LEFT TO RIGHT: Overtime Elite’s Matt Bewley, head coach Kevin Ollie, and Ryan Bewley
PLAYERS & TEAM EARNINGS

Who’s Playing for Overtime Elite?

Tracking each baller headed to OTE, the innovative program providing an alternative path to professional basketball.

In March, we witnessed the creation of Overtime Elite, a first-of-its-kind initiative meant to provide 16- to 18-year-old boys a new path to pro basketball.

This isn’t a prep school. It’s not the AAU. Rather, the year-round OTE program will provide mentorship and educational resources of the on- and off-court varieties, all while paying them salaries of no less than $100,000 per year.

Since that big announcement, OTE hired NCAA national champion Kevin Ollie as its first-ever head coach and player development director, raised $80 million in Series C funding, and announced midtown Atlanta as its future base of operations, and most importantly, began to sign players to its inaugural roster

Let’s meet the 12 players, starting with the most recent, who have joined as of July 20, 2021.

Every Player Signed by Overtime Elite

Tudor Somacescu

Position: Point guard
Height: 6-foot-2
Place of origin: Romania
Previous team: Sierra Canyon School (California)
High school class: 2024
Date signed: 20 July 2021

A ball-handler who already has legit professional playing experience, Romanian-born Tudor Somacescu arrives at OTE after spending last season at Chatsworth, California’s Sierra Canyon School, perhaps best known as the program that currently boasts LeBron “Bronny” James Jr.

He played first-tier ball in his home country with U-BT Cluj Napoca, and when he was just 14, he logged time with the U16 Romanian national team at the 2019 FIBA U16 European Championship Division B.

“Tudor has an advanced basketball IQ, a terrific feel for the game and the ability to share the ball with his teammates, getting everyone involved. They will love playing with him. I look forward to sharing my knowledge as a former point guard to help him develop as a team leader on and off the court.”

OTE head coach and director of player development Kevin Ollie
Francis Lopez

Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Place of origin: Philippines
Previous team: Ateneo de Manila High School (Quezon City, Philippines)
High school class: 2022
Date signed: 13 July 2021

Nicknamed “Lebron” for his above-the-rim athleticism, 17-year-old Francis Lopez joins Overtime Elite having most recently played for Ateneo de Manila High School in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.

At the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers earlier this summer, Lopez was the youngest member of the Philippines national team. Additionally, he’s the first OTE player signed from the Asia-Pacific region, further solidifying the program’s international identity.

Jalen Lewis

Position: Power forward/center
Height: 6-foot-10
Home town: Oakland, California
Previous team: Bishop O’Dowd (California)
High school class: 2023
Date signed: 10 July 2021

A 5-star recruit out of the Bay Area, Jalen Lewis is coming off a sophomore season at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School that saw him average over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. A veteran of USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team minicamp earlier this year, he’s in the running to play for the Stars and Stripes in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in August.

247Sports’ No. 1 prospect in California for the class of 2023, Lewis opts for OTE over offers from college programs like Kentucky, Kansas, USC, Stanford, and UCLA.

“I’d describe Jalen as an absolute difference-maker, a rare talent with a combination of size, athleticism, good hands, and ball skills that impact plays on both ends of the court. There are no limitations to what he’ll be able to do in his career and through Overtime Elite, he’ll have the resources in place to help him reach his dreams.”

Kevin Ollie
Nathan Missia-Dio

Position: Power forward
Height: 6-foot-6
Place of origin: Belgium
Previous team: Limoges CSP (France)
High school class: N/A
Date signed: 2 July 2021

16-year-old Belgian international Nathan Missia-Dio became the second European player signed to OTE in as many days when he signed on the dotted line to play for Kevin Ollie. A superior athlete, he has the ability to play above the rim on both ends of the floor.

He brings special experience to Overtime Elite given that he’s already played professionally in France’s top-tier LNB Espoirs for 11-time league champions Limoges CSP. Eurospects.com ranks him as the No. 13 overall player born in 2004.

Alexandre Sarr

Position: Power forward
Height : 6-foot-10
Home town: Bordeaux, France
Previous team: Real Madrid (Spain)
High school class: N/A
Date signed: 1 July 2021

The No. 9 overall international prospect born in 2005 via Eurospects.com, Alexandre Sarr is the first European player to sign to OTE. The brother of former Wake Forest and Kentucky player Olivier Sarr and son of Senegalese pro Massar Sarr, Alexandre played for several French clubs at the youth level before moving to Real Madrid — the Spanish club that produced Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic.

Alexandre is a skilled and versatile athlete, a natural shot blocker, and a rebounder on both ends of the floor. We look forward to experiencing rapid development every day once we can work with Alexandre in the gym.

Kevin Ollie
Jai Smith

Position: Power forward
Height : 6-foot-8
Home town: Syracuse, New York
Previous team: Word of God Christian Academy (North Carolina)
High school class: 2022
Date signed: 21 June 2021

Jai Smith, a three-star prospect and one of the nation’s 30 best power forwards as evaluated by 247Sports, is the latest player to sign with Overtime Elite.

The Tar Heel State native opted for OTE over scholarship offers from schools like Oklahoma State, Marquette, Florida, Georgetown, Auburn, Texas, and 2021 national champions Baylor.

Emmanuel Maldonado

Position: Point guard
Height : 6-foot-3
Place of origin: Puerto Rico
Previous team: Dynasty Academy (Florida)
High school class: 2021
Date signed: 10 June 2021

Emmanuel Maldonado, an experienced youth international player with Puerto Rico as high as the U19 level, has already grown an Instagram following of over 175,000 thanks to his popular training videos, in-game highlights, and undeniable charisma.

Now, the 6-foot-3 point guard is taking his game to OTE to level up and do it even bigger.

“Emmanuel is one of Puerto Rico’s most promising prospects with his speed and ability to score anywhere on the court. We’re excited about incorporating his development at OTE into our national program, not only as we compete for a U19 world championship, but also as a future leader for our adult national team.”

Puerto Rico U19 HeadCoach Jorge A. Rincon
Jean Montero

Position: Point guard
Height : 6-foot-2
Home town: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Previous team: CB Gran Canaria (Spain)
High school class: N/A
Date signed: 4 June 2021

OTE ‘s first international and professional signing, 17-year-old Dominican point guard Jean Montero is expected to be a first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

He came off the bench in four games during Gran Canaria’s run to the 2021 EuroCup semifinal, and averaged 30.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in 2019 for the Dominican Republic at the FIBA U16 Americas Championship.

“Jean has the basketball IQ and confidence that jumps out at you. Jean is a competitor that makes his teammates better and is always looking for an edge to take his game to the next level. We are ecstatic to have him join the OTE family.”

Kevin Ollie
Amen Thompson

Position: Point guard/shooting guard
Height : 6-foot-6
Home town: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Previous team: Pine Crest School (Florida)
High school class: 2022
Date signed: 25 May 2021

Four-star Floridian Amen Thompson is the No. 35 overall prospect in the class of 2022 according to the 247Sports Composite, and the nation’s No. 8 combo guard. Possessing terrific size for his position, he’s regarded as a standout rebounding guard in addition to his skills as a shot-creator.

Ausar Thompson

Position: Shooting guard
Height : 6-foot-6
Home town: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Previous team: Pine Crest School (Florida)
High school class: 2022
Date signed: 25 May 2021

Amen’s brother and teammate, Ausar, is likewise a four-star prospect backed for big things. Known for his inside-outside versatility on both ends of the floor, 24Sports Composite considers him the nation’s No. 4 shooting guard for 2022, and the No. 9 overall prospect from the State of Florida.

“Amen and Ausar are the types of players that every coach wants, not only in terms of their ability on the court, but because of their commitment to get better. The Thompsons understand what it takes to reach their potential as whole people, and we’re going to provide them the tools they need to fall in love with the process of being a pro every day for a lifetime.”

Kevin Ollie
Matt Bewley

Position: Power forward
Height : 6-foot-9
Home town: Orlando, Florida
Previous team: West Oaks Academy (Florida)
High school class: 2023
Date signed: 21 May 2021

One of the first two players ever to sign with Overtime Elite is also one of finest in the class of 2023. Orlando’s Matt Bewley is the No. 2 player in the country according to 247Sports and the No. 1 prospect in Florida. The super-athletic forward turned down offers from schools like Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Florida State to sign with OTE.

Ryan Bewley

Position: Power forward
Height: 6-foot-9
Home town: Orlando, Florida
Previous team: West Oaks Academy (Florida)
High school class: 2023
Date signed: 21 May 2021

Matt’s brother, Ryan, is likewise a five-star phenom, with 247Sports ranking him as the nation’s No. 16 player in the class of 2022 and No. 3 among power forwards.

These remarkable young men have the vision, character, and strength to make history as the first high school juniors to enter basketball’s professional ranks. I’m looking forward to working with them to not only develop their basketball skills, but holistically so that they can reach their full potential as whole people.”

Kevin Ollie

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