Abbotsford – The Fraser Valley Bandits announced Wednesday that the club has re-signed Malcolm Duvivier, for the upcoming 2021 Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season.

A 6-foot-2 guard, Duvivier is coming off the best season of his young professional career, where during the 2020 CEBL Summer Series he averaged 11.3 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game, on 42 per cent shooting from the field and three-point range, respectively, over six regular season games.

The Bandits named Duvivier defensive player of the year and team MVP for his stellar two-way play. 

Fraser Valley Bandits/ Malcolm Duvivier

“It’s an honour to re-sign with the Bandits for the 2021 season. After a championship berth last year, we have unfinished business to attend to and I can’t wait to put it all on the line for the Fraser Valley each time we take the court. We’re building a family-first culture and I’m proud to be part of a group that will inspire our fans and help grow the game in the community,” Duvivier said.

Duvivier’s assertive play on both sides of the ball made him a favourite among Bandits fans last season. His best stretch arrived when it mattered most on Aug. 5 versus the Guelph Nighthawks, and Aug. 8 against the Hamilton Honey Badgers.

On Aug. 5 against Guelph, the Toronto native recorded 14 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a double-double performance that cemented an 84-70 victory and a semifinal berth for Fraser Valley. Three days later, Duvivier posted 18 points and 8 rebounds in a do-or-die semifinal win over Hamilton, that sent Fraser Valley to the CEBL championship.

“Malcolm is a hidden Canadian gem. He embodies our culture of toughness, grit and leadership. We can count on him for a bucket and to shut down the best player on the other team,” Bandits General Manager Kyle Julius said. “Malcolm is a special and underrated Canadian player and I can’t wait to see him open more eyes this summer.”

Duvivier began his professional career with the Halifax Hurricanes in 2018-19, and made the NBLC All-Rookie team after a solid campaign where he averaged 8.2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists per game. Duvivier played the 2019-20 season for the Sudbury Five, where he continued to develop as a professional, elevating his averages to 9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Duvivier attended St. Michael’s College School, where he enjoyed a decorated high school career and was named St. Michael’s most valuable player four times, as part of a high school tenure that saw the team win four league championships. Duvivier began garnering national recognition during his high school career, as he represented Canada at both the 2011 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Americas U16, and 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships. In addition to starring for St. Michael’s, Duvivier was a standout for CIA Bounce, a notable Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) program that has helped foster NBA talents such as Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Jamal Murray, Dillon Brooks and more.

Duvivier began his collegiate career at Oregon State University (OSU), where he developed a reputation as a highflying and physical guard capable of soaring above defenders for both rebounds and dunks, during his time with the Beavers from 2013-16. Duvivier posted averages of 6.6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists per game on 38.9 and 35.1 per cent shooting from field goal and three-point range, respectively.

In his final season with the Beavers, Duvivier helped lead OSU to its first appearance in the March Madness NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament since 1990.

Duvivier then transferred to the University of Akron where he suited up for the Zips. He relished the best season of his collegiate career with the Zips, averaging 14.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game while connecting on 39 and 37.3 per cent of his field goal and three-point attempts. 

The Bandits open the 2021 season at home versus Edmonton on Saturday, June 5 at 1 p.m. PT at Abbotsford Centre. All regular season games will also be live streamed on the free CBC Gem streaming service, cbcsports.ca, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices and on a new OTT streaming platform that the CEBL will unveil this spring.

A league created by Canadians for Canadians, the CEBL has the highest percentage of Canadian players of any professional league in the country, with 80 percent of its 2020 rosters being Canadians. Players come from the NBA G League, top international leagues, the Canadian national team program, and top NCAA and U SPORTS programs.

More information about the Bandits is available at thebandits.ca, as well as on Instagram (@fvbandits.cebl), Twitter (@FV_Bandits), Facebook (@fvbandits.cebl), TikTok, and YouTube.

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