Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from FIBA.basketball

Basketball

OTE coach out to make Lebron Lopez leader of Gilas ‘for years to come’


Lebron Lopez has chosen a different route for his basketball journey.

Tuesday evening, Overtime Elite announced that they have signed the 18-year-old to a deal worth a minimum of $100,000.

He becomes the fourth international prospect to sign with the upstart league following Jean Montero (Dominican Republic), Alexandre Sarr (France) and Nathan Missia-Dio (Belgium).

Lopez is the first Asian to do so, though. And he feels honored to join the program that is hoping to be the next pathway for prospects.

“I am humbled and grateful to Overtime Elite for believing in me and helping me get closer to my dreams. I will work hard to live up to their faith,” said the 6-foot-5 athletic winger.

“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!”

Lopez joined OTE partly because its head coach and Director of Player Development Kevin Ollie has been particularly high on him.

Ollie played in the NBA from 1995-2010 and former head coach of UConn. And he said that he plans to develop Lopez not just for the pros but also for Gilas.

Lopez had eight points, five rebounds, one assist, one block, and a steal in the Philippines’ 76-51 win over Indonesia during the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.

“Francis is a high-flyer with his ability to play above the rim,” said Ollie in a press release.

“We’re building a program for him that will develop his game more completely so that he can achieve his dream of a professional career and as a leader on the Philippines national team for years to come.”

Before moving forward to the next chapter of his career, Lopez did not forget to thank everyone who made him who he is today.

“I want to say a special thank you to the people who helped me at the beginning of my journey. Coach Reggie [Varilla], Coach Tab [Baldwin], Mr. Al Panlilio, and Mr. [Manny] Pangilinan and the SBP — they saw the spark of potential in a young kid and supported it. I am forever grateful”

#ReadMore  Gilas Women begin bubble training in Lipa
Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

Basketball

Overtime Elite will begin its inaugural season soon with 24 elite prospects competing. Besides the 17 American prospects that have been unveiled, OTE also...

2023 FIBA World Cup

Gilas Pilipinas program director and Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin fully understands Dwight Ramos’ decision to turn pro in Japan. After all, the University...

Basketball

It had been a crazy eight months for Gilas Pilipinas that saw them living in different bubbles across four countries. And on their last...

Basketball

Filipino basketball players are starting to become global commodities — and even NBA prospects. It started when 7-foot-3 big man Kai Sotto signed with...

Basketball

Overtime Elite has announced that Lebron Lopez has signed with the league. This means that the 18-year-old has turned pro. “We’re delighted to have...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Lebron Lopez was the last cut of Gilas Pilipinas before it left for Belgrade, Serbia for the 2021 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Despite performing...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Lebron Lopez will not be part of Gilas Pilipinas Men’s team that will fly to Belgrade for the 2021 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

The tune-up match between Gilas Pilipinas and Team Dragon (China) on Wednesday will be treated as a real game. Table officials and Samahang Basketbol...

Advertisement