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Malik

Benlevi

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Height: 6'6"
Weight: 225
Year: Senior
Hometown: Savannah, Ga.
High School: Jenkins
Experience: 1 Letter

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Career Bio and Statistics

ATHLETIC HONORS

• 2017-18 and 2018-19 Team Captain
• 2019 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player
• Played in 130 games, including 98 starts in four seasons
• Career Points: 1,067 (18th)
• Career Double-Doubles: 9 (4 in 2018-19)
• Career 3PT Made: 182 (6th)  
• Career 3PT Attempts: 455 (7th)
• Career 3PT FG %: .400 (t4th)  
• Wins: 84 (t3rd) 
• Career Leader Games Played: 130 (2nd)
• Career Starts: 98 (t3rd)
ACADEMIC HONORS
• Fall 2016 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll
• Graduated with a degree in BIS Human Development
2018-19
Named a team captain for a second-straight year before averaging a career-high 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 48.0 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from 3-point range . . . Started all 32 games averaging 32.2 minutes per contest . . . Knocked down 74 3-pointers and shot 40.9 percent from beyond the arc, both the 11th-best marks in a single season in program history . . . Collected 5.8 rebounds per game which ranked No. 14 in the Sun Belt . . . Ranked No. 7 in blocked shots per game in the league (1.0) and was 13th in minutes per game (32.2).
Garnered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the regular season opener against ETSU . . . Finished with 24 points going 8-of-11 from 3-point range against Georgia in the third-place game of the Cayman Islands Classic. The eight 3-pointers tied for the seventh-most in a single game in program history, while the 72.7 3-point FG percentage was the fourth-best mark in a single game in school history . . . Scored 25 points with five 3-pointers at Tulane . . . Knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired at Alabama to lead GSU back from 21 points down at halftime in a game where he finished with 16 points and eight rebounds . . . Scored 22 points while knocking down 5-of-8 from 3-point range at Texas State . . . Just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds against Louisiana . . . Scored a career-high 26 points on 7-of-12 field goals and five 3-pointers while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out a career-high five assists against South Alabama . . . Finished with 20 points and nine rebounds at Appalachian State . . . Recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds going 7-of-10 from the floor at Georgia Southern . . . Garnered second-straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament semifinals against Texas State . . . Earned a third-straight double-double to garner Sun Belt Conference Tournament MOP honors with 16 points and 11 rebounds against UT Arlington.
2017-18
Named a team captain as a junior before starting all 35 games and averaging 9.6 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game which was No. 13 in the Sun Belt . . . Led the team and was No. 1 in the Sun Belt averaging 35.0 minutes per contest while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor, 41.2 percent from 3-point range and 70.5 percent from the free throw line . . . Swiped 1.5 steals per game, ranked No. 6 in the conference and No. 187 in the NCAA . . . Averaged 2.0 3-pointers per game which was ranked No. 11 in the Sun Belt, while blocking 0.9 shots per contest which was No. 11 in the league.
Opened the season just missing a career-high with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting against Carver . . . Earned first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against previously unbeaten Tulane . . . Finished with 13 points in a career-high 41 minutes against Liberty . . . Recorded a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds with four assists at Coastal Carolina . . . Grabbed a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds at Arkansas State . . . Finished with a double-double and a career-high 12 rebounds versus Louisiana . . . Tied career-high with 12 rebounds and scored 14 points to earn a double-double against Georgia Southern . . . Finished with 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high five steals against UT Arlington in the Sun Belt Championship game . . . Scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds against Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament.
2016-17
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 Southwestern . . . 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 39 minutes with five 3-pointers at UL Monroe . . . Scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds against Louisiana . . . Grabbed nine rebounds at Little Rock . . . Scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting against Louisiana in Sun Belt tournament opener . . . Finished with 15 points against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi in CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
2015-16
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 20 minutes against UT Arlington scoring seven points and grabbing a career-high tying five rebounds.
PREP
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 AJC . . . 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 senior year was ranked the No. 20 senior in Georgia by Hoopseen.com and played AAU ball for the Atlanta Celtics.
PERSONAL
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.

 

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