Persistence. Toughness. Relentless. Warrior
Just a few words to describe Malcolm Duvivier.
He’s been a representation of hard work on the Canadian high school basketball scene for years, and now the time has come where Malcolm Duvivier will graduate from St. Michael’s College and move on to play at Oregon State University for the Beavers and Coach Craig Robinson in the PAC 12.
Duvivier was an integral piece of SMC’s AAAA provincial Championship this year under Coach Jeff Zownir, where his team solidified their position at number one. In many ways he was the leader of this young, talented squad and someone that the future of SMC looked up to.
His championship teammate, Rayshane Case, who is also looking to commit in the near future [leaning towards Western] comments on the effect Duvivier’s presence had on the rest of the team.
“I’ve never played against a player like Malcolm, he’s always in your face on defense and he’s so strong. He made sure that every one of us was on top of their game and challenged everyone at practice. Coming off his knee surgery, he really lit a flame for all the young guys because he went right back to work and came back better than before.”
Case continues, “He’s been a major factor because he demanded the best out of all of us, his determination is out of this world. I think overall Godwin (Boahen) and some other younger guys have really taken in a lot from Malcolm and been influenced.”
Whether with the Blue Raiders, representing Canada at the FIBA Americas, MVPing for team Ontario, or on the circuit with CIA Bounce he has been proven to make the players around him better.
We caught up with Malcolm after he had committed and here’s what he had to say.
“Oregon State was originally recruiting me for 2014, so I knew they wanted me, but when coach found out that I was eligible for 2013 he knew he wanted me there right away.”
The OSU basketball program know what they are getting as they picked up a steal out of Toronto.
“We have one primary ball handler right now and I can be the next guy coming in to fill that spot and defend. Its a high level guard conference so I’m looking forward to it,” continued Duvivier.
What Coach Robinson has gained is a work horse with a relentless work ethic. He is consistently on pursuit to improve in all aspects of his game and is a true definition of what an NCAA level player should look like in terms of his physique. For all the years that we’ve tracked Duvivier as a prospect, there was never a slump in his conditioning ; he has become stronger, faster, leaner and more athletic as the years have passed.
With former OSU guard Ahmad Starks transferring out closer to home, Duvivier has an opportunity to earn minutes right away as he is a very strong on ball defender that can score and make plays for teammates.
The chip on Duvivier’s shoulder could possibly be lifted off with his commitment…either that, or more likely the exact opposite. The hunger to prove himself is now magnified at the next level.