Verbal Commit: Greg Outlaw

On Monday, Donyell Marshall secured his fourth commitment for the 2019 recruiting class.

Greg Outlaw, a 6’4” wing from Chicago, announced on his Twitter page that he was committing to Central Connecticut. This is not much of a surprise, especially after this tweet from Marshall last weekend.

While there’s not much video of him out there on the interwebs, Outlaw brings a ton of athleticism to the table and is known for playing hard and utilizing his jumping ability to finish at the rim. He had a successful season at Rezin Orr Academy High School, which won its third straight IHSA Class 2A title back in March. Outlaw, who started his prep career at Bogan High School, scored 10 points in the title game, while teammates Sherif Kenney (4-Star with multiple high major offers) and Tujautae Williams (high major and strong mid major offers) scored 19 and 10, respectively. Outlaw averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds per game during the regular season, and was solid defensively- including having a knack for taking charges.

Scott Burgess, Senior Contributor at Prep Hoops Illinois, described Outlaw as a “super athletic wing that has greatly improved skill level & jumper over last year” back in March, and that he would be a nice find for a team at the next level. Outlaw fits the profile of the type of wing Donyell Marshall likes; long and athletic.

So where does he fit with the current roster? With all the usual caveats applying here (I’ve never seen him play, etc.), I wonder if Outlaw is more of a long-term prospect than a guy who will be expected to make a major contribution on day 1. He was described in more than one place as a post player who needed to improve his jumper, and at 6’4” he probably needs to show an ability to both stretch the defense and defend on the perimeter in order to be a rotation player at the Division 1 level. Plus, despite having two legitimate mid-high major guys on his high school team (which means a bunch of coaches watching him play regularly), the CCSU offer was the only D1 offer he received during the 2018-19 school year (Illinois-Chicago offered in April of 2018).

With that said, there’s a very real possibility that Outlaw will come in and show an ability to make plays offensively (including knocking down shots from three) and defend on the perimeter, which means Marshall did, in fact, find a diamond in the rough here. He certainly has the type of athleticism that can’t be taught, and could provide versatility as a small-ball 4 or a strong rebounding wing. And there's a long list of guys who weren't highly recruited and ended up being stars at the mid-major level, like this guy.

With the lack of wings on the roster, Outlaw is certainly in position to contribute immediately, perhaps battling fellow-Chicago product Chris Williams, who scored 14 points in the final game of CCSU’s season, for minutes behind NEC All-Rookie teamer Ian Krishnan and incoming-freshman Trey Tennyson (who I expect to start based on nothing more than assumptions).

The Outlaw commitment means there are three scholarships now available. The Depth Chart looks something like this:

PG- Segwai (Soph.)

2/3- Krishnan (Soph.), Tennyson (Fr.), C. Williams (Sr.), Outlaw (Fr.)

4/5- Coleman (Sr.), Ayangma (Jr.), Wallace (Soph.), Wilson (Fr.), Kay (Sr.)

Point guard remains the biggest area of need for the 2019-20 Blue Devils, as does perimeter shooting.