Malcolm Duvivier: Hometown Hero

Written By Rahsean Simpson

A Three-star recruit coming out of basketball powerhouse St. Michael’s college in Toronto, Ontario. Malcolm made a name for himself across the border playing with Canada’s premier AAU team, CIA Bounce. The exposure from AAU and his senior year OFSAA Championship, landed him a full-ride scholarship to the Oregon State Beavers. 

Toronto Native, Malcolm Duvivier has always taken it upon himself to represent Toronto’s basketball scene the best way he knows how, building the basketball culture from within. With numerous big-time prep school offers from the likes of Brewster Academy, St. Bonaventure and Huntington Prep, Malcolm chose to stay home with the intentions of building a culture here in Canada. After reclassifying for his last year of high school, Oregon State was a huge steppingstone in Malcolm’s life, taking his talents down south for the first time. There was an adjustment period like any transition in life, fortunately Malcolm had numerous guys that he could look up to at Oregon State. Led by the PAC-12 leading scorer Roberto Nelson and future Toronto Raptor Eric Mooreland. 

After averaging double digit minutes in all three years at Oregon State, Malcolm became a big piece for the Beavers. However, an injury derailed Malcolm’s time at Oregon state following his Junior season. After taking a year away from the program, he felt like he needed a change in scenery after graduating, he then found himself in the NCAA transfer market. Ultimately, he decided to transfer to the University of Akron and play under legendary Coach Keith Dambrot (who coached Lebron James in high school). This turned out to be a great decision, as he doubled his scoring, while starting every game, and averaging 14.3 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 rebounds. Malcolm led the Akron Zips to the quarter finals of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and to a home record of 12-4.

After graduating with honors in finance, Malcolm decided to start his professional career overseas. His first season overseas as a professional was in the Israeli second division in North Israel. This experience was short lived; however, it was a great learning curve for Malcolm to experience what a professional basketball player truly feels like.  Malcolm is known to be “home grown”, so he decided to bring himself back home in Canada and played for the NBL. Malcolm played for the Halifax Hurricanes and the Sudbury Five, in which both teams implemented Malcolm into their systems successfully. Most recently due to the coronavirus pandemic, Malcolm found himself playing in the CEBL Summer Series for the Fraser Valley Bandits, in which they finished 2nd, losing to the Edmonton Stingers in the finals.

Malcolm has always realized that there is more to life than just basketball, a hard concept for most basketball players to accept.  Recently obtaining his mortgage license, Malcolm is going back to his roots and focusing on the little things that elevated his basketball game to a professional level. Now as he is maneuvering basketball and his financial career, Malcolm credits his focus and work ethic to the game of basketball, and the city that allowed him to grow. 

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