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Luis Montero: "It's a dream come true"
NASSAU (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) — After a wait that lasted several years, the Dominican Republic's National Team may finally count in the court with one of its main basketball promises.
The shooting guard and power forward will make his official debut with the senior men’s team in the second FIBA window that will begins on Thursday in the Bahamas. Montero, who has NBA basketball experience, did not shy away his excitement of being able to wear his country's colors.
“It's a dream come true. We're here to give our best,” Luis Montero
Montero is a 6’7” scorer that can occupy the shooting guard and small forward positions —and who could even play as power forward. The native Santo Domingo player arrives at a Dominican team that is currently undefeated, with 2-0 in Group D of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.
“I feel very good to be in this group. I think we have a good team and I am very proud to be here,” said 24-year old Montero.
On Tuesday, on what will be his first official practice with the squad led by Melvyn López, Montero assured that he felt comfortable with his coach’s game style.
“The plays aren't too difficult or complicated. We’ll use plays to our favor and I feel comfortable in the system that Melvyn has,” Montero underlined. “I have to be very focused; we're going forward,” added the player, who seemed happy with the group of veteran team mates with which he will share the floor in the games against Bahamas (February 22) and Virgin Islands (February 25).
For this window, the Dominican Republic will feature several renowned figures of their country, such as Rigoberto Mendoza, Víctor Liz, Sadiel Rojas, Ronald Ramón, Eloy Vargas and Edward Santana. In his first experience with the National Team, Montero wishes to learn from the more experienced players.
“We're team mates and we understand each other. We're a family,” Montero emphasized. “I have to learn from them. They're veterans, I have to take from them all I can. I always like to learn and ask questions about my game,” said Moreno, who played at the NBA Portland Trailblazers.