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Once a college basketball star, Kevin Ollie is now heckling it

With its striking new 103,000-square-foot campus, encompassing a stadium that rivals those of universities, state-of-the-art facilities and conditioning classrooms, Overtime Elite offers tough competition, full-time training, schoolwork, and two options for paying 31 of the best young players in the world, ages 16-20.

“It’s about choice,” Ollie said, a preacher’s rousing cadence in his voice, which makes sense since his late mother, Dorothy, was a pastor.

The choice is the disruptive part.

“There shouldn’t be just one path for these young student-athletes,” he said. “We give them options that didn’t exist before.”

Who could have imagined this even a few years ago? Overtime Elite players can skip college and earn $100,000 plus bonuses while honing their skills under the supervision of Ollie and other coaches. Or they can forgo a salary, earn money from endorsements and still be eligible to play in college, if the professional leagues aren’t on the line.

The tired mythology of amateurism is crumbling. While it does, players are given new ways to realize their dreams, allowing them to bypass college and start making big bucks while in their teens. Along with the NBA development league and overseas professional basketball, overtime is another path for the best young basketball talent.

That Ollie is helping lead the game-changing upstart academy is symbolic, as the contours of his journey once represented the optimal path the NCAA could offer a player.

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