Montrael Scott (191-PG-93, college: PVAMU) is a 28 year old 190cm guard that finished his fifth professional season and second with the EN Baskets Schwelm (Germany-ProB) playing 29 games averaging 16.8ppg, 6.6rpg, Assists-5 (6.5apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 85.2%. In his first season with the EN Baskets Schwelm he played 22 games averaging 17.5ppg, 6.0rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), 2.3spg, FGP: 57.2%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 81.5%. In 2018-2019 he played with the VfL Sparkassenstars Bochum (Germany-ProB) avergaing 15.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.8apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.6%. In 2017-2018 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%. This SUMmer he played with the Metroplex Lightning (PBA). He spoke to germanhoops.com after the 2020-2021 season.
Montrael thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you and how is basketball life treating you?
I’m back in Dallas now just enjoying the family and friends. Basketball life is treating me well so far.
What was the first eatery that you visited after touching down in Dallas?
First thing I ate was Golden Chick. A chicken spot in Dallas
Before we talk about basketball, I have to ask you about COVID. What was the most challenging thing for you in your second season with COVID?
I think the most challenging thing would have to be not being able to move around how I wanted too. Being on lock down kind of sucked as well.
How can one honestly rate this season with all the drama that went on with COVID? Every team had their problems.
I can rate our season as a blessing in disguise. On a scale of 1-10, I’d rate it as a 8.5. Our team gained so much chemistry with being around each other everyday. Mentally, it was the most challenging for sure.
Congrats on an amazing season and getting to the Pro B semi-finals. How much did it hurt not to reach the final?
Thank you. It hurt me a lot simply because I wanted to make it to finals for my guys. Being one of the leaders of my team, it was my goal to get us to finals. Yet, It didn’t hurt as much as some thought because this season was by far one of the best for me personally but, also for SCHWELM!!!
What kind of emotions did you have when you began the season at 2-3? Was the huge potential then just not used yet?
I mean I had no real emotions because every team has its ups and it’s downs. Have to think, we were still figuring out our chemistry. We never lost hope on what could be and in fact did, turned out to be a HELL OF A SEASON.
How key was it for the end stretch winning against Duesseldorf and Bernau and then beating Itzehoe twice?
HUGE for us because that gave us the confidence we needed to know that we could beat any team we faced. Beating Itzehoe twice is not easy but we managed to stick together and did what we needed to do.
You played Itzehoe tough in the semi-finals but lost. What was missing to beating them?
Hats off to Itzehoe man. I wouldn’t have wanted to battle with any other team than them. If we are being honest, we were just gassed. It was a long season, bodies were banged up and they just had a little more juice left in them to capture the semi finals. My guys and I left everything we had on the court and that’s why we can be happy about the results even if it weren’t the ones we wanted.
How much respect do you have for Itzehoe head coach Pat Elzie who was always able to maneuver his team from adversary and get them on the winners street?
Coach Pat is one of my fav coaches to play against but also one of my favorite people to just know. The things he instills into his guys, is the reason they are always top 4 in Pro B. He just has a thing for winning and it shows every year I’ve played against him and his teams.
What was special about this seasons team that wasn’t there last season?
The team this year were a family. Like I can really talk about this year’s team and just everything that went into being as great as we were. We had a mixture of young/middle/older guys. Most days the young guys pushed us older guys and that’s very rare. So I’d say we actually became more of a FAMILY this season!
Let’s talk about your teammates. You played your second season with Anell Alexis. He continues to make big strides with his game. Last season you stated it was his creating for himself that improved. But how did he make another step in his game this season?
Anell is the type of player that most teams would like on their team. He has the body frame and he can play 3-5 position. This season he took another step in not settling and being more aggressive whether it was drawing fouls or just getting to the basket.
How key were guys Dario Fiorentino and Milen Zavhariev for keeping the team together and just being consistent?
My guys. Love these two man. Dario, with it being his final season, gave us everything he had left in him. Definitely enjoyed my two years with him and was honored to share the court with him for the last time. Milen was probably our best player this season. I say that because most of the nights, he had to guard the best player but also still being able to play on the offensive end like he did. His confidence grew over the summer and it showed this season. He should have been Most Improved Player Of Pro B this year. Whoever gets him next season, they are going to see why!
What steps did you see young German player Marco Hollersbach make? He is a huge German talent and has found his path in the Pro B.
Marco is one of those young guys who has a lot of upside to his game. Coming off a knee injury and playing the way he did was great for his confidence. Next season will be a great year for him I think.
Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 16.8ppg, 6.6rpg, Assists-5 (6.5apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 85.2%. Your stats were just a tad down from last season. You played the same amount of minutes per game as last season, but 7 games more. How content were you with your season?
I’m content with my season on how far we made it and the growth I have seen in my game. It was a mentally challenged season for me overall. My numbers were up and down all season but I can live with how I finished out especially leading my team to the semi finals.
I love this quote from you. ‘I’m 10 times better as a point guard. My IQ for the game and getting my teammates the ball is what makes me a natural point’. How do you feel did you make new steps as a point guard with the special brand of teammates’?
I made a huge step from last season when it comes to getting my guys the ball. Also, they’ll tell you Every time I passed them the ball, I told them to shoot it or score. I built the confidence with my teammates through the season and it showed. I knew exactly where each one of my teammates scoring area was on the floor.
On what area’s of your game will you be working on most this summer so you will be prepared to make the next step in the Pro A?
I’m focusing on my strength and my shooting as always. I’m looking to put on at least 10 pounds of muscle this summer. It won’t be easy but I’m up for the task definitely!
Your three pointer continues to be a work in progress. Does your playmaking at times interfere mentally with being able to connect from outside?
It does interfere a lot because I look to get my guys the ball. I’m not afraid to shoot the 3 but often, I never take the shot. Milen was one of the main guys who always was like shoot the ball Monty!
Last summer you focused on working on your three pointer. Will that be the same this summer?
It will be another focus this summer along with just building up my strength plus my finishing at the rim too.
You had super games in all against Itzehoe. What was your favorite?
I’d have to go with the first playoff game at home against them. Me and Falk had a y’all right before tip off. He told me lead the team and keep them composed. Me being a player who often steps up in big games, I had to lead them plus give that confidence.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the Pro B this season?
As for opposing team, probably Chris Hooper If I’m speaking on my team, David Ewald!
Chris Paul recently passed Magic Johnson for fifth all-time in assists. Where do you rank him with the best point guards all-time despite never having won a ring?
Chris Paul is the best point guard in NBA this year. That’s my opinion. All-Time I’d say he’s top 10!
Where do you see the journey going with Jayson Tatum who recently scored 60 points? Is he a top 10 player in the NBA now?
Jayson Tatum journey we be a great one to witness. He may be top 10 for some people but for me, he’s top 15 for sure!
Dino Radja recently said he couldn’t see Russell Westbrook leading a team in Europe to success. Do you agree?
I mean I don’t think there’s any guy overseas that could put up the numbers he does. I think he could lead a team in Europe but for a championship contender? Heck no! Just wouldn’t work in my eyes
Draymond Green recently said that he is the best defender on the planet. Do you agree?
Uhhh he’s Top 10 for sure but not the best one.
Have you seen the Coming to America sequel? It has had mixed reviews. Shouldn’t they just have left it alone?
For me, it was actually okay. I do think they could’ve made it way more exciting but hey it was something they thought of doing again.
Thanks Montrael for the chat.