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Miami’s Jekiri, Florida State’s Beasley recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Miami senior Tonye Jekiri has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Florida State’s Malik Beasley claimed Freshman of the Week honors.
Jekiri was named to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off All-Tournament Team, leading Miami to the championship with wins over No. 22/20 Butler, No. 16 Utah and Mississippi State. In three games, the 7-footer averaged 13.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in 28.0 minutes. He was 15-of-21 (.714) from the field and 10-of-11 (.909) from the line. In the championship game, Jekiri posted 12 points and 12 rebounds, along with a pair of blocks and an assist against No. 22/20 Butler. He was 4-of 6 from the field and 4-of 4 at the line. Against No. 16 Utah and national center of the year nominee Jakob Poeltl, Jekiri posted a career-high 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He was 8-of 10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the stripe in 32 minutes. In the opening game against Mississippi State, Jekiri down 10 rebounds and scored eight points.
Florida State’s Beasley averaged 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and a steal in three games last week. He scored his career-high of 25 points against Hofstra, scored 21 against Jacksonville and added 11 against DePaul and has scored in double figures in each of his first four games as a Seminole. Beasley, who last week scored 21 points in a season-opening win over Nicholls State, became the first player in Florida State history to score at least 20 points in his first three career games. During the Seminoles’ three games last week, Beasley shot .529 from the field (18-of-34), .529 from the 3-point line (9-of-17) and .857 from the free-throw line (12-of-14) in averaging 28.3 minutes played per game. He closed the week making his final eight free throws in his last two games. Beasley becomes the second FSU player in as many weeks to be named Freshman of the Week, joining teammate Dwayne Bacon.