Lebron Lopez becomes first Pinoy to sign with Overtime Elite
Francis ‘Lebron’ Lopez will be heading to United States to play in the upcoming Overtime Elite league in September.
OTE announced that they have signed the Ateneo Blue Eaglets forward, making him the first Filipino player to join in the inaugural season.
“We’re delighted to have Lebron join the OTE family as we expand our international reach, bringing in top talent from across the globe,” said Brandon Williams, OTE EVP, head of basketball operations. “Francis is a young man who has impressed us with both the combination of pure passion for the game and self-improvement, physical athleticism, work ethic, as well as many leadership intangibles. He’s the kind of player we want and expect to thrive at OTE.”
Lopez also announced his recent move on his Instagram account.
“I am humbled and grateful to Overtime Elite (OTE) for believing in me and helping me get closer to my dreams,” he wrote
“I will work hard to live up to their faith. As OTE leadership said, I will be the first Filipino player to join them. It is an honor that I will not take for granted. I will not let our country down. I will work very hard to represent us well!”
According to their website, Overtime Elite is a “transformative new sports league that offers the world’s most talented young basketball players a better pathway to becoming professional athletes and engage and inspire a new generation of fans.”
Lopez, who was the youngest member of Gilas Pilipinas to participate in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, will officially turn pro as young as 17 years old.