Overtime Elite (OTE) — self-described as “the future of basketball” is turning teen hoopers into six-figure earners.
According to The Gazette, the three-team Atlanta-based league is paying its young basketball players $100,000 and over, along with leading them to become NBA stars in the near future.
The Way OTE Works
Players that are recruited to OTE attend an in-house school and earn Georgia-accredited diplomas, per the outlet. By not taking the NCAA route that includes potential NIL deals, they are also guaranteed salaries of at least $100,000. Additionally, if down the line the players want to pursue a college education, OTE would assist with their financial costs.
Among the decision-making factors, improving their basketball skills was significant for many of the teens. OTE provides access to “a state-of-the-art show court, two practice courts, weight rooms rivaling an NBA practice facility, and coaches with NBA and college experience.”
“We both wanted to go to college. But then we realized that we could get a lot better in this year than we would have gotten in high school,” Ausar Thompson said on making the bold move with his twin brother Amen Thompson.
Overtime's Impact For The Near Future
As a new force in sports, Overtime has secured investments from the likes of Jeff Bezos, Drake, and more, as previously reported by AfroTech. Within the company’s aim to be a disruptor, Overtime Elite is exemplary of how it’s innovatively working to specifically transform the game of basketball as we know it.
“When Amen and Ausar walk across that stage and shake hands with [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver next year, there’s going to be a lot of people who lean to their friends while they’re watching the draft and say, ‘Oh, that’s the Overtime Elite kid I was telling you about,’ ” said Joe Leavitt, Overtime’s Los Angeles-based head of brand partnerships. “That’s a really interesting dynamic of this idea of discovery, and that’s frankly how we’ve gotten where we are.”
What Overtime Elite Has To Offer, According To ESPN College Basketball Analyst Jay Bilas:
“In the G League and Overtime Elite, you’re more likely going to be working maybe even more on your game than you do in college and you’re going to be doing it with an NBA system. So there’s an argument to be made that you can develop as an athlete just as well if not better and those two options would argue it’s a better path to development.”