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Overtime Elite to play basketball teams featuring Bronny and Bryce James, Cam and Cayden Boozer

A matchup with Bronny James tops the 90-game 2022-23 Overtime Elite roster, which was unveiled ahead of its second existing basketball season, the league announced Monday.

OTE has expanded its three-team league to six this season and includes prep schools Hillcrest Academy of Phoenix, Word of God Academy of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Our Savior Lutheran of New York City, which include home and away games at those schools become locations.

Many eyes will be on opening night at the OTE Arena in Atlanta for the October 20-21 preseason tournament, which will feature matches against several prestigious teams.

Bronny and Bryce James, sons of LeBron James, play at the California Basketball Club. While the Explorers boast Cam Boozer, son of former NBA All-Star Carlos Boozer, ESPN’s #1 player in the 2025 recruit class. Cam Boozer is considered by some to be the brightest prospect in high school basketball, while his twin brother, Cayden Boozer, is also highly regarded and will play as well. Hoop Nation is also expected to play with Duke commit and five-star recruit Jared McCain and UCLA commit Devin Williams, the No. 41 contestant in the Class of 2023.

OTE currently has 30 players under its umbrella, including Amen and Ausar Thompson, predicted top 5 picks in the 2023 NBA draft, who will play together in the City Reapers roster this season.

A shift in strategy that offers OTE players the opportunity to forgo a salary while still being eligible for NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) opportunities has allowed the program to draw a broader net in high school recruiting -Eject players who wish to retain their NCAA eligibility.

OTE added prospects Nos. 3 and 6 in ESPN’s 2024 recruiting rankings Naasir Cunningham and Jayden Williams, and 2025 No. 5 recruit Bryson Tiller. Also newcomers are four-star nominees Kanaan Carlyle, ZZ Clark, Tremayne Parker, Jahki Howard and Somto Cyril.

OTE brings back two of Europe’s top talent in Spanish big man Izan Almansa, who won MVP honors at the FIBA ​​World U17 Championship and European U18 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, along with last year’s head coaches Ryan Gomes, Dave Leitao and Tim Fanning, who lead the Cold Hearts, City Reapers and YNG Dreamerz teams become , respectively.

After an inaugural season in which the program was unable to schedule marquee opponents outside of OTE league games, there have been matchups featuring high-profile recruits such as Elliot Cadeau (No. 11 recruit in 2024), Isaiah Elohim (No. 14 recruit in 2024) Jason Asemota ( No. 22 in 2024), Freddie Dilione (No. 27 in 2023), Aidan Sherrell (No. 35 in 2024), and others should help answer questions about players’ competitive levels over the past year. Sixty-one of the 90 games will be played at their home arena in Atlanta, while the remainder will be spread across Phoenix, Raleigh, New York City and Roselle, New Jersey. All games will be broadcast on YouTube.

OTE will also host a Pro Day for NBA teams on October 25th in Atlanta.

https://www.espn.com/college-football/recruiting/story/_/id/34649279/over-elite-play-teams-featuring-bronny-bryce-james-cam-cayden-boozer Overtime Elite to play basketball teams featuring Bronny and Bryce James, Cam and Cayden Boozer

Emma Bowman

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