Virginia Tech will have guard Ty Outlaw available for Friday night’s Sweet 16 matchup against Duke.
Outlaw, a senior who is the team’s top 3-point shooter, is facing a possession of marijuana charge after police said they found marijuana in his Blacksburg, Virginia, apartment while the Hokies were in California for the first rounds of the NCAA tournament.
In a statement released Thursday, Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams said Outlaw was administered and passed a drug test. That played a part in the athletic department’s decision to allow him to play against the top-seeded Blue Devils.
“I appreciate that there are questions relative to Ty Outlaw and his status. Ty has given me permission to share this information. The disturbance that led to the search warrant occurred while Ty and our team were in California last week. While Ty and our team were still in California, the authorities executed the search. Upon our return to Blacksburg on Monday evening, Ty became aware of the situation and was fully cooperative and transparent with local authorities and me.
“After gathering more information, we decided that an outside agency should perform a drug test on Ty prior to us departing campus on Wednesday and that test came back negative. After discussion with our Director of Athletics Whit Babcock and our athletics administration in accordance with our policies and procedures, we are following our departmental protocol involving misdemeanors.
“With that information in mind we intend to play Ty on Friday evening. We will continue to let the process play out and that’s all I can say at this time. If information changes we will respond appropriately according to our policies.”
Outlaw’s apartment was searched March 21, a day before the Hokies knocked off St. Louis in the tournament’s opening round in San Jose. The team arrived in California on March 20. Police seized “one white pill, two yellow capsules, an electronic vape cartridge and green plant material from the apartment,” per the Roanoke Times.
A summons was issued to Outlaw when the team returned to Virginia following a second-round win over Liberty.
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March Madness 2019: Photos from the second round
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Houston players celebrate after their second round men's college basketball game against Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Tulsa, Okla. Houston won 74-59. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Oregon forward Louis King celebrates after scoring against UC Irvine during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 24, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Oregon guard Payton Pritchard, middle, drives to the basket between UC Irvine guard Spencer Rivers, left, and forward Elston Jones during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 24, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) shoots past Buffalo's Nick Perkins (33) during the second half of a second round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Tulsa, Okla. Texas Tech won 78-58. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Gonzaga's Josh Perkins (13) reaches for Corey Kispert (24) after Kispert's 3-pointer against Baylor during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Purdue's Carsen Edwards, left, and Villanova's Phil Booth dive for a loose ball during the first half of a second round men's college basketball game in the NCAA tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
LSU players celebrate after defeating Maryland 69-67 in a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 24: Tommy Rutherford #42 of the UC Irvine Anteaters competes for the ball with Francis Okoro #33 of the Oregon Ducks in the second half during the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at SAP Center on March 24, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
TULSA, OKLAHOMA - MARCH 24: Brison Gresham #55 of the Houston Cougars grabs a rebound against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half of the second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 24, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 24: Wabissa Bede #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts with teammates on the bench in the second half against the Liberty Flames during the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at SAP Center on March 24, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 24: Aubrey Dawkins #15 of the UCF Knights looks to tip-in the ball against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half in the second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 24, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Outlaw, a sixth-year senior who missed two seasons due to injuries, is averaging 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting 45.6 percent from 3-point distance. Outlaw had seven points and seven rebounds in the first round and added 10 points and 11 rebounds, his first career double-double, in the victory over Liberty.
In one of the best matchups of the Sweet 16, the Hokies, the No. 4 seed in the East region, will tip off against top-seeded Duke at 9:39 p.m. ET Friday night in Washington D.C.