Montrael Scott is a 25 year old 190cm guard playing in his fourth professional season and first with the VfL Sparkassenstars Bochum (Germany-ProB). Last season he played with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProB) playing 27 games Score-3 (18.8ppg), 7.0rpg, Assists-5 (5.6apg), 2.1spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 72.2%. He played his first two professional seasons in Kosovo for Golden Eagle Ylli (Kosova-SuperLeague) playing 15 games: Score-2 (20.8ppg), 4.7rpg, Assists-2 (5.5apg), Steals-1 (3.6spg), FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 70.0% and for KB Trepca Mitrovice (Kosovo-SuperLeague) playing 27 games averaging 14.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 68.4%;and played 9 Balkan League games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.3%. He began his basketball career with Prairie View A&M (NCAA) in 2011 playing a total of 124 NCAA games and as a senior played 29 games averaging 15.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 74.7%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his basketball career.
Montrael thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Your playing your second season in Germany after playing your first two seasons in Kosovo. Has Germany become like a second home for you or could Kosovo give Germany a good run for the money?
Man that’s a tough decision but I’m going to have to say Germany has become like a second home for me. Mostly because of the country itself. From living in Essen last year to now Bochum, I have been shown nothing but love.
Congrats on reaching the playoffs with the VfL AstroStars Bochum (Germany-ProB). How thrilled are you have made this achievement after having the tough season last year with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets where you had great stats, but the team didn’t perform well?
Man words can’t even describe how excited I am to achieve one of my goals for this season. Yet, it’s still work to be done and a lot of basketball left. Last season we were great before Christmas break and after we lost a key player. Those guys that I played with in Essen were by far great guys and even better teammates. We just fell short. Now this year, I’m looking to help Bochum make a deep run in playoffs.
It was an exciting last game day in the Pro B North. Bochum snuck in with a 81-79 win against the Sixers. How did you survive the last minute and what was key for getting the win?
Game was a great one and hard fought by our ball club. Survived the last minute by locking in on defense and getting stops. The key to winning was our IDENTITY!! Last game, we got back to that and we came out on top. We still have work to be done as well.
The VfL AstroStars Bochum (Germany-ProB) had a solid 9-5 record at the Christmas break, but went 2-6 after that. What did the team get away from in this phase? The team gave up 80 points or more in each game.
We basically just got away from who we were and what we were known best to do. Our identity and our aggression is what we got away from. Also, having fun and being confident in ourselves. Just the minor things are what we got away from but we are back now.
Do you feel the last regular season win and new coaches with Felix Engel and Petar Topalski will give the team continued added energy as it plays the playoffs?
First Lets not discredit the work and job Gary Johnson did from day one with this team and putting us in the position to be great. Now with Felix and Petar being the new coaches, nothing’s changed but us being the team we were when we had the great start to the season. With their coaching and enthusiasm, we are going to have hell of energy because our goal was to make playoffs and fight to move up to Pro A.
You start in the playoffs against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. How excited are you to playing against a team that has many young German talents and what will be key to getting the win?
I don’t have much knowledge on them but Bochum did play them first round last year so I’m eager to play against them. I have watched film on them and they play very fast plus have high intensity. Key to winning is just us playing together and playing full 40 minutes of Bochum basketball. Our identity will be the key for us during our playoff run.
It is rare to see Spaniards in the German leagues and even rarer to see two Spaniards on one team. How important have your teammates Alberto Del Hoyo and Eduard Arques been for the success and what have you appreciated most about their play?
Al and Edu are very important to the success we’ve had thus far. Al is the spark plug when we need a quick 3 or slash to the goal. Edu is in my eyes one of the best foreign bigs in the league. He can score around the basket whenever. Love those guys like their my own brothers. It’s always amazing to see them play because Spanish guys play with a different style of play and it is fun to watch.
How much did you appreciate the game of Felix Engel? How much of a void has his season ending been for the team on the court and how has he mastered his new job coaching as of now?
Felix was one of the main reasons I chose to sign with Bochum this year. I watched him all last season and love his game plus his intensity a lot. There is a void there most certainly because you need that primary playmaker on the court at times. So at times, it shows in our games when we need that but I do my best to fill that void when I can. He has the coaching mastered from his coaching career with the young kids but he brings a different vibe and he can relate to us as well. So I think he had and will master it plus help us during this playoff push.
How important has Mark Gebhardt been this season and how will his creating continue to be vital with guys like Felx Engel departed and Marco Buljevic injured?
Mark is one of our captains and best defender. He plays smart and he does the little things that most people don’t even notice. He’s not afraid of the challenge and he can also make himself plus his teammates better. He’s sort of like a Draymond Green caliber player that we love having.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 190cm guard that can fill the stat sheet at ease. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit that description?
I’ve always been asked this and could never really pin point a particular player. If I had to take a guess, I would say Jrue Holiday. I like his game and how calm he plays the game. He also can score at ease but what compares me to him is his ability to get his teammates the ball to score as well. Love his game for sure.
You never averaged more than 1,9apg in the NCAA, but as a pro was second best in the Kosovo league in assists and had extremely high assist averages. How do you explain that rise in your passing stats?
Great you asked that but I’m a natural point guard. Coming into PV, I was recruited to be a point guard and that’s what I did. First two years I didn’t play as much as I liked but when I did, I played well. My rise basically just comes from me having that point guard IQ and getting my teammates in positions to score. When you can score at will, a lot of teams focus their defense on stopping you and that’s when I get to show my passing ability. I’m a natural point guard but since junior year of college, I became an effortless scorer!!
As a junior at Prarie View (NCAA) you shot 40% from outside, but haven’t done it yet as a professional. Is crafting your three pointer one of the big areas that you continue to work on?
Yea my three point percentage hasn’t been where I would like I to be the season thus far. It’s all about being confident and shooting it with ease. If I get hot, It can be deadly for opposing teams. I do continue to work on it during the season but mostly off season. That will be one of my main focuses this coming up off season too.
You work hard and play efficient at both ends of the court. Is defense a big part of your game that will always get your offense going on those night where your offense hasn’t taken off yet?
Defense is a big part of my game and I don’t take it lightly. It is a key part of my game especially when I’m having a difficult game. If and when I want too, I can be one of the best defenders in Germany Pro B. Defense wins championships and if I can help my team with my intensity of defense, IM ALL FOR IT!!!
Last season you played with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProB) averaging 18.8ppg, 7.0rpg, Assists-5 (5.6apg), 2.1spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 72.2%. Despite the season not being good in the wins column, how do you feel did your game grow another step?
I feel my game just kept getting better and better. I knew going into the games, I would have to score and do whatever it took just for us to even have a chance to win. My teammates trusted in me to carry them and that’s what I did. I just turned into a scoring machine that knew regardless what happened, I was going leave everything I had on the court for my team.
Was your 38 game explosion in the 107-103 win over Cuxhaven last season one of your best games as a professional player? And do you rub that win in Florian Wendeler’s face at times this season to give him a hard time?
I would say it was probably the second best while in Germany as seeing I had a 30 point triple double in playdowns as well. Also I had a 30 point triple double while in Kosovo too. So I think it ranks Top 5. Hahaha we’ve spoken about it maybe once or twice that’s about it. Flo is my guy.
You played two seasons in Kosovo. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home?
I think I didn’t realize I was so far away from home until maybe like the second month. I wouldn’t say it was tough but it was mind blowing in a sense.
How important was it having American Landon Atterberry as a teammate as a rookie. He was also a rookie with Golden Eagle Ylli (Kosova-SuperLeague). How comforting was it having him and not being alone your rookie season?
Me and Landon were roommates until he left after Christmas. It was comforting much because our flights were together as well. We still talk to this day and see how one is doing in their season.
You played at Prairie View A&M (NCAA) from 2011-2015 playing 124 NCAA games. What was your biggest achievements there? Possibly reaching the SWAC final twice in 2013 and 2014?
My biggest accomplishments were scoring over 1000 points in my career. Another one would be helping my team reach the Swac Final twice. Oh yeah, Me and my team went on a 7 game win streak which was one of the best in history. It’s many more accomplishments but those are just a few. Let’s not forget I graduated while being a student athlete!!!
You were able to improve your scoring average each season. How do you feel did you mature as a player in the four years there?
My first two years were rough because I knew I was good but college being good can only get you so much. The summer before going into my junior year, I just went home and was in the gym literally playing every day. I would go shoot in the morning and in the evening play pick up. It also was more of me being confident and knowing I was going to be one of the main leaders/scorers on my team.
Even though you lost the game to UCLA as a junior 95-71, you led all scorers with 27 points and held your own against the Wear brothers, Bryce Alford, Zach Levine and Norman Powell. What memories do you have of that game and do you feel like people took notice of you after that game?
Memories I have from the game was just being able to compete against those caliber players and just see where my game was compared to them. Also getting recognition from the Pac 12 commentators who actually felt and knew I could play amongst those guys. Also got to talk to a few NBA greats that game too.
How did head coach Byron Rimm the second groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Prairie View (NCAA)
What many don’t know is my relationship with Coach Rimm was bigger than basketball. He was that father figure I needed away from home. He always believed in me and my teammates every game we played. He gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to become a pro. To this day, we still talk and remember when I was at PV.
Who won a one on one in practice back in the day you or Tre Hagood?
If you ever wanted to see two high intense guys go at it day in day out in practice, we were those guys. Tre pushed me to be a better scorer I am. We had our battles but I think he may be up in the win column on me as of now. Talk to him almost every day now
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
Pierre Jackson or Zach Levine.
If you had to pick your personal favorite starting five of teammates over the years which players would you chose?
Tre Hagood, Reggis Onwukamuche, Nick Tufegdzich, Louis Munks, and John Brisco
If you had to construct your very own NBA mount Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick?
-Lebron James -Larry Bird -Kobe -Shaq
What is your personal opinion about the never ending debate of who is the greatest between Michael Jordan and Lebron James?
My personal opinion is Lebron is the GOAT!! Why I say that is because I’ve watched Lebron literarily since he started in the league. Never discredit MJ game nor his accomplishments but in my era, The GOAT is Lebron!!!
What was the last movie that you saw? –
Thanks Montrael for the chat.