Jonathan Wasserman: 29 teams at Overtime’s pro day today (no Portland). NBA clearly taking OTE serious, as they should, definitely future pros, some lottery talent in the program with Montero, Thompsons, Bewleys
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Overtime Elite struck again Thursday, this time signing star point guard Bryson Warren. Warren is a 6-foot-2 point guard hailing from Arkansas. He was the 2021 Arkansas Player of the Year at Little Rock Central thanks to averages of 24.1 points, 3.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals while shooting 57.5% from the field and 43.6% from 3-point range. He had recently transferred to Link Year Prep in Missouri before joining Overtime Elite.
Tyler Smith joined the growing number of elite prep players to sign with Overtime Elite. "This is different and new," he said to ESPN's Jonathan Givony. "I wanted to be a pro already, working on stuff that NBA players work on. In high school you can't work out as much as they do at OTE."
"My goal wasn't to play college," Smith said. "It's to play in the NBA. This will get me there faster and make me more ready once I'm there. I've been talking to them for three months already. They've been telling me they have NBA facilities, trainers, and nutritionists from NBA teams." Fifteen players have already signed with OTE. Jalen Lewis, Ausar Thompson, Amen Thompson and Jazian Gortman are among the headliners.
Adrian Wojnarowski: OTE’s recruiting of top young prospects has been strong: seven 5-star prep players, four top international players and a potential 2022 lottery pick. The NBA will be spending time scouting and evaluating there.
High school junior Jalen Lewis — a five-star basketball recruit — is signing a contract with the new Overtime Elite professional league, sources tell The Athletic. His multiyear deal is worth more than $1 million, sources said. Lewis, 16 and born in 2005, is the youngest prospect ever to turn pro in America. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound center from Oakland, Calif., (Bishop O'Dowd High) is 12th in the Class of 2023 in the 247Sports Composite Rating. Kentucky, Duke and UCLA were among the schools recruiting Lewis, sources said.
Overtime Elite has continued to attract top talent, signing a pair of highly ranked twin brothers: Matt and Ryan Bewley and Auser and Amen Thompson. This gives OTE three top prospects for the 2023 high school class. OTE has also signed top international prospects, including Jean Montero, Alexandre Sarr and Nathan Missia-Dio. Overtime Elite is planning to start in September with former Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie serving as head coach.
On Friday, Overtime Elite announced that it has signed 17-year-old Jean Montero, the first international prospect to join its inaugural class of players set to debut in September. Montero, who is from the Dominican Republic, has played the past two seasons with Gran Canaria of the Liga ACB, the top professional league in Spain. He averaged 18.4 points and 4.6 assists per game during his two seasons with Gran Canaria.
Montero is the fifth prospect to sign with OTE, joining a pair of twin brothers in Amen and Ausar Thompson and Matt and Ryan Bewley. Montero is also the first professional player to sign with the new startup league, which will be based in Atlanta, Georgia. Led by head coach Kevin Ollie, OTE provides a comprehensive accelerator for elite players’ professional careers.
Shams Charania: Florida twins Amen and Ausar Thompson – rising high school seniors and five-star prospects – are bypassing HS/college and signing two-year contracts with the new Overtime Elite professional league, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
A pair of top recruits in the class of 2023 plan to forego college and join the Overtime Elite professional league, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Matt and Ryan Bewley will sign two-year deals worth over $1 million with the Overtime league, per Wojnarowski. They are the first first prep underclassmen to sign contracts with the league. Matt Bewley is the No. 3 recruit in the class of 2023, per the 247Sports composite rankings. Ryan Bewley is No. 20.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Two Florida brothers ranked in the top 15 high school juniors in the country – Matt and Ryan Bewley – are signing two-year deals with the Overtime Elite professional league, sources tell ESPN, marking first prep underclassmen to sign contracts with an American basketball league.
Transformative new sports league OTE (Overtime Elite) announced today that it has selected Atlanta as its home. OTE selected the city of Atlanta after a year-long search, during which league officials visited and studied eight cities across the United States. OTE, which offers the world’s most talented young basketball players a better pathway to becoming professional athletes, begins playing in Atlanta this September. “If we could construct a city that would be the perfect home for Overtime Elite, it would look just like Atlanta,” said Overtime Elite Commissioner and President Aaron Ryan. “The city’s storied basketball history, diverse population, vibrant business community and rich culture make Atlanta a special place. OTE is looking forward to being an active contributor to the community.”
Former UConn Huskies coach and 13-year NBA veteran Kevin Ollie has been hired as head coach and director of player development for the Overtime Elite, a new professional basketball league for top prospects between 16 and 18 years old, sources told ESPN. A formal announcement is expected on Monday morning.
Overtime Elite, which will feature up to 30 players ages 16 to 18 who will be paid a minimum salary of $100,000 along with bonuses and equity, is slated to begin in September 2021. If an Overtime Elite player doesn’t ultimately pursue a pro career, the league will pay them up to $100,000 towards college tuition. Overtime, which includes Durant, Carmelo Anthony and late NBA Commissioner David Stern among its investors, was founded in 2016. Ollie, who is still in arbitration with UConn over the $10 million he was still owed on his contract and isn’t permitted to discuss his exit from the program as a result, wrote an Op-Ed for The Athletic about his return to the basketball world.
OTE is designed to offer the world’s top prospects the development, education and economic empowerment to address these issues head-on. On the court, OTE players will compete against the top prospects from around the world. They will have access to pro-grade training and coaching to level-up their game, and to world-class facilities, nutritionists and sports scientists who can hone their bodies. Players will also earn six-figure salaries and have the opportunity to be compensated for their name, image and likeness. They will earn a high school diploma and receive professional training in financial literacy, social media, media training and the business of basketball. I had to learn all of this on my own when I entered the NBA.
November 29, 2021 | 4:29 am EST Update
As Wes Unseld Jr. typically does after victories, he checked in with each player in the locker room. Often Unseld merely bumps fists with a player at that player’s locker, pats him on the back or says something along the lines of “good job.” But after the Wizards beat the Dallas Mavericks 120-114, with Bradley Beal playing a decisive role, Unseld had a specific message for his star.
Unseld wanted Beal to know Beal outdid himself this time — putting the team first by consistently making the “right” basketball play instead of trying to win the game all on his own. The scene illustrated the difficult adjustment Beal is trying to make, and it also showed how much Unseld appreciates his star’s efforts to make that adjustment.
“It’s a total mental transition from last year,” Beal said. “My mentality, obviously, was I had to score in order for us to be in games last year. For us to be in a game, not win a game. But to actually be competitive in a game, I had to score a lot of points. It’s not like that this year, and I have to take that mindset back at times.”
With reports that Jokic’s brothers are going to the Monday match after buying tickets, Heat veteran Udonis Haslem recently issued a stern warning to them. “I have nothing to do with that, man,” Haslem said to the Miami Herald. “We’re going to play a basketball game. “That’s over with. I don’t have nothing to do with that. I keep hearing about the Jokic brothers buying tickets to come to the game. They better stay in line and don’t come down there and start trouble. Miami is my city. It’s my city.”
Haslem has already expressed his respect for Jokic and a desire to move on from the issue. He reiterated that the Heat will go to play basketball, and that Jokic’s siblings should just enjoy the game and go home afterwards if they do intend to attend. “What the hell you buying tickets for?” Haslem continued. “To come do what? That’s my city. Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing. Come enjoy the game and take your [butts] home. Ain’t nobody messing with your brother. We come to play basketball.”
Curry also seemed fired up to show he can excel on defense, too. After fielding criticism about his defense for most of his 13-year NBA career, Curry impressed the Warriors so much with his six steals, eight deflections and overall hustle that they acknowledged viewing him more as a defensive asset than a liability. “He’s one of the best defenders we have on our team now,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green, who is an early candidate to collect his second Defensive Player of the Year honor this season. “It’s beautiful to watch. When he’s giving the type of effort that he gives on that side of the floor, everyone else has to follow. It makes our defense that much better.”