Big Changes Coming

Overtime Basketball League: When college athletes enter the league, they have to meet the age requirement of 19. Many athletes also reclassify a year to be in the league a little earlier.

The players who get drafted are guaranteed money, but the many undrafted players fight for a spot on the summer camp roster or play overseas, which can put many athletes in a tough position financially.

College basketball has been home to many one-and-done players throughout recent years, but the tide has begun to shift. Before declaring for the NBA Draft, we saw players like LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton play in the NBL, Australia’s basketball league.

Instead of going to school, they decided to get paid to play professional ball against some former NBA players.

There was a case where James Wiseman was ruled ineligible and couldn’t play in Division 1 after playing two games for the University of Memphis. Another example is Mitchell Robinson skipped school to train and workout before the draft.

The NBA has plans to offer G-League contracts to highschool prospects who want to test their limits. Jalen Green, the number one prospect in the ESPN top 100, is making the leap to change the landscape of college basketball.

Now, there is another alternative for high school prospects who have no interest in playing in college or being a one-and-done player in the NCAA.

Overtime Elite is a new league backed by the sports media company Overtime. Whatever the case may be for these young potential stars, Overtime is going to reshape the landscape of the NBA.

What Can Overtime Do

Overtime promises to provide compensation that the universities and colleges cannot overdue to the NCAA guideline although California and Florida may change the rules in the near future. Overtime promises high school athletes at least $100,000 annually to join their league( ages16 to 18), according to Kevin Draper of the New York Times.

OTE will be starting in the month of September. This new basketball league will be for thirty of the most elite high school prospects around the country. Judging by the looks of how the league is going to set up, there is a lot of potential in the making.

This will be a year-round development program that encompasses the importance of coaching, sports science, performance technologies, facilities for the players to train and develop, and an academic program.

The academic program will help them develop into a solid prospect in order to continuously move up the draft board, and help them with the career development aspect as well. It does not end there as the players will be able to market themselves for possible sponsorship deals.

For example, image and likeness, jersey sales, and other sources of revenue are all apart of the package which would give these 30 players a head start financially.

The league will hire educators so the players receive their high school diplomas, and also hire those who experience in the league. Former NBA player Brandon Williams will be apart of basketball operations.

What The NBA Thinks

NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, will monitor the league’s progress. The good news is the commissioner seems to be on board saying, “It’s good for the game…“It’s more focus on the game, especially with all that’s happening right now in digital media; social media, new streaming services. There’s definitely interest in this content, so we’re paying attention to that.”

Lastly, the hype surrounding OTE brought the attention of many. NBA stars like Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz already invested money into the league.