Tudor Somacescu, one in all Europe’s most promising prospects, is signing with Extra time Elite, the league advised ESPN on Tuesday.
Somacescu is the twelfth participant to signal with Extra time Elite, bringing it midway to it acknowledged objective of 24 gamers for the upstart league’s inaugural season.
The Romanian-born Somacescu, who turned 16 final month, spent this previous season as a freshman at Sierra Canyon Excessive College in Southern California alongside top-five recruit Amari Bailey and Bronny James, son of LeBron James. He’s at the moment the youngest participant on Extra time’s roster.
He gained fame because the youngest participant in FIBA historical past to common double-figure scoring in a European Championship, which he did simply weeks after turning 14 years outdated, taking part in up two age classes on the U16 European Championship Division B in 2019. Somacescu made his debut within the Romanian first division competing in opposition to professionals final winter earlier than departing for the U.S.
Somacescu, at 6-foot-2, is a artistic level guard with sturdy ballhandling and passing capacity who stands out together with his competitiveness and really feel for the sport, which has allowed him to carry his personal in opposition to older gamers from an early age.
Extra time Elite has made vital headway since its inception in March with its objective of changing into a reliable different pathway for elite highschool and worldwide prospects to make use of as a coaching program and publicity platform. Because of vital monetary backing and the hires of NCAA national-championship-winning-coach Kevin Ollie and several other former NBA executives, OTE has signed 5 five-star recruits in Jalen Lewis, Amen Thompson, Ausar Thompson, Matthew Bewley and Ryan Bewley, whereas additionally touchdown a projected top-20 choose in 2022 in Dominican guard Jean Montero.
OTE says it’s going to proceed recruiting one other 12-18 signings earlier than groups assemble in Atlanta in September to start coaching and taking part in video games in opposition to prep colleges within the U.S. and worldwide groups overseas.