His talent falls in love. His maturity surprises and his leadership instinct suggests that the best possible level of basketball is not far away for him.
Jean “El Problema” Montero, responsible for charging the Dominican Republic’s offense in the historic game against Argentina where they got a ticket to the Basketball World Cup, has been “a great man since I was little.”
The 19-year-old young man, who is on the cover of promotional images of the World Cup published by the International Basketball Federation, along with NBA stars such as Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum and Nikola Jokic, from a very young age was considered a prodigy in the sport of the hoop and the ball, standing out above his contemporaries.
From Juan Erazo street with Mauricio Báez corner in Villa Juana, Montero found his first date with his great love, basketball, at the DOSA club.
Then he went to the Mauricio Báez club, where he continued to develop his talent to the point of becoming a national team in minor categories.
In 2017, at the age of 13, he had his first experience with the 10 letters of -Dominicana- on his chest.
He did it in the U16 event of the Americas in which he made his debut against Mexico and scored 14 points, playing against older players and physical size. He finished with averages of 9 points in 19 minutes and also contributed to the classification of the Dominican team to the U17 category World Cup event. In 2018 he led the Dominican Republic to a gold medal in the CentroBasket U15 tournament.
He was selected Most Valuable Player by recording 25.8 points and 5 assists per game. At the 2019 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship, he was the face of the event at the age of 15, averaging 30.3 in scoring. He even had 49 points, 12 rebounds and six steals against Argentina in the bronze medal game that the Dominican Republic won.
as a professional
At the age of 16 in 2019, Montero signed an agreement with the Spanish club Gran Canaria. He started in the junior category and at the end of the season he was promoted to Leb Plata. Thanks to his outstanding performances, he had his coffee in the Endesa League with the main team, marking an unprecedented event for a Dominican player in a matter of age in the second best basketball league in the world.
In 2021 he left Gran Canaria, and signed with the Overtime team, belonging to the Overtime Team Elite (OTE), a professional league where talents are exhibited in search of reaching the NBA.
He averaged 16.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.4 steals in 24 appearances. His name appeared in the 2022 NBA Draft, but he was not selected by any team.
He signed an “Exhibit 10” contract with the New York Knicks and in the NBA Summer League, he participated in five games and averaged 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1 assist. He currently belongs to the Real Betis Basketball team of the ACB league.