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Student Athlete Feature: Malcolm Glanville

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Meet Malcolm Glanville, a student athlete.

In this second student athlete feature, we introduce you to Malcolm Glanville – a fourth-year Marketing Management student at the University of Guelph, and a player on the Guelph Gryphons men’s basketball team.

Tomas Karageorgos is the sports reporter for EMERGE News NOW, and conducted a Q&A with Malcolm to talk about how he has been staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tomas Karageorgos

What were your seasons like, pre-pandemic?

Malcolm Glanville

Before the pandemic I was honestly really busy. I would usually have class first thing in the morning – class is kind of spread of during the day, depending on the day. After classes I would always get shots up and train with our assistant coach TB (Taylor Boers). We would have practice around 4 or 6 p.m. depending on the schedule.

On game days I would get shots up for around two hours, so I would do that at least two hours before the game. I always shoot before the game just to make sure everything is smooth, I don’t want to go into the game cold. That’s how I prepare for practices and games on a day-to-day basis.


How did you balance school and basketball?


The biggest thing that has helped me is time management and not procrastinating. I tend to do all my homework before the deadline itself – if multiple things are due on the same day, I make sure I complete one assignment per day. I don’t want to have side distractions because that can take me off my game. You have your course syllabus, you know when all your due dates are – as a student athlete it’s up to you to manage your time best.

I don’t want to be doing work at the end of the day when I’m tired, and just mentally not there. Throughout the day I’ll find time to get to the library, sometimes I do have to spend late nights doing homework until 1 or 2 a.m. For the most part I usually find time during the day to do schoolwork between classes and team workouts.


Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, how have you been training and keeping fit?


In the summertime when we weren’t allowed in the gym – we were still practicing twice a week because we’re in Guelph and they had different rules at the time compared to Toronto. Sometimes we’d have access to the gym twice a week when usually we’d more access than that. There’s also an outdoor basketball court here in Guelph, I’d go there with my teammate J.L. – probably there for two to three hours every single day. We’d be there in the blazing hot, doesn’t matter what the weather is, some days we’re even hooping in the rain! That’s maybe not the safest tactic but that’s how hungry we are to stay in shape. I was doing ball handling every day, playing one on one. You can train alone but you also have to be able tp produce those moves against a defender. I was also running a lot of hills in the summer, about three to five times a week to keep my cardio up.

When winter came, it was a completely different workout. Now we don’t have any gym time, we’re not practicing and there are no gyms to go to. We’re very limited with what we can do. One of my teammates that lives with me got a stationary bike in the basement, doing cardio on that has been really good. I’ve also been doing a lot of other workouts in my basement these past couple months, including ball handling. You have to look at your environment and see what you can do – I can focus on what I can’t do but I have been making use of the space and resources I have.


How have you been keeping in touch with your coaches?


I have been in a lot of contact with head coach O’Rourke and TB as well. TB will email me workouts every day because you want to change up your routine as you improve. I’ve been working a lot on my weaknesses – a big specific for me to work on this year was my left hand, specifically my jump shot. I can’t really work on my jump shot at the moment but I’ve been doing a lot of left hand ball handling and stuff that will increase that skill of mine.

TB is very active on Instagram, he follows a lot of NBA trainers or other professional players that post workouts. There may be something specific they’re working on in that session that he’ll send to me. I’ll take mental notes and watch that video 50 times in a row, but each time I’m watching something different. I could be watching the player’s footwork the first time, second time I may watch his balance because balance is a big thing in basketball. Each time I watch clips like that, it’s like I’m watching game film. When I’m training now, I’m trying to apply everything that I was just watching.


What do you miss most about playing?


I miss going at my teammates and going at the competition. Even when we were practicing it was non-contact so I couldn’t go at my teammates like I used to. Everybody has that energy going into a game. I’m an aggressive player, I look forward to going at my competition and I’m giving 150% every night. I really miss having that energy before and during games. Obviously the fans play a big part – you hit a shot and the crowd’s screaming, you drop someone and your teammates are jumping; just good highlight plays. I honestly miss being in the gym as well, I’m in the gym every single day so not having that feels like a part of me is lost.


What memories will stick with you after you graduate?


Honestly it’s growth. I was in NCAA Division 2 my first year of college; I received a full scholarship out there. In your basketball journey, you become a boy then you transition into a man. Coming to Guelph the biggest growth I’ve experienced within myself as an individual on the court and off the court is leadership. When I was younger, coaches always expected certain levels of leadership from me but I just feel like as an athlete and person, I wasn’t mature enough to act on that. I though I was a leader, but I obviously wasn’t leading by example.

This pandemic has allowed me to self-reflect on me as a player and a student-athlete. Maybe I wasn’t leading by example. I’m a good athlete but it’s about what you’re doing off and on the court. For example, last season I didn’t get to play in the playoff game against Ryerson because I had too many technical fouls. Sitting on the bench and watching my team lose to Ryerson – that was on me, and that was a grown moment. How am I supposed to lead the younger athletes on my team and lead by example when I’m getting technicals? Now I can’t tell the younger athletes on my team “don’t get technicals” when they see me doing it all the time. I’ll tell any young athlete to keep working hard and just use your ears.

A lot of people are quick to respond when people are giving them criticism or feedback. I have learned over time that when people are sharing information with you, they care about you. If your coaches aren’t sharing information with you, that means you’re not a priority and they don’t really want to help you improve. You might’ve had a bad game and afterwards you have 50 people talking in your ear about what you could’ve done better. A lot of people can shut down in that situation, but I’ve learned that you have to listen and apply that to the next game and practice. You’re a product of your environment so if your team is not all on board, all it takes is one wrong piece to mess up the whole puzzle. I definitely say leadership was my biggest growth. It’s something that I’m going to take on to the next level whether I play professionally or even on a job opportunity. You have to be a leader and stand for something and be consistent with that every day.


Watch Malcolm’s feature here: https://youtu.be/FUG9FBc3P0U?t=757

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I am the sports reporter for EMERGE News Now and produce the weekly student athlete feature. I specialize in journalism, and have published technology articles and multimedia projects for GH360. Some of my interests include travelling, and watching soccer and basketball.

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