2003 Spotlight: Travis Outlaw

He's one of the most athletic players in the Class of 2003. His name is Travis Outlaw and he's a native of Starkville, Miss., right there in the backyard of the Bulldogs.

2001 ABCD All-Star

A few years ago, Travis Outlaw made a little noise at the Boo Williams Invitational when he played for Memphis YOMCA. At that point, he was coming off his freshman season and was a beanpole shot blocker. Last summer, we learned he's a little more than that.

Outlaw is a gifted athlete who appears to have the needed skills to moonlight some as a small forward and can also play a little power forward. He leaps like he's shot out of a cannon and has no problem playing above the rim. His jumper from deep still needs consistency, but his game is taking shape.

Outlaw played last summer with Fastbreak USA, often times alongside Amare Stoudemire. He was named an all-star at the adidas ABCD Camp. "I think I did OK," Outlaw said. "I could have done better with rebounding and play better defense. My offense was OK."

Outlaw is a good enough prospect that Mississippi State, Memphis, LSU, Michigan, Louisville and Wisconsin dropped by to see him. Rick Stansbury, John Calipari and Rick Pitino each dropped by. Outlaw also likes Duke, North Carolina and Florida.

The 6-8 forward was born and bred in Starkville. Last year, he averaged 17 points and nearly 10 rebounds. There will be some pressure to stay home and play for the Bulldogs, but Outlaw says that won't affect him. "I say, whichever I feel most comfortable with, that's where I'll go."

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