Malcolm Delpeche (204-PF-95, college: Bates)s a 25 year old 203cm forward that was born in Wilmington, Delaware, but also has the British citizenship and completed his fourth professional season and third with the WWW Baskets Muenster averaging 10.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 55.7%, FT: 50.9%. In his first two seasons with Munster he averaged 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 55.3%, FT: 59.1% and 10.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 54.5%. He played at Bates (NCAA3) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 100 games. In his senior year at Bates, he played 24 games averaging 13.2ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 63.1%. As a rookie he played with BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 24 games averaging 13.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 37.5%, FT: 64.0%, in Mar.’18 moved to Bristol Academy Flyers (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 12 games averaging 6.2ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 54.5%, FT: 70.0%. He is playing for the Bristol Academy Flyers (United Kingdom-BBL) now and spoke to germanhoops.com following the 20-21 season.
Malcolm thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?
Currently I’m back home in the states. Basketball life is currently treating me well! My body has recovered from the long season and I’ve already picked up my workouts again.
You played a full season during COVID-19. How did you experience this season with all the restrictions and drama of COVID-19 on and off the court?
You could really feel the effect that Covid had on the game of basketball, most evident through the lack of fans. This season the stadiums were silent and it was made quickly clear that each team would be responsible for bringing and maintaining their own energy. Thankfully we as a team were able to maintain a clean record and not suffer from any positive Covid tests that compromised our games. I think that I experienced this season overall pretty well given the circumstances. We were able to complete our regular season and complete our playoff run, not really much more you could ask for there.
What were the biggest challenges for you in getting through this season and trying to have as much success as possible?
I think the biggest challenge was just trying to stay engaged throughout the playoffs. We went through a period where due to positive Covid cases by certain teams we went over a whole month without games in the 2nd round. It was so frustrating and annoying.
It was a very successful season for the WWU Baskets Muenster. But how can one seriously rate a season like this where really each team had their difficulties with COVID-19?
I think that you can still rate the season pretty honest despite the effect Covid had on the season. For me personally I think that with such as season as this the mentally tough teams will be the ones who found the most success despite Covid.
You guys lost a tough three game series to Bochum. You had the momentum going into game three, but lost 97-86. What memories didn’t go away from that loss the days after?
Just the way we struggled to respond to their defensive pressure. They forced us to make a lot of turnovers and capitalized on them. We had a really hard time responding to their pressure.
I guess the regular season means nothing at the end when you don’t win the title. But still how would you summarize the season of the WWU Baskets Muenster? What was your fondest moment?
I think that this season was a really good season with a lot of good to take away from it. We overcame the pressures from Covid and found success with a brand new team (compared to the prior season).
Head coach Philipp Kappenstein continues to do very good work with the club. How have you seen him develop as a head coach in the last years?
I think that he continues to do an amazing job preparing us for our games. Between setting up the best match ups against our opponents, developing a solid game plan, creating effective plays, coach Philip is a master at what he does.
Let’s talk about your teammates. There are so many good guards in the Pro B and one of those is definitely Marck Coffin. How important was he for the success this season?
I can’t speak highly enough about Marck Coffin. He’s a big reason as to why I wanted to re-sign with Muenster this season. Marck has an excellent basketball iq, very skilled, an extremely hard worker, and he’s an excellent glue guy that every team needs. He was a critical factor to our team’s success.
One guy I enjoyed watching early in his career was Cosmo Gruehn. He made huge strides in Muenster the last two years. How is he a different player today then he was on day one in 2019?
Cosmo is an excellent ball player and is extremely talented. If you look at our playoff games against Bochum you can see just a glimpse of his skill for the game and the effect he has on our team. He’s matured a lot during his short career here.
Jasper Guenther took a step back last season from the Pro A and had a very strong Pro B season. How did you see him develop and is the younger brother of BBL legend Per ready now for the BBL?
Jasper is a beast in this league. I think the sky is the limit for him. If Jasper has a desire for the BBL I think that’s the only thing stopping him would be himself.
The club continues to develop many young German players. Which guy do you feel improved the most this season?
I think that it would have to be Cosmo!
Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 10,0ppg, 6,9rpg, 1,4apg and 1,0spg. How content were you with your game?
I think that I could’ve managed my fouls better during certain instances in the season but especially in the beginning. I couldn’t stay on the floor certain games which I definitely think hurt my game as well as the team. But for the most part I am happy with how my season went and my production.
You have played three consistent years in Muenster. What has been your secret to being a consistent pro B player?
I think that the biggest secret isn’t too much of a secret, it’s all hard work!
After your first season in Muenster you stated you found ways how to move without the ball to be effective. How do you feel did your game continue to grow in the last two seasons?
I feel like these last 2 years I’ve definitely improved as a passer and being a defensive anchor for the team. Whenever I have the ball I like to see what my teammates are doing off the ball and seeing if I can create an easy scoring opportunity for them. And defensively I think doing the little things like communicating early on screens or directing traffic in our 2-3 defenses.
You had many great games, but was your 20/10 game in the exciting 85-81 win over Itzehoe your most special?
I think for this season, this was definitely the most impactful and memorable game! Everything was going right for me that game.
Who was the toughest player that you faced in the Pro B this season?
The toughest player I faced in the Pro B this season that I faced would probably have to be Chris Hooper, because he’s relentless on the glass and draws fouls really well.
You have played three seasons with the WWU Baskets Muenster. Is this a club where you could imagine remaining and possibly becoming a WWU Baskets lifer?
On what areas of your game will you be working on most this summer to continue to improve your game?
Shooting the ball from 15+ feet. That is the missing key in my game and I feel will make my preferred style of play so much easier and allow me to be even more effective for my team.
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?
I would definitely rank Chris Paul top 3 TRUE point guards. A lot of players in the league play the point guard position but are not true point guards. Chris Paul has a Lebron-like effect on whichever team he plays for. I won’t be upset if the Suns win it all this season especially since the Lakers blew it.
How have you seen the development of Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum? He has scored 50 plus points this season and recently 60. Where will his journey go as a player in the next years?
I think Jason Tatum will eventually lead his team to a championship to be honest. Especially if the Celtics keep their young’s stars together and build around him. Sky is the limit for him.
Dino Radja recently said he couldn’t see Russell Westbrook leading a team in Europe to success. Do you agree?
Yes I agree with his assertion, I’m not quite sure Russel’s game will totally transfer here in Europe. I think that he’s still be impactful based on pure athleticism alone, there aren’t a lot of players that would be able to keep up with him. But teams would get wise to his style of play eventually, especially because in Europe teams actually play real defense.
Draymond Green recently said he is the best defender of all-time. Do you agree?
I don’t agree with that at all. He’s definitely up there, but best all time? Negative.
Have you seen the Coming to America sequel? It has had mixed reviews. Shouldn’t they just have left it alone?
I saw it. It wasn’t completely bad. But I think sometimes a classic should remain a classic and be left alone.
Thanks Malcolm for the chat.