Top European prospect Tudor Somacescu signs with Overtime Elite
One of Europe’s most promising prospects, Tudor Somacescu, signs with Overtime Elite, the league told ESPN on Tuesday.
Somacescu is the 12th player to sign with Overtime Elite, bringing them halfway to their stated goal of 24 players for the league’s inaugural season.
Romania-born Somacescu, who turned 16 last month, spent last season as a freshman at Sierra Canyon High School in Southern California alongside top five rookies Amari Bailey and Bronny James, sons of LeBron James. He is currently the youngest player on the Overtime team.
He gained notoriety as the youngest player in FIBA history with a double-digit average score in a European Championship, which he did just weeks after turning 14, playing in two age categories in Division B of the U16 European Championship in 2019. Somacescu has made its way. debut in the Romanian Premier League competing against professionals last winter before leaving for the United States
Somacescu, at 6ft 2in, is a creative playmaker with strong ball handling and passing ability who stands out for his competitiveness and sense of the game that have allowed him to stand up to older players from his earliest days. young age.
Overtime Elite has made significant progress since its inception in March with the goal of becoming a legitimate alternative route for elite high school students and international prospects to use as a training program and exhibition platform. Thanks to significant financial support and the hires of former national championship-winning coach Kevin Ollie and several former NBA executives, OTE has recruited five five-star rookies to Jalen Lewis, Amen Thompson, Ausar Thompson, Matthew Bewley and Ryan. Bewley, while landing a projected among the top 20 picks in 2022 in Dominican guard Jean Montero.
OTE said it would continue to recruit 12-18 more rookies before their teams reunite in Atlanta in September to begin training and playing against prep schools in the United States and international teams in the United States. ‘foreign.