Another pair of premier high school basketball players will bypass their remaining amateur eligibility and sign with the Overtime Elite professional league.
On Tuesday, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest twin guards Amen and Ausar Thompson announced they would be forgoing their senior year of high school and skipping college basketball altogether in order to sign two-year contracts with Overtime Elite.
The Thompson twins are both 6-foot-6 guards and four-star rated recruits, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings. They are the 30th and 31st-rated prospects in the class of 2022 respectively.
Ausar averaged 22.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last season, while Amen produced 20.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest.
The Thompsons are actually the second set of twin brothers to make the jump to Overtime in the last week. On May 21, it was reported that Matt and Ryan Bewley, two top-20 recruits in the class of 2023, would be spending the next two seasons playing with Overtime rather than finishing high school.
“They are the pioneers for this league,” Kenny Gillion, their coach at Orlando (Fla.) West Oaks Academy, told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday. “They’re tremendous players. They’re competitive. They’re outgoing. When you see them on the court, even in games were they’re going up against future pros, they stand out. They’re the full package.”
Overall, it's unclear just how many top high school prospects will choose this new professional venture over the traditional career route. It will definitely be interesting following the progress of those that do though.