LeBron Lopez, 18, signs with US pro league Overtime Elite

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Francis “LeBron” Lopez made his Gilas debut vs Indonesia. FIBA ASIA CUP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino teen prospect Francis “LeBron” Lopez has turned skilled after becoming a member of new professional league Extra time Elite (OTE).

OTE introduced Lopez’s signing on its web site on Tuesday.

“We’re delighted to have Lebron be a part of the OTE household as we develop our worldwide attain, bringing in prime expertise from throughout the globe,” mentioned Brandon Williams, OTE EVP, Head of Basketball Operations.

“Francis is a younger man who has impressed us with each the mixture of pure ardour for the sport and self-improvement, bodily athleticism, work ethic, in addition to many management intangibles. He’s the type of participant we would like and count on to thrive at OTE.”

The 18-year-old Lopez impressed in his Gilas Pilipinas debut within the Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers final month. He collected eight factors, 5 rebounds and one help, a block and a steal in lower than 10 minutes of motion within the Philippines’ 76-51 blowout of Indonesia.

Lopez almost made Gilas’ remaining roster within the Olympic Qualifying Event in Serbia earlier this month.

OTE head coach and former NBA veteran Kevin Oillie sees a vivid future forward of the 6-foot-5 Ateneo Excessive Faculty standout.

“Francis is a high-flyer together with his capacity to play above the rim,” mentioned Ollie, who additionally serves as head of participant growth.

“We’re constructing a program for him that can develop his recreation extra utterly in order that he can obtain his dream of knowledgeable profession and as a frontrunner on the Philippines nationwide staff for years to come back.”

Aside from Lopez, OTE has additionally inked a cope with different worldwide up-and-comers in Jean Montero of the Dominican Republic, Alexandre Sarr of France and Nathan Missia-Dio of Belgium.

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