16-year-old Oakland (California) Bishop O’Dowd Center Jalen Lewis has signed a multi-million dollar deal with the new Overtime Elite Professional League.
Lewis is the youngest prospect to ever become a pro in the United States. He is the No. 12 recruiter in the 2023 class according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings and made offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Kentucky, Stanford, Texas Tech, UC Davis, UCLA and USC.
“Jalen is one of the most exciting young talents in the country, and we are humbled that he has chosen Overtime Elite to lift his professional development on the field and academically, while building his brand internationally,” OTE’s Vice President and Leader of basketball operations said, per release. “This is a fundamental signature of our league and another recognition of the need and desire for our program.”
Lewis joins class of 2022 recruits Amen and Ausar Thompson, class of 2023 recruits Matthew and Ryan Bewley and first round projected 2022 draft selection of Jean Montero from Spain as the latest high-profile player to have signed with Overtime Elite .
“I would describe Jalen as an absolute difference-maker, a rare talent with a combination of size, athleticism, good hands and ball skills that affect play at both ends of the court,” OTE coach and director of player development Kevin Ollie said. “There are no limits to what he can do in his career, and through Overtime Elite, he has the resources in place to help him achieve his dreams.”