OTE has added three players and split up its 27 athletes into three teams led respectively by Ryan Gomes, Tim Fanning, and Dave Leitao.
Overtime Elite announced their full rosters and schedule on Wednesday, adding three players to bring their full inaugural class to 27 and splitting the group into three teams of nine.
OTE’s newest players are:
- Davion Mace, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Cincinnati who played for Woodward High School
- Johned Walker, a 5-foot-10 Puerto Rican point guard from Central Point Christian Academy in Miami
- Lewis Duarte, a 6-foot-5 Dominican point guard from Charlotte’s Victory Christian Center School who’s the cousin of Indiana Pacers rookie Chris Duarte.
The three teams will be coached by former NBA forward Ryan Gomes, former Maccabi Tel Aviv assistant Tim Fanning, and former DePaul, Virginia, and G League head coach Dave Leitao. Kevin Ollie will oversee all three teams’ development as the head coach and player development director for OTE.
Overtime Elite’s Three Team Rosters
- Ryan Gomes’ team: Dominick Barlow, Malik Bowman, Lewis Duarte, Jazian Gortman, Nathan Missia-Dio, Jean Montero, Alexandre Sarr, Jai Smith and Tudor Somacescu.
- Tim Fanning’s team: Izan Almansa, Matt Bewley, TJ Clark, De’Vontes Cobb, Francis “Lebron” Lopez, Tyler Smith, Amen Thompson, Johned Walker and Kok Yat.
- Dave Leitao’s team: Ryan Bewley, Bryce Griggs, Jazhare Jackson, Jalen Lewis, Davion Mace, Emmanuel Maldonado, Jaylen Martin, Ausar Thompson and Bryson Warren.
These three teams are solidified for the season, but could be adjusted to help competitive balance and help the development of the 27 players on the roster.
“I’m filled with gratitude for the athletes and their families that believed in our mission and entrusted us at a critical time in their development,” OTE commissioner Aaron Ryan said in a statement.” Our OTE staff has come from around the globe to change the basketball landscape and positively impact the lives of these young men.”
2021-22 Overtime Elite Season Schedule & Format
OTE will play in 37 competitive events during the season, beginning with its opening weekend at its new 103,000 square foot facility in Atlanta on Oct. 29, and running through March 25. These events will come in different formats:
- Prep Challenges will see three outside teams, like Mikey Williams’ Vertical Academy, will play the three OTE teams over two days in 40-minute games.
- OTE League Series games will consist of three intra-team 20-minute games, with all three squads playing a pair of games for 40 minutes of basketball.
- Pro-Sim games will see the OTE teams split into two squads and play NBA-style games. These games won’t count in the OTE standings.
- “Takeovers” will consist of marquee individual showcases like dunk contests, 3-point shootouts, and individual showcases that will count in the league standings.
- Click here to see OTE’s full inaugural-season schedule.
Standings among the three OTE teams will be determined as follows:
- Each Prep Challenge win counts as one point in the standings
- A20-minute League Series win counts as one point
- A Takeover victory counts as a point as well. OTE playoffs will take place after the 37-event season.
Health, performance, and exposure to a high level of talent went into the creation of the schedule, according to Brandon Williams, OTE’s head of basketball operations, a mix between resting players’ bodies and challenging them with games on consecutive games like the opening weekend.
“The best players want to play against the best players, and we sought them out,” Williams said. “We wanted the best opportunities for our athletes to showcase their abilities with and against each other. We wanted to do this while also being mindful and cautious as to rest and recovery. Creating a schedule where they are not underexposed, but also not overused.”
OTE’s hired more than 100 people to oversee the players’ growth on the court and in the classroom, as well as a residential life team to help these teenagers acclimate to life in a new city.
“We’re excited to continue to bring fans access to our athletes and games in unexpected ways across all our platforms, telling stories both on and off the court,” Ryan said.