James Outlaw, inducted 2017
|James Outlaw was Ballard Hudson High School’s last great basketball player prior to the merger of that school with Willingham to form Southwest as part of integration. The 6-foot-0 guard was a Parade Magazine All-American his senior season, averaging 34 points per game. He led the Maroon Tigers to a berth in the GHSA state tournament where they lost 75-64 in the semifinals to eventual champion Decatur. Ballard Hudson finished fourth in the state after losing 75-70 to Carver-Columbus in the consolation game. During his senior season, Outlaw scored a career-high 53 points against Willingham. He also averaged more than 30 points per game his junior season. After he completed his prep career, Outlaw joined his high school coach, Warren Reynolds, at North Carolina A&T. Reynolds was named head coach at A&T after the 1970 high school season. At A&T, Outlaw was a two-time all-conference selection. He averaged 16.6 points per game as a junior and 24.9 as a senior, which was the seventh best in the country in Division I basketball. He scored 448 points as a junior when the Aggies finished 16-11 and 647 as a senior when they ended the year at 16-10. He was drafted by a team in Munich, Germany, but the league it was a member of never got going, and Outlaw’s playing career ended. He did, however, remain associated with basketball for a brief period of time scouting and recruiting for A&T.|
Ron Wallace was a top notch athlete at Willingham High School in the mid 1960's, playing football and basketball and also competing on the Rams Truck team. He lettered three years in each of the those sports and was captain of the football team as a senior when he was named winner of the Brad Henderson Memorial Award as Wililngham's Most Outstanding Athlete.
He signed a football scholarship to attend Florida State University and was a three year starter at Defensive end for the Seminoles. In his first varsity game, against Maryland, he earned the Savage Award for the best defensive Player of the game. He would take that award several more times over the span of his career. He made the All Florida team three straight years as a defensive end and was joined as a sophomore by Miami's Ted Hendricks, Tony Cline of Miami as a junior and Jack Youngblood of Florida as a senior.
He is still in the FSU record book setting the standard for most fumble recoveries for a game (3), most fumble recoveries for a season (6) and most fumble recoveries for a career (8). He also holds the mark for most sacks in a game with 5 against South Carolina. He played in the Blue Gray post season all star game following his senior season.(more)
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