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2024 Top Recruit Naasir Cunningham To Sign With Overtime Elite

Apr 25, 2022 1:55 PM

Naasir Cunningham, who is considered the top recruit in the class of 2024, will sign with Overtime Elite. Cunningham will sign via OTE's new scholarship model, as opposed to taking a salary. This will allow Cunningham to retain his NCAA eligibility.

Cunningham played the first two seasons of his high school career at Gill St. Bernard's School in New Jersey. The West Orange, New Jersey native said that he believes joining Overtime Elite is the past path for his professional future.

"This is best place for me to develop as a player, while getting the right education to fall back on at the same time," Cunningham said. "Overtime built a relationship with my family and I, which was a big factor in trusting them with my future. I want to be the best basketball player I can, an NBA draft lottery pick and hopefully one of the best in the league. Overtime is going to put me in position to become the best player I can."

Cunningham is the highest-ranked player to sign with Overtime Elite in their two-year history. OTE is an alternative, academy-style path for players who would like to earn money, while also preparing for their professional careers in basketball.

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Dereck Lively Commits To Duke

Sep 20, 2021 10:31 PM

Dereck Lively has committed to Duke for the incoming class of 2022. Lively is the No. 2 recruit in the class.

Lively chose Duke over Kentucky.

"I like the whole idea of the Brotherhood, Duke basketball and Duke University," Lively told ESPN. "I believe next year's team has a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament and maybe a national championship. After my playing career, a Duke degree is important to me."

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Emoni Bates Commits To Memphis

Aug 25, 2021 9:18 PM

Emoni Bates has committed to the University of Memphis as part of the incoming class of 2021.

Bates originally committed to Michigan State last summer before reopening his recruitment in April.

Bates had been ranked as the No. 1 player in the 2022 class since he first emerged on the recruiting scene early in his high school career, but he had an inconsistent junior season at Ypsi Prep (Michigan).

Bates and Jalen Duren are two of the four ESPN 100 prospects to commit to Memphis in the 2021 class.

Bates doesn't turn 18 until January, so he is too young to enter the 2022 NBA draft.

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No. 6 Prospect Shaedon Sharpe Narrows List To Four Colleges, Plus G League Ignire

Aug 9, 2021 3:41 PM

Shaedon Sharpe, the No. 6 prospect in the ESPN class of 2022, says he has narrowed his list of options to five: the G League Ignite, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.

Almost a complete unknown a year ago, either unranked or on the fringes of the top 100 of most recruiting services, the Canadian-born Sharpe averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28 minutes over 12 games at the EYBL.

Sharpe says he will return to Dream City Christian in Glendale, Arizona, for his senior year of high school next week.

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Emoni Bates Reclassifies For 2021 Incoming College Class

Aug 4, 2021 9:05 PM

Emoni Bates is reclassifying for the 2021 incoming class and could enroll in college for the upcoming season.

Bates announced on Instagram he's down to four options: Michigan State, where he decommitted from in the spring, Oregon, Memphis and the G League.

Bates doesn't turn 18 until January, so he is too young to enter the 2022 NBA draft.

Bates could end up playing college basketball for two years, or go to college for one year and then play in the G League or elsewhere for a year before entering the 2023 draft.

 

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Mikey Williams Signs With Excel For NIL

Jul 22, 2021 11:12 AM

Mikey Williams has become the first prep basketball star to sign with a major sports representation agency to pursue name, image and likeness endorsements and sponsorships.

Williams will attend Lake Norman Christian in Huntersville, North Carolina, and play for Vertical Academy. Williams has signed a deal with Excel Sports Management that Excel vice president Matt Davis said he believes "will generate millions of dollars for this young man."

"Mikey's relevance around his peers in the basketball community is off the charts," Davis told ESPN. "He's one of the most relevant personalities in the basketball community. His digital and social following speak for themselves."

Williams is the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2023 and has over five million followers across multiple social media platforms.

While legislation recently allowed for college athletes to financially profit from NIL endorsement opportunities, no high school prospect unaffiliated with a college program has shown the ability to generate the revenue that Williams appears on the cusp of earning.

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Jalen Lewis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Overtime Elite

Jul 9, 2021 10:29 AM

Jalen Lewis is signing a multi-year deal with the Overtime Elite professional league worth more than $1 million.

Lewis, 16 and born in 2005, is the youngest prospect ever to turn pro in America. 

Lewis is the 12th ranked prospect int he class of 2023 with interest from Kentucky, Duke and UCLA.

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