Overtime starting semi-pro league for high school stars

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Overtime, the company behind many of the highlight reels of Kentucky recruits you’ve watched over the years, is starting its own semi-professional basketball league.

According to 247 Sports, the Overtime Select league will be another path for high school stars to get to the pros, allowing them to bypass college while earning salaries up to six figures. Although the best of the best may end up in the NBA Draft, sources told Travis Branham the next step for most players upon “graduation” would likely be the G-League or overseas professional leagues. The circuit will include up to eight teams and players will receive training and coaching from former NBA players, coaches, and trainers, along with non-traditional education. If all goes according to plan, games will begin in September 2021.

If you’re curious, Ignite, the G-League’s professional development program, tips off its inaugural season in the G-League’s bubble at Disney World on Feb. 10. The team is made up of G-League veterans and top 2020 prospects, including Jonathan Kuminga, Jalen Green, Daishen Nix, Isaiah Todd, and Kai Sotto. All 15 of Ignite’s games will be aired on the ESPN networks.

[247 Sports]

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2021-09-24