Former NBA scout and BasketballNews.com scouting advisor, Doc Martin, recently attended Overtime Elite’s opening weekend at their brand new arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Although Martin took notes on a number of the team’s prospects, he was asked to focus on Jean Montero, who is currently ranked No. 16 on BasketballNews.com's 2022 NBA Draft Big Board.
Here is Martin's scouting report on Montero:
Jean Montero | Overtime Elite
|Height: 6-2||Position: Guard|
|Weight: 172||Draft Day Age: 19.1|
|Wingspan: 6-4||Nationality: Dominican Republic|
Roles: Three-Level Scorer, Crafty Finisher, Facilitator, Floor General, Primary Ball-Handler
Strengths: Jean Montero is the type of guard that can score, but doesn't always look to score. He has a presence and command on the floor, and plays at a really good pace. He handles the ball well enough to where he never seems to be in a rush with one or multiple defenders around him. Montero has the type of skill where he can see the action before it happens. He plays downhill in pick-and-roll actions and routinely makes the simple play, dropping pocket passes, throwing lobs to the rim for rolling bigs or firing skip passes to the wings lifting out of the corners. What I love most about Montero — which is similar to college and NFL quarterbacks — is that he's able to throw to teammates who are open, getting them easy buckets. He can finish with either hand, whether it’s below or above the rim in transition. He plays unselfishly and advances the ball, and has solid shooting mechanics with NBA three-point range (and a few feet beyond).
Concerns: I would like to see Montero be a bit more disciplined defensively. There were several instances where guards were getting downhill just a bit too easily, mostly in the pick-and-roll actions.
- Does he have the physical gear to defend elite NBA point guards?
- There was no one at this event that could challenge him this weekend. How will he respond against equal or better competition?
Bottom Line: After watching Montero play this weekend, it's clear that he's Overtime Elite’s best pro prospect for the 2022 NBA Draft. He plays the right way and gets all of his teammates involved. He brings a lot of intangibles to the table that would make any coach feel comfortable with him on the floor. It would be hard to get it wrong by selecting this young man.