The meeting with Bronny James will highlight the 90-game 2022/2023 schedule Overtime Elite unveiled ahead of its second basketball season, the league announced Monday.
OTE has expanded its three-team league to six this season, adding prep schools Hillcrest Academy from Phoenix, Word of God Academy from Raleigh, North Carolina, and Our Savior Lutheran from New York, which includes both home and away games at those schools. locations.
Many eyes will be on the opening night of the OTE Arena in Atlanta on October 20th and 21st for the preseason tournament, which will include games against several established teams.
LeBron James’ sons Bronny and Bryce James play in the California basketball club. While the Explorers boast the No. 1 player in ESPN’s 2025 recruiting class, Cam Boozer, the son of former NBA All-Star Carlos Boozer. Cam Boozer is considered by some to be the top prospect in high school basketball, while his twin brother Cayden Boozer is also highly regarded and will play as well. Also expected to play are Hoop Nation, with Duke commit and five-star recruit Jared McCain and UCLA commit Devin Williams, the No. 41 pick in the 2023 class.
OTE currently has 30 players under its roof, including Amen and Ausar Thompson, projected top five picks in the 2023 NBA Draft, who will be playing together for the City Reapers this season.
The shift in strategy, offering OTE players the opportunity to forego salary while being eligible for name, image and likeness (NIL) options, has allowed the program to more widely recruit high school players who want to maintain their NCAA eligibility. .
OTE added the No. 3 and No. 6 prospects in ESPN’s 2024 recruiting rankings in Naasir Cunningham and Jayden Williams, as well as No. 5 2025 recruit 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 big man Izan Almansa, who won MVP honors at the FIBA U17 World Championship and U18 European Championship, and French big man Alex Sarr, a potential first-round pick. Former five-star recruits Jalen Lewis, Tyler Smith and Bryson Warren also return for a second season with last year’s head coaches Ryan Gomes, Dave Leitao and Tim Fanning leading the Cold Hearts, City Reapers and YNG Dreamerz. , respectively.
After an inaugural season in which the program couldn’t schedule opponents outside of the OTE League, meetings with top-tier recruits such as Elliot Cadeau (No. 11 recruit in 2024), Isaiah Elohim (No. 14 in 2024), Jason Asemota (No. 22 in 2024), Freddie Dilione (#27 2023), Aidan Sherrell (#35 2024) and others should help answer questions about the level of competition the players faced last year. Sixty-one of the 90 games will be played at their home arena in Atlanta, while the rest will be played in Phoenix, Raleigh, New York and Roselle, New Jersey. All games will be streamed on YouTube.
OTE will also hold a pro day for NBA teams on October 25 in Atlanta.