Career Bio and Statistics
• Fall 2016 Athletic Director's Honor Roll
• Currently majoring in BIS Human Development
Primary starter all season who played in 33 games, making 27 starts and averaging 26.2 minutes per contest . . . Averaged 8.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game . . . Shot 50.5 percent from the floor and 43.0 percent from 3-point range.
Finished with 11 points and four assists against Eastern Kentucky in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge . . . Scored 12 points in just 19 minutes on 4-of-5 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws against Georgia Southernwestern . . . Scored a then career-high 17 points on 6-of-7 field goals in a then career-high 27 minutes against Alabama A&M . . . Just missed his first career double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds at NCAA RPI No. 6 Middle Tennessee . . . Scored a career-high 19 points on 6-of-8 field goals in 33 minutes, going 6-of-6 from the free throw line against South Alabama . . . Matched a career-high with 19 points in a career-high 39 minutes with five 3-pointers at UL Monroe . . . Scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds against Louisiana . . . Finished with nine rebounds, just one shy of a career-high at Little Rock . . . Scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting against Louisiana in Sun Belt tournament opener . . . Finished with 15 points, including four 3-pointers against Texas A&M Corpus Christi in CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Saw action in 28 games during his first season, making a pair of early season starts . . . Averaged 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds per game, playing 8.3 minutes per contest.
Scored a season-high 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting at Little Rock in just 15 minutes off the bench . . . Began his career with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals in exhibition game against Oglethorpe . . . Knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in 13 minutes at Ole Miss . . . Made first career start at UAB, scoring five points and grabbing five rebounds in 16 minutes . . . Played 18 minutes and scored five points against UL Lafayette . . . Played a career-high 20 minutes against UT Arlington scoring seven points and grabbing a career-high tying five rebounds.
As a senior, earned Savannah Morning News Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors after leading Jenkins High School to an undefeated run through Region 1-AAA play and then the GHSA Class AAA state title, the first basketball championship in school history . . . Named the Region 1-AAA Player of the Year and earned all-state first-team honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . Averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game his final season.
As a junior, was an All-Savannah Morning News first-team selection after helping the Warriors to a Region 3-AAAAA title and to the Class AAAAA semifinals of the state playoffs . . . Averaged 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks per game as a junior.
Entering his senior season, was ranked the No. 20 senior in Georgia by Hoopseen.com and played AAU ball for the Atlanta Celtics.
Full name is Malik Ammon Benlevi … Born March 20, 1997 in Savannah, Ga. . . . Son of Gladys Benlevi and Mark Smalls … Has a total of seven brothers and sisters . . . Played football in high school up until his senior year, even receiving a scholarship offer, while also running track & field.