|Representing the Dominican Republic|
|Central American and Caribbean Games|
|FIBA CBC Championship|
|2007 Puerto Rico||Team|
Ivan Almonte was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to his father Radhames and mother Altagracia Almonte. His brothers Erick and Hector are also professional baseball players. He is currently divorced and has two young children. Ivan Played basketball and baseball at Liceo Union Panamericana in Santo Domingo where he averaged 25 points and 9 rebounds as a prep senior and once scored 56 points in a single game.
He played with the Dominican National Team at the 2001 Under-21 World Championships and has represented Dominican Republic in other prestigious events as well. From 2002 to 2004, he attended Southeastern Community College in Iowa where he averaged 11.6 points with 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists, both years he won the NJCAA national championships under head coach Joe O'Brien. From 2004 to 2006, Ivan Almonte attended Florida International University, where he averaged 16 points with 10.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists.