As an athlete at Overtime, Warren still attends regular classes in the afternoon after training and practice on weekdays. He could get a high school diploma and eventually take college-level courses. At the same time, he would be earning at least $100,000 with on-court performance bonuses of over $1 million.
“Not too many 17-, 18-, 19-year-olds can say they made at least $100K,” Warren told CNBC. “We’re just really getting a head start on life, just playing the game we love.”
Warren uses part of his salary to make a positive impact on the community by investing in a local co-educational AAU basketball team in his hometown in Arkansas which helps support kids from 2nd to 6th grade.
Moreover, Warren is looking forward the most to reach his NBA dream. He hopes that joining Overtime Elite serves as a stepping stone for him to get drafted into the NBA one day. He is aware that the path he chose to take was not usual for teenagers like him, but he is confident that he would continue towards his success.
“You could see Overtime as a risk, or you can see it as an opportunity,” he says. “This is the opportunity I chose, and it’s the one I’m going to live with, and I’m at peace now.”
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