KUALA LUMPUR – Westports Malaysia Dragons fortified their player roster with the addition of a veteran player, Marcus Melvin. The 34-year-old is an exceptional all-around player who plays in a forward position.

Weighing at 110kg and towering over players at 6’9″, Marcus has been regarded as a very strong player who dominates his space under the basket.

Averaging at an impressive 27 points per game and 9 rebounds, it is no wonder that Coach Thomas personally asked for him to join the squad.

Marcus has played in several teams recently including the Kinmen Kaoliang Liquors from Taiwan and played against Dragons in the 2016 Merlion Cup. In that game, he was the top scorer for the Taiwanese team with 25 points and 17 rebounds.

Since 2013, the talented forward has played for La Union Formosa (Argentina: Liga A), CSU Giurgiu (Romania: D1), Atletico Argentino Junin Buenos Aires (Argentina: Liga A), Bigua (Uruguay: LUB) and Marinos (Venezuela: LPB).

“Marcus is an exceptional player who has had many years of experience in playing basketball,” said Dragons’ head coach Christopher Thomas. “His love for basketball     has allowed him to gain invaluable experiences through international exposure.”

Having travelled across continents to play basketball in many different countries, Melvin has been exposed to various cultures and lifestyle. His international exposure has made him more socially conscious, making him a very cool-headed guy at all times.

“I’ve been to many countries and I’ve met people from countless walks of life, and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from my travels is to be humble and respect race, religion and culture,” Marcus said when asked about the perks of playing basketball internationally.

“I love basketball and playing the game, but meeting different people and indulging in their local culture is a unlike any other,” he said. “Stepping foot into Malaysia, it’s like summer here every day, and I love it.”