IS Overtime Elite the next stop for Kai Sotto?
The US-based big man and his handlers East West Private have remained tightlipped on what will be the new path for Sotto.
“Overtime Elite (“OTE”) is a transformative new sports league that offers the world’s most talented young basketball players a better pathway to becoming professional athletes, while engaging and inspiring a new community of digitally native fans,” OTE said on its website.
“OTE (pronounced Oh-Tee-E) provides a comprehensive accelerator for elite players’ professional careers. The league offers a year-round development program combining world-class coaching, cutting-edge sports science and performance technologies, top-notch facilities, and a rigorous, highly personalized academic program that energizes and enhances each athlete’s journey from proficiency to pro.”
The league offers a minimum salary of at least $100,000 per year, with signing bonuses and even shares in the company. The league also offers health and disability insurance, in addition to college tuition, should players opt to go to school.
Set to begin around September, the league plans to have 30 elite players all living and playing in a city yet to be named.
The 7-foot-3 Sotto was supposed to suit up for the pioneering Ignite squad in the NBA G League but botched it when he chose to return to the country and play for Gilas Pilipinas in the third window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Clark before it was canceled and the hosting was given to Doha February.
Doha’s hosting of the final window of the qualifiers was called off due to the outbreak of the new strain of the deadly COVID-19, however.