A matchup with Bronny James headlines the 90-recreation 2022-23 program Overtime Elite unveiled in progress of its 2nd basketball period in existence, the league announced Monday.
OTE has expanded its 3-workforce league to 6 this year, incorporating prep educational institutions Hillcrest Academy from Phoenix, Word of God Academy from Raleigh, North Carolina, and Our Savior Lutheran from New York City, which will contain home and away game titles at individuals school’s destinations.
Numerous eyeballs will be on OTE Arena opening night in Atlanta for the preseason tournament Oct. 20 and 21, which will include things like video games towards various properly-regarded teams.
California Basketball Club will characteristic Bronny and Bryce James, sons of LeBron James. When the Explorers boast ESPN’s No. 1 participant in the 2025 recruiting course, Cam Boozer, the son of previous NBA All-Star Carlos Boozer. Cam Boozer is viewed as by some as the finest prospect in substantial faculty basketball, even though his twin brother, Cayden Boozer, is also really regarded and will be actively playing as effectively. Also expected to perform is Hoop Country, which functions Duke-commit and five-star recruit Jared McCain, and UCLA-commit Devin Williams, the No. 41 prospect in the class of 2023.
OTE at this time has 30 players under its umbrella, which includes Amen and Ausar Thompson, projected top rated-5 picks in the 2023 NBA draft, who will enjoy collectively this season on the Town Reapers squad.
A shift in method, giving OTE gamers the choice of forgoing a salary while nonetheless remaining eligible for title, image and likeness (NIL) alternatives, has permitted the application to solid a wider internet in recruiting superior university players who want to retain their NCAA eligibility.
OTE extra the Nos. 3 and 6 prospects in the ESPN 2024 recruiting rankings in Naasir Cunningham and Jayden Williams, as perfectly as the No. 5 recruit in 2025, Bryson Tiller. Four-star potential clients Kanaan Carlyle, Z.Z. Clark, Tremayne Parker, Jahki Howard and Somto Cyril are also new additions.
OTE returns two of the top rated European prospective customers in Spanish major guy Izan Almansa, who won MVP honors at the FIBA U17 World Cup and U18 European Championship, and French massive man Alex Sarr, a possible very first-spherical choose. Previous five-star recruits Jalen Lewis, Tyler Smith and Bryson Warren return for a next period as effectively, along with final year’s head coaches, Ryan Gomes, Dave Leitao and Tim Fanning, who will direct the Chilly Hearts, Town Reapers and YNG Dreamerz squads, respectively.
After an inaugural year in which the plan was not able to program marquee opponents outside of OTE league video games, matchups with leading-shelf recruits such as Elliot Cadeau (No. 11 recruit in 2024), Isaiah Elohim (No. 14 in 2024) Jason Asemota (No. 22 in 2024), Freddie Dilione (No. 27 in 2023), Aidan Sherrell (No. 35 in 2024) and other folks should aid respond to queries regarding the amount of competitiveness the gamers confronted previous 12 months. Sixty-a person of the 90 video games will be played at their house arena in Atlanta, when the remainder will be distribute out throughout Phoenix, Raleigh, New York City and Roselle, New Jersey. All video games will be broadcasted on YouTube.
OTE will also carry out a Pro Working day for NBA teams Oct. 25th in Atlanta.