At Salem High where he led the state in scoring and was named to the 1927 All-Ohio team, Malcolm Rush had never played basketball prior to his senior year. At Bethany College where he earned varsity letters in five sports, he played all five sports the same year. Rush captained the football and basketball squads and was named to the All-State basketball team all four years he was in college. He also lettered in track, baseball, and tennis. He became a member of the Goodyear Wingfoots in the mid-1930s. During eight years on the squad, Goodyear brought home Midwest Conference and National Basketball Association titles.