With just 16 days to go until the academy's grand opening at its brand new arena
in Atlanta on Oct. 29, Overtime Elite has revealed its full schedule, as well as the three rosters it
will send out in its inaugural 2021-22 campaign.
(Editor's Note: Read our Spencer Davies' exclusive interview
with Aaron Ryan and Brandon Williams, and an extensive profile on
Overtime Elite here.)
The three coaches and their rosters, under the direction of
Kevin Ollie, are as follows:
Coach Ryan Gomes: Dominick Barlow, Malik
Bowman, Lewis Duarte, Jazian Gortman, Nathan Missia-Dio, Jean
Montero, Alexandre Sarr, Jai Smith, Tudor Somacescu
Coach Tim Fanning: Izan Almansa, Matt Bewley,
TJ Clark, De'Vontes Cobbs, Francis "LeBron" Lopez, Tyler Smith,
Amen Thompson, Johned Walker, Kok Yat
Coach Dave Leitao: Ryan Bewley, Bryce Griggs,
Jazhare Jackson, Jalen Lewis, Davion Mace, Emmanuel Maldonado,
Jaylen Martin, Ausar Thompson, Bryson Warren
In addition to this, OTE announced that it added three players
to its talent pool over the weekend:
"We added three talented athletes to our rosters over the
weekend. We’ve scouted and tracked these young men over the Fall,
and as we worked our way through training camp for the last few
weeks, and further evaluated needs, we decided that adding Davion,
Johned and Lewis to our inaugural rosters would provide
complimentary skills and depth to our league," said OTE head of
basketball operations Brandon Williams.
"Davion Mace is a 6-foot-7 power forward from
Cincinnati who played for Woodward High School. Davion brings a
physical presence as a tough-nosed hybrid forward. He plays with a
high motor, and tenacity as a defender and finisher around the
"Johned Walker is a 5-10 guard originally from
Puerto Rico that most recently lived in Miami attending Central
Point Christian Academy. At the U16 Americas Championship in 2019,
he averaged 12.8 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game and 3.3
assists per game in guiding Puerto Rico to a sixth place
"Lewis Duarte is a 6-5 guard from the Dominican
Republic, who moved to the states before high school. He most
recently played for Victory Christian Center School in Charlotte.
Duarte, a versatile wing with size, length and a good shooting
touch, was starting to see his recruitment pick up from some top
schools across the country. His cousin, Chris Duarte, currently
plays for the Indiana Pacers."
For more information on the OTE schedule and the league's
structure, Williams answered the following via a press release
How did you start thinking about the schedule and how it
would be set up?
"Health and performance was at the center of our scheduling
concept. We want to maximize exposure to high-level talent whether
individual players or teams, create the highest level showcase
opportunities for scouting purposes, and give our athletes unique
exposure to challenges like back-to-back game prep and execution,
while reducing the stress on their bodies over the course of a
season. With that in mind, we built a schedule made up of what we
call league series competition within our three teams, prep
challenges against external competition, simulated professional
formatted games, takeovers, and playoffs to cap off our
How is this different from other prep high schools and
"Our schedule is dynamic, providing multiple ways for learning
and preparing for competition - including games within our league,
“out of conference” games with prep schools, and one of the biggest
differences is that we get to explore pro-simulation games. This
allows our athletes the opportunity to prepare in a real way for
concepts that are critical to the next level both mentally and
How long will the season last? How many games will you
"During the October 29-March 25 period, our players will partake
in 37 competitive events made up of Prep Challenges, OTE League
Series, Pro Sim Games, Takeovers and OTE Playoffs."
What do Pro-Sim games mean?
"For these simulated professional-style games, (Pro Sim) OTE
players will be divided into 2 rosters with the format and
structure modeled after the NBA. These games won’t count towards
league standings, but will be a key part of player development as
we prepare them for the next level."
How will the OTE League Series be
"The OTE League Series amongst our three teams will be executed
at a much faster pace. Each team will play a 20 minute game against
each of the others, so every team plays two 20-minute games, 40
minutes of basketball per game night."
Will the Prep Challenges format differ from a regular
high school or college game?
"Prep Challenges will be played as 40-minute games where three
external teams will compete against our three OTE teams over two
With only three teams, how will standings
"In our OTE League Series, winning a 20-minute game counts as
two points towards the league standings and teams can win up to
four points each night. For Prep Challenges, winning these games
count as one point towards the league standings. We will also have
“Takeovers” - think marquee individual showcases, dunk contests,
3-point shootouts, etc. Winning a takeover will count as two points
towards your team's league standings. All competition crescendos
with our inaugural OTE Playoffs to determine the Season 1
How did you determine the rosters?
"Our Basketball Operations team, inclusive of scouting, coaching
and strategy, collaborated through the recruiting, signing, then
in-camp evaluations of each player. Over the weeks of training camp
the group studied the effectiveness of combinations of players,
along with the rhythm and chemistry they demonstrated to create
three equally competitive teams."
How did you make sure all the teams were evenly
"As we constantly drilled on key attributes and skills,
measurables, performance data and other factors, we created buckets
(or pods) of comparable players - as closely as reasonably
possible. Throughout camp, we created drills and competitions that
allowed us to draw from each of these pods, assembling teams for
our evaluation. Before final team selections, our coaches had the
opportunity to test combinations and analyze matchups to provide
more certainty that the teams were reasonably balanced."
How will each team be coached?
"Each of our three teams will have a head coach, and Coach Ollie
will oversee the development of all three as the overall head
coach. Dave Leitao, who spent 37 years in college coaching, was a
head coach twice at DePaul, and is the former ACC coach of the year
at Virginia will lead one team. Ryan Gomes who played 8 years in
the NBA, coached in the G-League and is highly-respected in
basketball circles will coach one team, and Tim Fanning, who spent
the past 5 years as an assistant for the Euroleague powerhouse
Maccabi Tel Aviv will lead the third team."
What were the challenges in setting this
"There are always challenges when you’re doing something that’s
never been done before, especially on an accelerated timeline. We
simultaneously had to recruit some of the best young players in the
world to a program without history, to a culture that hadn’t been
established, to play with teammates they couldn’t see. We continued
to pursue talent first, but tried to build with an idea toward
roster balance from the outset. All players want to play in games
of consequence, so as we assembled what we anticipated would be
extraordinary talent, and we wanted the highest level programs to
face off with our talented groups. Because this came together into
the fall, there were many schools that were fully committed and we
couldn’t find a date that worked. However, with broad options
throughout the country, we found the right game opportunities that
will be fun, energizing, and keep our players motivated to compete
both at home and on the road."
Will this always be the style for the schedule or will
it evolve into something else?
"Right now, we’re focusing on our first season and developing
our players for the next level. The great thing about what we are
doing is the freedom we have to explore and try things. We will
evolve as we establish what works well and what doesn’t and will
continue to provide the experience that the Gen Z elite athlete
requires to prepare for his future. Our plan is to keep our
athletes and their well-being at core of all considerations, that
will lead our decision-making and any adjustments."
In this first year, what was the main goal for the
"The main goal was to create a schedule that allowed our players
to compete at a high level, inside and outside of OTE. The best
players want to play against the best players, and we sought them
out. We wanted the best opportunities for our athletes to showcase
their abilities with and against each other showing the growth and
maturity that will be happening every day in practice, skill
development, and performance training. We wanted to give them a
robust schedule, inclusive of travel, back-to-backs, late nights,
afternoons, all factors to professional play. 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, so finding the appropriate middle ground was our
In the league, will teams change or remain the
"These three teams have been solidified for the season. However,
we are prepared to make adjustments during the season. Ultimately
competitive balance will be best for the development of our players
Will all of the players travel to each
"Yes. All three teams will make the away game trips."