Basketball season has finally arrived. The NBA has made it official, college basketball is less than two weeks away, and the Overtime Elite is gearing up to kick off its second season.
The new startup features two promising top ten candidates to appear in June 2023 in double stars. Amen Thompson as well as Auzar Thompson.
Ahead of the premiere Auzar ThompsonThe 6-foot-6 combo guard sat down with 247Sports to discuss his time in the Overtime Elite, his brother, who is predicted to be in the top 5 or more with 247Sports.
What was the Overtime Elite experience like?
“The experience was great, I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better since I signed. I feel like I’m getting better and learning something new every day.”
In what areas did you grow and develop after moving?
“I have seen myself develop as a shooter, definitely as a ball carrier, as a passer, in terms of IQ and just mentally with my confidence, my mentality, I am also up to 210 pounds from when I came in. at 190 pounds.”
Many of your peers were in college, but you chose the overtime route. Have you ever felt like you missed out on the college experience?
“I am happy with my decision. Once I make my decision, you won’t be able to look back. I can’t go to college so I’ll just keep going and I hope they have fun.”
In what areas do you think your brother Amen grew and developed?
“I definitely saw him grow as a shooter. He is an amazing leader, he knows how to handle the ball, his best thing is that he leaves the screens. He got a lot better.”
How would you describe the difference in your game on the court?
“I feel like he’s playing the ball a little more, he’s more like a point guard, I run points too, but I cut, hit the center post and score more.”
How would you describe the difference between you and Amen in terms of personality?
“I am more calm. Two years ago everyone would have said the opposite, like Amen was shy, but now he’s out of his shell and now people say I’m more laid back. It’s crazy, but I’m proud of it. .He’s not shy anymore!”
Do you think you could play point by moving forward?
“I could imagine how I do it, but I just do what the team needs. I can play one, two or three.”
How are your days at OTE?
“I wake up, come to the gym, train with trainers since I’m in graduate school and the rest are in class, later in the afternoon I train for about five hours and then shooting lifting is part of the practice and we lift before training every day” .
How do you like to spend time outside the floor?
“I need to find something. I like to hang out with my friends and some people from the team like me, Amen, Kok. [Yat]jaylen [Martin] and Alex Sarr. I just like to hang out with them and do whatever. When I get home, I usually just fall asleep. I don’t want to, but I do. Then I wake up and do it again.”
This could be your last year playing with Amen, what does that mean for you?
“It means a lot, I love playing with him. I’ve played with him all my life and played without him and I’m very confident that wherever he goes he’ll be fine. I am also sure that he is sure that wherever I go, everything will be fine with me. I trust him. I believe in him.”
Do you feel any pressure at the beginning of the season when you are expected to be in the top ten?
“I don’t feel any pressure, I try not to worry about it and don’t pay attention to the media or anything that’s going on outside. by the time I get to this point, I will be the best player I can be.”
What will the team get? Auzar Thompson June 2023 is coming to Draft Night?
“The NBA team will get a dog, someone who works hard, someone who is confident, a good teammate, a leader, someone who just wants to win more than anything. 94 feet, I’ll do it in the blink of an eye.”
If you weren’t a basketball player, what would you like to do for a living?
“If I didn’t play basketball, I think I would like to become a sports analyst. Charles Barkley and Shaq. I love arguing about basketball. Me and Amen do it all the time. Amen might be a little better because he’s on the strip now. He knew the Lakers were going to be bad, and I don’t know how he predicted that Brooklyn wouldn’t be like that.”