Former Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie is taking the next step in his coaching career as he was tapped to be the head coach and director of player development for the Overtime Elite, per ESPN. It will reportedly serve as a professional basketball league for top prospects between 16 and 18 years old and will prepare them to make the jump to the next level.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Ollie will join Overtime Elite's Executive VP and Head of Basketball Operations Brandon Williams in heading a 40-person staff that will oversee the operations of the new venture. The latter also has significant experience in the field as he previously served as a former NBA veteran and front-office executive with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings.
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The rest of the group will include coaches, sports science, performance, trainers, and counselors that will help with the development of the young prospects. The new league plans to offer six-figure financial packages along with academic tutorials for high school players while they match up against prep school and international teams in a program that is expected to be held in a span of a year.
OTE will reportedly allow its players to have a share in revenue from their name, image, and likeness which will be put in custom jerseys, trading cards, and NFTs. With this initiative, they are separating themselves from the NCAA which infamously prohibits collegiate players to benefit from their likeness, name and image.
Prospects who will undergo OTE will lose the entirety of their collegiate eligibility but it will still allow them to proceed to the NBA G-League and eventually, the NBA Draft after their stint in the program.
Kevin Ollie has already proven his capabilities in the past as he served a six-year stint as head coach of the UConn Huskies where he won an NCAA men's basketball title back in 2014. Being the head coach of OTE will be his first job in coaching since he left the collegiate ranks back in 2017.