Overtime Elite is stocking up on twins.
Not even a week after it was announced that the new professional league had signed five-star twin brothers Matt and Ryan Bewley to two-year deals, Overtime Elite went out and inked two-year contracts with another set of twins: Amen and Ausar Thompson, a pair of four-star guards from the class of 2023. The two will make their debut during the league’s inaugural season this September.
Shams Charania of The Athletic was first to report the news, which was quickly confirmed by Overtime Elite.
Florida twins Amen and Ausar Thompson – rising high school seniors and five-star prospects – are bypassing HS/college and signing two-year contracts with the new Overtime Elite professional league, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 25, 2021
According to 247 Sports’ Composite score, Amen and Ausar Thompson are ranked as the No. 31 and No. 30 players in their class, respectively. Both clock in at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds and played for the Pine Crest School down in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
“Amen and Ausar are the types of players that every coach wants, not only in terms of their ability on the court, but because of their commitment to get better,” Kevin Ollie, OTE’s Head Coach and Director of Player Development, said in a press release. “The Thompsons understand what it takes to reach their potential as whole people, and we’re going to provide them the tools they need to fall in love with the process of being a pro everyday for a lifetime.”
The Thompson twins were likely to make a substantial climb in the recruiting rankings if they had continued their high school careers, possibly achieving five-star status. Kentucky had previously been in contact with the brothers, as well, but the professional route was apparently too enticing to turn down.
Each player will earn a guaranteed minimum of $100,000 per year on their contract in addition to bonuses and equity in the Overtime Elite company, which has already raised $80 million. Players can also make money through “their name, image and likeness, including through sales of custom jerseys, trading cards, video games and NFTs.”