Dominican Guard Emerging as Top Prospect

2015 guard Luis Monteiro might be sketchy with his English but his game is sharp

Class of 2015 guard Luis Monteiro just moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic this summer. Monteiro says he came to America, “to have the opportunity to play at the next level and go to college.”

Monteiro, a 6'7” point guard, plays at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, MA. W&M head coach Chris Sparks describes Monteiro's adjustment, “He likes it a lot here and he's adjusted fine. It's been a challenge but he's doing well.” Sparks adds, “He comes from a really humble background, he's got nothing. This is all really new to him, it's all very much a new experience for him.”

Monteiro, who did not come to America speaking fluent English, addresses the language barrier, “At first it was very difficult but now it's getting better,” he adds, “basketball is pretty much the same here as in the Dominican.

Sparks says Monteiro's strengths as a player are his shooting, athleticism, and passing, saying, “he see's the floor very well.” Monteiro's coach also addresses his weaknesses, “he needs to get a lot stronger. He needs to get better with the ball, be more efficient and not dribble too much.”

Monteiro says his preseason practices have gone very well, and he is becoming friends with his teammates, “I love my teammates and I love being here,” said the point guard. Wilbraham & Monson is predicted to be one of the top prep school teams in New England, and features 2014 target Goodluck Okonoboh, the #10 center in the nation.

Even though he grew up in the Dominican, Monteiro still watched NBA games regularly. He says his favorite player is Kevin Durant, and he thinks if he keeps working he can be on Durant's level one day.

Just months ago, Monteiro was playing basketball in Santo Domingo, his hometown in the Dominican, and was virtually unknown to NCAA scouts and coaches, things have certainly changed.

In August, Monteiro erupted onto the recruiting scene at Scott Hazelton Basketball Camp in Andover, MA, which featured some of the nations top talent and was packed with recruiters. Monteiro stole the show and is now considered one of the top recruits in the class of 2015 and is receiving attention from some of the nations top programs.

Monteiro has received visits from Kentucky coach John Calipari and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon. Calipari paid the sophomore point guard a visit the day before the Harrison Twins were set to make their announcement, showing the high level of interest the Kentucky coach has in Monteiro.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon also came to visit for a workout and has kept in touch with Monteiro by sending frequent letters in the mail.

Turgeon and Calipari recently went head to head in the biggest battle of the 2013 class- Andrew and Aaron Harrison. Turgeon lost that battle, but is showing that he is still not afraid to go after the top recruits in each class and compete with the nations top programs for talent.

Other schools that have expressed interest in Monteiro are Virginia and Manhattan, with which Monteiro has a family connection.

Still a sophomore, Monteiro says he is wide open when it comes to his final decision. He says he does not know a lot about the colleges, having not grown up in America, and is just enjoying all of the attention he is getting.

One thing Monteiro does know is that his goal is to play in the NBA. He says he wants to go to a college that will enable him to play basketball professionally.

Monteiro, just 16, has plenty of time to talk to coaches, learn about colleges, and decide where he wants to play. For now he is just trying to adjust to life in America, become fluent in English, and improve his basketball skills so he can remain one of the most coveted targets in the class of 2015.

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