Malvik averaged 22.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game through 14 games in 2008 for the Swinburne Cobras following his outstanding career at Winona State University where he won two NCAA Division 2 National Championships.
Malvik will join his former Winona State team mate Quincy Henderson and is expecting to bring the same success to Kilsyth as they enjoyed in College. “I’m very excited to come back to Kilsyth. I really enjoyed my first stint there, and felt like I was really starting to get comfortable right before my injury. I feel like I still have some unfinished business in the SEABL and am looking forward to trying to help Kilsyth win a SEABL Championship,” said Malvik.
Malvik has spent the past two years recovering from his injury and recently played in the Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago earning himself an All-Tournament Honorable mention.
“Anytime you have an injury and have to be away from the game it’s tough. I feel like it made me take a step back and appreciate even more how much playing the game means to me. I feel like through all my rehab and workouts it was a blessing in disguise and I came back stronger and more determined than ever.”
“The Eurobasket Summer League gave me an opportunity to play against good competition and get myself back out there to prove I am still playing at a high level,” concluded Malvik.
Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras Head Coach Grant Wallace is pleased to have a true point guard back in his rotation. “In 2010 we lacked that floor general. We camouflaged it well with Matt O’Hea and Ryan Bathie but through that those players were away from their normal games. Zach’s experience, winning attitude and ability to pass first score second will be a great addition to complete our roster.”
Wallace is keen for the experienced Malvik to bring some veteran leadership and determination to his young team. “Zach has some unfinished business down here, when he injured himself in 2008 against the Supercats and ended his season, he was on the cusp of cementing himself as one of the top quality players in the competition.”
“Zach has improved his game since 2008, has matured and will add balance to our roster which is aimed to take the Swinburne Cobras one step closer in 2011 than in 2010.”
Malvik will arrive with his fellow import Quincy Henderson in early February 2011 in preparation for the 2011 SEABL Season.
The Cobras will begin pre-season training in early February 2011.2011 Season Membership and Player Sponsorship packages will be available shortly. Stay tuned to www.cobras.net.au for further information.
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