The game has changed yet again. Overtime has announced that it is organizing a professional basketball league that will offer high school-aged players compensation. In order to participate in the league, players must forfeit their remaining high school and NCAA eligibility. In return, players will have the opportunity to play against top prospects between the gas of 16 and 18 while earning six-figure salaries.
"This offering and opportunity not only gives you pro-caliber training and development in a facility that models and starts to simulate what life will be like in the NBA ... but it also provides a six-figure salary," Overtime Elite President Aaron Ryan said.
Overtime will consist of approximately 30 players from around the world. During the season, teams will lay against other Overtime Elite teams and prep schools from around the globe. All teams will be based in the same location, but it is unclear what city will be selected as the host city. Adding on, the league has not shared how rosters will be constructed or how many teams will be involved.
This is the latest move in the movement to pay college athletes. Within the NCAA, the two top revenue-generating sports, football and basketball, are primarily made up of Black athletes. However, these athletes that generate millions for white administrators and coaches are not allowed to profit from their talents.
"Playing college basketball is great for some," Ryan explained.
"But let's recognize the fact that they play over 10,000 hours of basketball for free."
Recently, the NBA has launched its Ignite program. Through the G-League, select players will be able to play against professionals while receiving academic support and competitive salaries. Not to mention, players on the Ignite squad will be able to play against professional players and compete for a G-League title. Top prospects Jonathan Kuminga and Jalen Green play for the squad this year.
Overtime Elite is expected to begin play this fall.
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