The Overtime Elite League signed its 16th player in five-star forward Tyler Smith, he announced via Instagram on Monday.
The 6-foot-9, 195 pound forward from Richmond (TX) played two years at Bush High School and is the No.8 prospect according to ESPN.
“Tyler Smith is the definition of a modern big; he’s long, athletic, and has a smooth lefty shooting stroke,” said OTE Head Coach and Head of Player Development, Kevin Ollie. “We’re ready to get in the gym and in the classroom with Tyler so that he develops into not only an NBA level basketball player, but more importantly into a level 5, world class person.
Smith is a smooth lefty big that can space the floor, defend the rim, and score at a high level. The G-League Ignite also reach out to Smith, but he will consider that down the line. Despite skipping college Smith at one point did consider the college route.
“If I would of went to college I would of considered Kentucky, Texas, Auburn, and Memphis.”
The Richmond (TX) native made his decision on Saturday and despite being able to make money in college with the NIL he chose the OTE.
“I always wanted to be a pro coming out of high school. The Head of the OTE league came out to watch me workout and they explained what they would do with me and how they would develop me for the next level.”
Smith signed a two-year deal with a player option for a potential third year and will play alongside other Houston native Bryce Griggs who signed with the OTE a few weeks back.
The OTE will have two teams consisted of these 16 players: Jai Smith, Matt Bewley Ryan Bewley, Amen Thompson, Ausar Thompson, Jalen Lewis, Izan Almansa, Jazian Gortman, Francis Lopez, Nathan Missia-Dio, Emmanuel Maldonado, Jean Montero, Tudor Somacescu, Alexandre Sarr, Bryce Griggs, and now Tyler Smith.