Do the Thompson Twins Have a Shot?
Future lottery picks Amen and Ausar Thompson are two of the most athletic prospects you'll ever see. The big question: Can they develop their jumpers?
While the NBA scouting world has focused its attention on Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson, a contingent of NBA front-office personnel and scouts were in Phoenix recently to check out a set of twins expected to be selected early in next June’s draft.
In a sign of the times, at least four of the top 10 NBA draft prospects — including the top two or three — are playing outside of college basketball. That includes twin brothers Amen and Ausar Thompson of Overtime Elite (OTE).
While the Thompson twins might remain largely outside the spotlight for casual fans, given that OTE lacks the exposure of the top NCAA teams, they are becoming well-known to draft observers and NBA scouts.
In its second year, OTE continues to face questions about the level of competition it provides for NBA prospects. Is it essentially “glorified high school,” as some have called it, or an emerging powerhouse for player development? Or both?