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Florida State Guard Malik Beasley Focused On Team Goals

Florida State guard Malik Beasley is having a terrific season so far, but he's more interested in the team's results.

Freshman guard Malik Beasley has had an incredible start to the season. He's the second leading freshman scorer in the country, behind LSU's Ben Simmons, averaging 18.6 points per game. Beasley leads the Seminoles in points per game (18.6), field goal percentage among players with 5 or more shots (57.5-percent), three point field goal percentage among players with 5 or more shots (51.6-percent), and is tied for the lead in steals (10). 

Beasley thinks he's played pretty well this season, but believes that a lot of his success come with the help of his teammates.

"I think I'm doing well, but it all comes throughout the team," Beasley said. "They're giving me the ball. People just notce my stats, but they're giving me the ball. Xavier [Rathan-Mayes], Dwayne [Bacon], all the other players are getting me the ball. It gets us going and I think it's helped us win a lot."

CBSSports released their list of the top freshmen in the country, and Beasley is sitting third behind LSU's Ben Simmons and Marquette's Henry Ellenson. While Beasley was happy about being acknowledged, he's not focused on being the best freshman in the country. He's focused on making the team better.

"It means a lot," Beasley said. "It means a lot that they acknowledge me as that, but, like I said, for me I don't look at individual statistics or anything like that. I look for the team and how we need to win, and what we could have done against Iowa and Hofstra."

Beasley wasn't the only Florida State freshman on the list. Guard Dwayne Bacon comes in at No. 6, and the Seminoles are the only team with two freshman on the list. Bacon is the fourth leading freshman scorer in the country with 17.7 points per game, and leads the Seminoles in rebounds per game with 5.4.

Bacon and Beasley compliment each other's games well, and they're always pushing each other to get better.

"We're always working to get better," Beasley said. "We're always working out together. We watch film together. We're always helping each other get better. We don't worry about who's doing better. All we know is that we have to do the best we can do to help the team win. That's our main focus."

Beasley was quick to point out that it wasn't just the two of them making an impact, but it's taken a total team effort to get where they are right now.

"It's a huge thing to know that they have to stop a powerhouse every game," Beasley said. "Boris [Bojanovsky] is doing what he's doing. Then you've got X and Dwayne. They don't know who to guard. Whoever's night it is, we try to focus on giving the ball to him. If it's his night, it's his night. It's all a team thing."

While Beasley has been fantastic on the offensive side of the ball, he's focusing on getting better on the opposite side of the ball.

"I need to improve my defensive skills," Beasley said. "I think I'm doing well on defense, but I want to be the best that I can be. I want to be on defensive teams. I want to be more of a leader too. As a freshman that's tough to do, but I think I can do it."

The Seminoles are currently 5-2 on the season, and are coming off a big non-conference win over VCU in Atlanta. Florida State is looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2012 season, and if they do, Beasley will have played a huge part in it. 


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