The Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite (“OTE”) is expected to commence its 2023-24 regular season in early December, and numerous prospects with recruiting ties to Syracuse basketball are suiting up for OTE teams this term.
To date, there have been some preseason contests and other showcases involving OTE squads and players, and I wanted to pass along here how Orange recruits are faring in this pro league.
Those players in OTE that we’ll be monitoring through the course of 2023-24 include Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Elijah Moore, a four-star shooting guard, along with Orange targets such as 2025 five-star point guard Tyler Jackson, 2026 five-star wing Adam Oumiddoch, 2026 combo guard Parker Robinson and 2025 four-star combo guard DeMarco Johnson.
Various Syracuse basketball recruits are competing in the professional league Overtime Elite.
Here are the eight teams in Overtime Elite for 2023-24:
•Blue Checks (the Combine Academy in Lincolnton, N.C.)
•City Reapers (Overtime Elite team based in Atlanta)
•Cold Hearts (Overtime Elite team based in Atlanta)
•Diamond Doves (PHHoenix Prep in Phoenix)
•JellyFam (Our Saviour Lutheran School in the Bronx, N.Y.)
•RWE (Overtime Elite team based in Atlanta)
•Rolling Loud (the Southern California Academy in Northridge, Calif.)
•YNG Dreamerz (Moravian Prep in Hudson, N.C.)
Moore is on JellyFam. Jackson and Robinson are on City Reapers. Oumiddoch is on Cold Hearts, and Johnson is on Rolling Loud.
Not too long ago, Moore officially signed with the ‘Cuse. Jackson and Johnson hold scholarship offers from the Orange. Meanwhile, there appears to be some level of interest between Syracuse basketball and both Oumiddoch and Robinson.
I checked out each player’s bio on the Overtime Elite Web site to get a sense of how these prospects have fared so far in some preseason action. As I noted in another recent column, the OTE’s 2023-24 regular season should kick off on Friday, Dec. 1.
In a game on Friday, Nov. 17, Moore tallied 10 points, two rebounds and one assist. He shot the ball well, going 3-of-3 from the field, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.
Our Saviour Lutheran has also played in a couple of other games outside of Overtime Elite, and Moore was on fire in those contests, racking up a ton of points in some impressive victories for his team.
Jackson, who has said he’s interested in taking an official visit to the Orange, has played in numerous preseason OTE encounters. According to his bio on the league’s Web site, I’m counting at least six contests where Jackson reached double-figures in scoring.
It doesn’t seem that Johnson’s squad has yet to compete in an OTE affair, at least per the league’s Web site. Johnson has also said in the past that he’s interested in visiting the ‘Cuse at some point.
In late August, Robinson took an unofficial visit to the Orange to play in the team’s annual Elite Camp. He’s notched double-figures in scoring on several occasions during the OTE preseason docket, including one relatively recent game where he collected 21 points. When I wrote this story, he was connecting on 44.7 percent from 3-point land.
Oumiddoch, who has said that Syracuse basketball is on his radar as it relates to his recruitment, has proven one of the top scorers during OTE preseason contests. At the time of this writing, through eight games, he had been averaging 16.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per encounter.