Twin brothers Matt and Ryan Bewley are the first members of the Overtime Elite professional league.
They are first high school underclassmen to sign with an American pro basketball league, ESPN reported.
The 6-foot-9 power forwards from the Class of 2023 are the first signees for Overtime Elite, a startup that aims to offer an alternative to high school and college basketball for NBA draft prospects. They are each expected to earn “seven figures” of the two-year deal, ESPN said.
Media platform Overtime, which started the league, announced the signing on Friday.
The Bewley Twins just made HISTORY as the first hoopers to sign with OVERTIME ELITE ?? pic.twitter.com/Sj6Az3Gt5N
— Overtime (@overtime) May 21, 2021
Both are five-star prospects. Matt is ranked the No. 1 power forward and No. 2 overall player in the nation by the 247Sports composite. Ryan is No. 5 at his position and No. 16 overall.
They played in high school at West Oaks Academy in Orlando. By signing with Overtime Elite, they will be ineligible to play high school or college basketball.
They will not be eligible for the NBA draft until 2024, so they can spend one year in the G League or playing overseas after their two-year commitment is done.
Overtime Elite is for 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds. The program will be based in Atlanta and up to 30 players will be housed there. They also will receive academic instruction with the goal of earning a high school diploma.
The league has over $80 million in funding from more than a dozen NBA players, billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos and the rapper Drake, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Kevin Ollie, a former NBA player who coached UConn to a national championship, will run the basketball operations.
–Field Level Media