A showdown with Bronny James tops the 90-game 2022-23 Overtime Elite schedule revealed ahead of his second basketball season, the league announced Monday.
OTE has expanded its league from three teams to six this season, incorporating prep schools Hillcrest Academy of Phoenix, Word of God Academy of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Our Savior Lutheran of New York, which will include home and away games from those schools. locations.
Many eyes will be on the opening night of the OTE Arena in Atlanta for the preseason tournament on October 20th and 21st, which will include games against a number of highly regarded teams.
The California Basketball Club will feature Bronny and Bryce James, sons of LeBron James. While the Explorers boast ESPN’s #1 player in the recruiting class of 2025, Cam Boozer, son of former NBA player Carlos Boozer. Cam Boozer is considered by some to be the best prospect in high school basketball, while his twin brother Cayden Boozer is also highly regarded and will play as well. He’s also expected to play Hoop Nation, which features Duke-commit five-star Jared McCain and UCLA’s Devin Williams, the 41st prospect in the class of 2023.
OTE currently has 30 players under its umbrella, including Amen and Ausar Thompson, the top five projected picks in the 2023 NBA draft, who will play together this season on the City Reapers team.
A change in strategy, offering OTE players the option to forgo a salary while still being eligible for name, image and likeness (NIL) opportunities, has allowed the program to cast a wider net in recruiting high school players who wish to maintain their NCAA eligibility.
OTE added the No. 3 and 6 prospects in the ESPN 2024 recruit rankings in Naasir Cunningham and Jayden Williams, as well as the No. 5 recruit in 2025, Bryson Tiller. Four-star prospects Kanaan Carlyle, ZZ Clark, Tremayne Parker, Jahki Howard and Somto Cyril are also new additions.
OTE returns two of Europe’s top prospects: Spanish great Izan Almansa, who won the MVP award at the FIBA Under-17 World Cup and European Under-18 Championship, and French great man Alex Sarr, a possible pick. first round. Former five-star recruits Jalen Lewis, Tyler Smith and Bryson Warren also return for a second season, along with last year’s head coaches Ryan Gomes, Dave Leitao and Tim Fanning, who will direct the Cold Hearts, City Reapers and YNG squads. dreamerz. , respectively.
After an inaugural season in which the show failed to schedule standout opponents outside of OTE league games, clashes with top-tier recruits such as Elliot Cadeau (rookie #11 in 2024), Isaiah Elohim (#14 in 2024) Jason Asemota ( #22 in 2024), Freddie Dilione (#27 in 2023), Aidan Sherrell (#35 in 2024) and others should help answer questions about the level of competition players have faced in the past year. Sixty-one of the 90 games will be played at its Atlanta arena, while the remainder will be spread across Phoenix, Raleigh, New York and Roselle, New Jersey. All games will be streamed on YouTube.
OTE will also hold a Professional Day for NBA teams on October 25 in Atlanta.