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Posted Friday, July 27th 2018

Bristol Flyers re-sign Marcus Delpeche

Bristol Flyers have retained the services of Marcus Delpeche on a one-year extension.

The 6ft7in forward, who originally joined in March, has now committed to the club until the end of the 2018/19 season.

Delpeche made eight appearances for Bristol last season and played a crucial role in helping the club reach the BBL play-off semi-finals for first time in franchise history.

"I’m really looking forward to this coming year,” Delpeche told bristolflyers.co.uk.

"Everybody was really welcoming when I joined back in March, so it’ll be nice to play for a full season.

"It’ll be nice to start from the beginning with this new-look team and develop with them as the season goes on.


"We didn’t want our momentum to finish last year, especially with it being our most successful year in the the BBL. We had a winning record and we made it to the semi-finals of the play-offs.

"I’ve been in touch with Coach a lot over the summer and he’s been able to tell me what he expects this season.

"He wants me to be able to face up to the basket a bit more this season and really develop my mid-range game.

"In the BBL you’ll have to face people as tall if not taller than you, so I have to adapt to bring something else to the table."

 

Marcus first joined Bristol Flyers back in March alongside his brother Malcolm
Prior to joining the Flyers, Delpeche played NCAA Division III basketball at Bates College, where he earned first team all-NESCAC honours in his senior year, finishing eighth in the league in scoring (15.1ppg) and third in the league in rebounds with a career-high 9.7 boards per game.

The 22-year-old went on to sign his first professional contract in Germany, where he helped the Grevenbroich Elephants to a second-place finish in the Regionalliga West, posting 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his rookie season.

"Marcus came in at a crucial point in our season last year and helped our team with his tenacity and hustle,” said head coach Andreas Kapoulas.

"His minutes varied because of the depth that we had in his position, but whenever he was on the court, he would contribute in a positive way.

“He’s been working very hard all summer to make improvements in his game and I know how hungry and determined he is for the coming season. 

"He is already familiar with the physicality and intricacies of our league, so we are expecting him to come in and make immediate impact.
Malcolm Delpeche has completed a move to German Pro B side WWU Baskets Münster for the upcoming season.
The club can also confirm Marcus' twin brother Malcolm Delpeche has completed a move to German Pro B side WWU Baskets Münster for the upcoming campaign.

Malcolm has put pen to paper with the German third-tier club and will compete without Marcus for the first time in his professional career.

Everyone at Bristol Flyers would like to wish Malcolm all the best for his future endeavours.