PLAYERS & TEAM EARNINGS

Overtime Elite Schedule Features Mikey Williams’ Vertical Academy

The debut season for the innovative prep-to-pro organization includes some of the biggest names in high school basketball.

Overtime Elite announced its first-ever opening weekend schedule Tuesday, with six games being played over two days at OTE’s brand new Atlanta facility.

OTE’s 24-player roster will be divided into three squads of eight, and will be playing two games apiece on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30 against Fort Lauderdale’s Calvary Christian, Orlando’s Dr. Phillips, and the Charlotte-area Vertical Academy.

Vertical Academy, of course, is the home of hyped prep phenom Mikey Williams, the 11th-ranked player in ESPN’s class of 2023 rankings and a social media sensation with 3.3 million Instagram followers. Dr. Phillips is led by center Ernest Udeh, ESPN’s 38th-ranked player in the class of 2022. Calvary boasts guard Marvel Allen, ESPN’s 14th ranked player in the class of 2023, and center Taylor Hendricks, ESPN’s 54th-ranked player in the class of 2022.

Fans will be able to attend OTE’s long-awaited debut, with tickets live on sale at Overtime’s website starting at $7 for a single session and $12 for the weekend.

For those who may not know Overtime Elite is the first-of-its-kind initiative meant to provide 16- to 18-year-old boys a new path to pro basketball. The year-round OTE program will provide mentorship and educational resources of the on- and off-court varieties, all while paying them salaries of at least $100,000 per year.

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The OTE roster slowly materialized over the course of the summer, with top high school players and NBA Draft prospects from all over the country and internationally filling out the 24-player roster. Now we know who they’ll be playing their first games yet, with the three groups of eight yet to be announced.