Three area players selected for East-West game
After opposing each other's will, Tyrone Outlaw Jr. and Anthony Vanhook will start learning to coexist, soon in college but after one more on-court high school exam.
Vanhook and Outlaw will share like jerseys on July 22 during the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro Coliseum.
Vanhook was a forward for Chapel Hill High School, while Outlaw lurked around the wing for Roxboro's Person High School. Those two will represent the East along with former Jordan High School center Jared Hendryx, bound for Queens University of Charlotte.
Outlaw and Vanhook are headed to UNC-Greensboro to play for Spartans coach Wes Miller, who was a guard for North Carolina coach Roy Williams.
Hendryx (6-8, 185) is extremely wiry, but he was strong enough to patrol the paint for Jordan, using those long arms of his to send shots in the other direction.
Vanhook (6-3, 208) was known as The Beast, a thick, somewhat burly guy, who, according to Cardinal Gibbons coach Marque Carrington, has this knack for getting to the rim and throwing up the most unorthodox shots that somehow draw iron or glass and fall through the net.
Outlaw's game, on the other hand, is silky, George “Iceman” Gervin smooth. There's very little flash with Outlaw (6-5, 198), who was content to catch and – if he needed to create a little space with his dribble, he would – shoot.
Vanhook isn't flashy, either. He's the quintessential lunch-pail guy who'd just put his head down and go to work.
Steady nerves is another intangible that Vanhook should bring to UNC-Greensboro after enduring absolutely jam-packed gyms in high school when his team would go against Oxford's Webb High School, which featured future Tar Heel Isaiah Hicks.
Hicks would be in Chapel Hill's raucous gym that got even louder when Williams showed up with Tar Heels like Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston or, in the prior season, Harrison Barnes and John Henson.
Vanhook would remain steely faced, head down, working.