Eight questions for hoops teammates and twins Marcus Delpeche ’17 and Malcolm Delpeche ’17

Marcus Delpeche ’17 and Malcolm Delpeche ’17 from Wilmington, Del., are identical twins and starters for the 2015 Bates men’s basketball team, heading into Sweet Sixteen play on Friday, March 13 vs. Trinity.

Marcus is a 6-foot-7 forward averaging 9 points, 7 rebounds and one block per game. Malcolm is a 6-foot-8 center, averaging 7 points, 6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

Separately, each answered a few questions just before practice yesterday.

Marcus Delpeche '17 (left) and Malcolm Delpeche '17, identical twin brothers from Wilmington, Del., pose for a photograph during practice in Alumni Gymnasium. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Marcus Delpeche ’17 (left) and Malcolm Delpeche ’17, identical twin brothers from Wilmington, Del., pose for a photograph during practice in Alumni Gymnasium. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

 

Favorite place to study?

Marcus: Pettengill Hall, third floor computer lounge. You go there around 9 at night and there’s not a lot of people there.

Malcolm: Basement of Pettengill, Room G52. No one seems to go down there at night. I like the space.

What do people not know about Bates back home?

Marcus: They don’t know where it is or why you would go to a place where there’s snow. But when I go home to Delaware and it’s 40 degrees, they’re all in jackets and I’m in shorts and a T-shirt. It’s so nice today! [It was 45 degrees.]

Malcolm: They know Bates has rigorous academics but they don’t know about our sports. We’re minding our P’s and Q’s in athletics too. They’re seeing that now. They’re all watching the livestream down there.

Favorite moment of the season?

Marcus: Tie between when I saw Graham [Safford ’15] get his first dunk, against Bowdoin, or when Billy [Selmon ’15] dunked on that dude against Tufts. That was a mean hammer. I just lost it. It was the most hyped I’ve ever been.

Malcolm: Beating Babson early in the year. We all had our minds on that game because they’re a really nice team. Some guys cried. The win told us we were a talented team and to believe in our talent.

Favorite professor?

Marcus: Amy Douglass [professor of psychology]. She’s my adviser, and I’m a psych major. She tells really hilarious stories about her twin daughters. She’s an excellent teacher, and she’s proactive. She’s already moved up my weekly quiz so I don’t have to stress about missing it [because of travel].

Malcolm: Michael Rocque [assistant professor of sociology]. I’m taking Sociology 101. I really like how he interacts with students.

Favorite TV  show?

Marcus: I haven’t been watching TV lately. Mostly school work.

Malcolm: Walking Dead, Game of Thrones. [He laughs when told that Marcus says he’s too busy studying.] I try to study ahead of time.

What other Bates sports would you like to play if not basketball?

Marcus: Football. My biggest regret in high school was not staying with football. Played freshman year. Would love to play wide receiver, out-jumping guys.

Malcolm: Football. My biggest regret is not playing football. But basketball took so much time.

Any unusual hobby or talent?

Marcus: I can juggle. My high school chemistry teacher taught me. He was in the circus a little bit, so he had a bunch of juggling balls in his classroom. If I’m chilling, I just like to juggle.

Malcolm: Juggling. It’s a party trick.

Favorite Commons food?

Marcus: Pasta. They never have the same kind back to back, so you can’t go wrong! I like meat sauce but [teammate] Jerome [Darling ’17] put me onto alfredo sauce.

Malcolm: Pasta. It never fails. I like the chicken meatball marinara sauce. That’s always a go-to. Commons serves great food, but pasta never lets you down.

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