If b-ball is life, Dan Porter wants you to live yours to the fullest.
Porter, the original CEO of mobile gaming company OMGPOP and creator of Draw Something, is the man behind Overtime, an app that features highlights of amateur basketball action from all over the country and lets users upload their own.
Launched in 2015, Overtime was the result of a missed shot, or more precisely, when Porter missed his son scoring a winning basket.
Pulling up the app at the Mashable office immediately brought up highlights from The Cage, a well-known basketball court in downtown Manhattan. Highlights can be shared on the app and on social media and also be embedded in websites.
The app is clean, simple and easy to use. It highlights top plays and features teams and schools that you might not even know. Users can select teams or athletes to follow or they can scroll through videos to watch young players as they dodge, weave, and dunk. The courts range from professional facilities to outdoor courts at parks to plastic hoops on the edge of a pool.
While Overtime is focused primarily on basketball, it does highlight other sports, including lacrosse, baseball and skateboarding. There is also a section specifically for funny moments on the field or court.
There’s also a serious side to the app. Currently, more than 100 AAU teams are on Overtime, and 75 of the ESPN Top 100 Athletes have profiles. The app’s founders now claim to have logged more than 10 million video views in June 2016.
“What makes Overtime great for fans is the ability to discover up-and-coming athletes and incredible moments that were never accessible before” Zack Weiner, Overtime’s head of business development, told Mashable. “The highlights people upload are so raw and exciting they make you really feel like you are there. Its also an opportunity to see the worlds rising elite athletes on a personal level.”
Weiner also stressed the real impact the app has had on amateur players.
“Some high school athletes have gotten calls from college coaches because of Overtime, and even NBA players are watching highlights on our app,” he said.
EJ Anosike, a senior at St. Thomas More High School in East Orange, New Jersey, and aspiring college player, is especially enthusiastic about the influence Overtime is having on his future.
“I use the app as a recruiting tool,” Anosike explained, “I need footage to send to colleges and coaches who have never seen me play.”
Anosike feels that the app has brought the basketball community closer together.
“Its like a big group of basketball players that can support each other using the app,” he said.