Overtime Elite is a brand-new professional basketball league that targets the most promising athletic prospects that are between the ages of 16 and 18. Being a professional league, the players will be paid, and their base salary begins at $100,000. Tutoring, mentoring and a myriad of other life skills training programs that include things like media training and financial literacy will be available to the players. Unless the NCAA amends their policies the athletes that go through this program will more than likely be ineligible to play college ball. If they do opt out of a professional career and choose to go to college OTE will provide $100,000 towards their education.
Commissioner and President of Overtime Elite Aaron Ryan said, “This is the time for something like this. Because the platforms these young athletes are creating really do deserve to be elevated and amplified by a program like ours.”
Kevin Ollie, a former coach for the UConn Huskies, was tapped and hired as the head coach and director of player development. Ollie spent six seasons coaching at UCONN. He led the team to 20 wins in his first season with the team and in his second season, they won their 4th National Championship title in 2014. It was then that he became the 4th Black head coach to win a national title. Ollie was fired from UConn amid NCAA violation allegations and two losing seasons. He has been in a legal battle with the University since his firing to reclaim the money left on his contract. Ollie filed a racial discrimination suit against UConn. The suit alleges that his firing was unjust as it was for things that paled in comparison to the transgressions that white coaches at UConn have done recently.
In a statement Ollie said, “I’m ready to get back to what I was born to do: empowering and encouraging and supporting young people and helping them grow. There’s no better place for me to do that than OTE, an extraordinary league for extraordinary young men. I consider it my mission to help these elite athletes realize their dreams.”
From 1992-1996 Ollie played for UConn. He went on to have a NBA career that spanned 13 years and 11 teams.
Ryan went on to say, “He’s genuine and passionate about the game, and wants to share that with young men who are trying to forge a path in a very similar way as him. Recognizing that basketball will certainly be a part of their lives and hopefully have as long a career as he has, but also preparing them for life after basketball, which he’s demonstrated not only as a family man, but as a contributor to the game.”
Ollie will be working with Brandon Williams, OTE’s head of basketball operations. Williams shared, “Kevin has the leadership skills necessary to deliver on our goal: the holistic development of the athlete who is better prepared for the next level.”