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Elite 2022 Forward Jai Smith Signs With Overtime Elite Pro League

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Overtime Elite continued its impressive rollout of elite players signing 2022 forward Jai Smith.

Smith picked OTE over Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Memphis, and Texas Tech.

“They really stood out because they showed me where they could take my game,” Smith said. “They’re gonna develop me as a player and help me get to that next level. They showed me how much I can progress. I strongly believe that this was the best option.”

This past season at Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) Smith averaged 27 points and 15 rebounds a game.

That production should mesh well with other OTE signees like Amen and Ausar Thompson, Matt Bewley and Ryan Bewley, Jean Montero, and Emmanuel Maldonado from Puerto Rico.

“There’s a lot of talent on the team and it will make us all better,” Smith said. “I feel like my game is better suited for the pro game, so I feel like I’ll develop faster taking this option.”

Every OTE player will earn a guaranteed minimum salary of $100,000 per year, plus bonuses and shares of equity in Overtime.

In addition, players will participate in revenue from the use of their name, image, and likeness, including through sales of custom jerseys, trading cards, video games, and NFTs.

“You can’t watch Jai play without being impressed by his athleticism,” said Kevin Ollie, OTE’s Head Coach and Director of Player Development. “We’re going to develop Jai’s complete game both on and off the court to prepare him for a sustained and successful career at the next level.”