LEWISTON, Maine -- Marcus and Malcolm Delpeche graduated from Bates College in June but their basketball careers are not over. The Delpeche twins signed contracts this week to play professionally in Europe with the Grevenbroich Elephants. They will fly to Germany on August 11 to start their professional careers.
The Elephants play in Germany's fourth division. The team recently announced the news on their website. The announcement included a statement from their head coach Hartmut Oehmen.
"They are fast, very athletic and able to defend," Oehmen said of the Delpeche twins. "They are also something for our fans with their jumping."
"On top of the world class education Bates provides, there is also an opportunity for our high level recruits to have a four-year impact on a program, which the twins certainly did," Bates head coach Jon Furbush '05 said. "I believe that experience is the best teacher and the fact that they both played in 100+ college games should prepare them well for this next chapter of their basketball careers."
Marcus Delpeche '17 (Wilmington, Del.) raised his scoring average each year with Bates, from 5.1 points per game as a freshman to 9.3 as a sophomore, 11.1 as a junior and finally 15.1 points per game this past season. The 6-foot-7 forward earned 1st team All-NESCAC honors and finished eighth in the NESCAC in scoring and third in rebounding, with a career-best 9.7 boards per game. He was equally impactful at the defensive end of the floor, both as an interior and perimeter defender.
Among his top performances this season, Marcus scored 28 points with 11 rebounds in Bates' 84-72 victory over then No. 4 nationally ranked Tufts on Jan. 28. He scored his 1,000th career point in the final game of the regular season and finished 32nd in team history with 1,025 points.
"This is the culmination of all the hard work we have both been putting in throughout short term and the summer," Marcus Delpeche said. "Besides working out five times a week and doing what we could to put our names out there, Malcolm and I also went to two combines and performed very well. And it was after the second combine where things really started taking off."
"Once I found out that we'd both be playing overseas and would be on the same team, that really made everything just that much more rewarding."
Malcolm Delpeche '17 (Wilmington, Del.) led the NESCAC in blocked shots with a career-high 3.1 blocks per game in 2016-17, setting Bates' single-game (7), single-season (74) and career (178) records along the way. He was fourth in the NESCAC in rebounds per game (8.8) and was second on the Bobcats in steals per game (0.9). The former Maine Rookie of the Year scored 7.1 points per game in each of his first two seasons, rose to 8.4 points per game as a junior, then leapt up to 13.2 points per game in 2016-17, 11th highest in the NESCAC. He is Bates' second-ever Defensive Player of the Year, joining point guard Zak Ray in 2007.
"It's both exciting and somewhat relieving to know that I get to share the same court as my brother one more time," Malcolm Delpeche said. "Especially when you're going to a foreign country you've never been to before. We know that it'll definitely make the whole transition that much easier."
"Knowing that you're getting paid to do what you love is a sensational feeling. I'm blessed and grateful to be in this position."