smith and former Carrboro point guard Diamond Tyson. East coach Grady Williams, from Weldon High School (Weldon), put all of them in the game with 5:16 left in the first quarter. The East had a 6-4 lead when McKenith assumed the controls.

“Basic! Basic! Basic!” McKenith instructed her teammates.

McKenith began to assert herself and became a problem for the opposing team,  prompting West coach Amber Fox, from Freedom High School (Morganton), to tell one of her players to make sure that somebody was accounting for McKenith.  

On the East's very next possession, McKenith went to the other end of the floor, put on moves and stuck a dagger from just inside the 3-point line.

The next time the East brought the ball up the floor, McKenith was hiding out behind the arc on the base line. Tyson found her. McKenith pulled up and put it in, finishing the game with 12 points.

Smith (5-10), who was big on the boards with eight rebounds to go with six points, said she will put in the work at Towson University to get to where she can do on the basketball floor what she did at Hillside.

McKenith (5-7) is going to Lander College in Greenwood, S.C.

Tyson (5-5), headed to Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, finished the game with two points, three assists and four rebounds.

NOTES: Former North Carolina wide receiver Octavus Barnes, who in 1993 graduated from Hunt High School in Wilson, was honored as an East-West alumnus. He played for the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League.