Eli Ellis, coming off an exceptional season as one of the top scoring freshmen in the country, has signed a scholarship to join Overtime Elite ahead of their second season starting this fall. He joins eight other signees that have elected to go with the OTE scholarship option, preserving his NCAA basketball eligibility. Ellis joins Bryson Tiller as the second prospect from the class of 2025 to join Overtime Elite.
Ellis will be competing against some of the top teenage basketball players including Ausar and Amen Thompson, Jazian Gortman, Nassir Cunningham and Alexandre Sarr. The games will be viewed by millions across OTE's social media channels and YouTube as the league heads into its second season.
Ellis is a 6’0'' point guard from Hickory, North Carolina who averaged 21.9 points per game as a standout freshman for Moravian academy. Ellis brings elite shot making with deep range, defensive intensity and court vision to a talented Overtime Elite roster. This past summer, Ellis scored 51 points in a game playing with Team Loaded using his craftiness to get to the rim.
“Eli plays with a confidence and swagger on the court no matter the opponent,” said Tim Fuller, VP Recruiting and Player Personnel. “His deep range and overall toughness is something that will elevate our league even more over the next couple of years as he continues to get better in our program.”
“Eli’s ability to make shots while also having a willingness to keep his teammates involved in the offense makes him a dangerous point guard,” said Kevin Ollie, OTE Director of Player Development. “With his confidence on and off the floor, Eli could make an impact in our program right away, and we’ll continue to work with him to help take his game to the next level.”
Every contracted OTE player is offered a six-figure salary, with a guaranteed minimum salary of at least $100,000 per year, plus bonuses and shares of equity in Overtime. In addition, players will participate in revenue from use of their name, image and likeness, including through sales of custom jerseys, trading cards, video games and NFTs. Starting this season, players have the option to choose a scholarship or salary option.