Fraser Malcolm discusses his development and Glasgow Playoff push

By Jamie Thomas

The Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks are currently one of the in-form teams in the BBL Championship, having won their last five outings to get back in the running for the BBL playoffs.

While the Rocks’ Jordan Johnson received plaudits that put him in the running for MVP, what has gone unnoticed this year – and particularly in recent weeks – is how young Scotsman Fraser Malcolm , developed and flourished on the ground. We caught up with him recently to discuss more!

“To be honest, I’ve really enjoyed seeing my personal development and growth.” said Malcolm. “Last year was really tough, I got thrown into the deep end at times, and maybe I wasn’t ready for that challenge at times or the team couldn’t. compete at the required level from game to game.

“I feel like basketball has a lot to do with confidence and this year I felt more confident for sure. I understand exactly what Gareth’s (Murray) vision is for the team, when to cut, when to spot, etc., and my growing experience and confidence are helping me find good form.

“We can’t get ahead of ourselves.

The Rocks have beaten some fantastic results over the past few weeks, and with others faltering around them, they have a great opportunity to secure a playoff spot after it looked like hope might fade. for Gareth Murray’s squad to enjoy a post-season adventure just a few weeks ago.

Malcolm, 25, reflected on the season so far and the highs and lows of his third season at professional level.

“It has definitely been ups and downs. We started really strong with everyone healthy and we were riding, but then the injuries came and it took us a while to adapt.

“We’ve had some real highlights, especially recently, beating London when we’re shorthanded and beating Cheshire just as convincingly with two starters missing, so those things are really good signs for us that everyone is playing with. trust and strike. form at the right time.

“Our only thoughts right now are on Sunday. We can’t get ahead of ourselves. We’re still 10-12 in the BBL Championship so we can’t forget that despite our good run now we’ve had some tough times, we have to so stay focused. The playoffs are obviously the goal, to qualify in the best seed possible. I would like to experience this for the first time, but we have a job to do first.

“It gives us a lot to build on going forward.”

Perhaps the most vivid memories for British basketball fans throughout the season of the Rocks will have been how they came close to two major finals, only to fall short after gaining first-leg advantages.

While losing both matches from the winning positions will no doubt have been hard on Malcolm and his teammates, we told him that being so close to reaching two major finals and being on the verge of a place in Playoff at this point, after a torrid last year for the team, is surely a sign of progress.

“In total I think we were 10s up at one point in the game against Manchester, before we suffered an injury which really changed the game, and we honestly felt like we had one foot in the final before don’t let that mess up the pace a bit. Not winning was hard to accept, of course.

“For the same to happen in the semi-finals of the Trophy was also very difficult, but on the other hand it shows progress for us compared to last year that we have been to two semi-finals this year. and that we feel we could have won both. It gives us a lot to build on going forward, that’s for sure.

“The biggest difference this year, I think, was that we built up a team with experience – which we probably didn’t have last year – and that helped us a lot, especially when the season was down. a bit difficult, knowing how to change things or get things done when things are going well.

“We have to stay focused and take nothing for granted.”

With a handful of games remaining and currently in a favorable position in the standings to book a place in the playoffs, Malcolm insists the team cannot let up the throttle and must be aware of the thin margins that can go quite easily against them with the Playoffs in play.

“We just have to stay focused and not be complacent. We had good form but we beat Manchester by just one point and if one of our shots hadn’t gone down in that game we might not have had the momentum to go on and win the next game, then it’s thin margins.

“Some of the games have been so close that realistically it only takes one or two things to go against you that we may have only won two of the last five instead of all of them, so we’re there. aware and must maintain our objective.

“It’s great that the team was able to come together the way they did, despite our injuries to key players, but we have to stay focused and not take any game for granted as we have a tough run of games to close out. the regular season.”

The BBL end of season playoffs will take place at the 02 Arena in London on Sunday 15 Mayandand you can get your tickets to the flagship event right here now!

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