After his initial plan with DePaul University didn’t pan out, Kok Yat of Anchorage struck gold with Overtime Elite.

The 18-year-old rising basketball star signed a six-figure contract with OTE, a newly formed league comprised of 16-to-19-year-olds professionals based in Atlanta that will participate in a number of national showcase events.

Yat plays for one of OTE’s three nine-man teams that hit the court last weekend for the first time.

In four games, his team went 2-2 and he averaged 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game. His highs were 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks.

“I think I’ve been playing decent,” he said.

Turning pro wasn’t always the plan. Yat was a four-star recruit coming out of Georgia Class 7A power Norcross High and committed to DePaul and coach Dave Leitao, who recruited the Alaskan. But when the school fired Leitao, everything changed.

The 6-foot-8 NBA prospect decided to bypass college altogether and sign with OTE.

“It was an easy decision because of how many ex-pros and NBA talent is around,” he said.

Yat’s Alaska ties run deep. He grew up in Anchorage and attended Romig Middle School. He still has family here.

“Alaska is definitely home,” Yat said.

He is cousins with Anchorage’s JT Thor, who just last month became the fourth Alaskan to play in the NBA. The two of them have played side by side for years.

“We transferred to Norcross the same year,” Yat said. “I went to school with him at Huntington Prep too.”

He wants to make his own name. Anybody who knows Yat, knows that.

“I think something people don’t know is that I’m really athletic too,” Yat said.

Yat is still incredulous that he’s really a pro athlete. To him, he’s still just playing the game he loves, even if the stakes are higher.

“It doesn’t feel like a job. I don’t think basketball can ever feel like a job because my love for the game is so deep,” Yat said. “The money is cool, but my end goal is to play in the NBA.”

Yat’s game has a little Tracy McGrady to it – a stretch-the-floor sharpshooter who can finish at the rim.

In his first batch of games, Yat made more 3-pointers (11) than he did 2-pointers (9) in his first four games.

He also had a block party with seven rejections.

“Definitely at or above the rim,” he said of his blocked shots.

Yat said the OTE experience has changed his life.

In addition to getting paid, he’s training with former NBA players (Damien Wilkins, Ryan Gomes, Kevin Ollie) and getting coached by former NBA personnel (Tim Fanning).

“They are really pushing me,” Yat said. “I feel like I’ve already gotten way better.”

Now he just needs to bulk up. The 6-8 high riser weighs only 185 pounds, but he has a strength and conditioning coach who will help him stronger.

“That’s the biggest priority for the year,” Yat said.