March 6, 2016 - by
Bacon And Beasley Named To All-ACC Freshman Team

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley, two of the top first-year players in Florida State history, have been named to the 2016 All-ACC Freshman team as named by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.  It marks the first time in school history multiple Seminoles have been named to the All-ACC Freshman team while their selections to the team mark the eighth and ninth players in school history to earn All-ACC Freshman team honors.

Bacon (15.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg) and Beasley (15.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg) rank as the top freshmen scoring duo in school history and are the third highest scoring freshmen duo in ACC history with a combined scoring average of 31.5 points per game.  Bacon has scored on double figures in 27 of 30 games with his career high of 27 points coming against Jacksonville on Nov. 17 while Beasley scored in double figures in the first 24 games of his career and in 26 games this season.

“Dwayne and Malik have consistently preformed as two of the top players in our league throughout the season,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton.  “It was evident early on that our opponents’ game plans were designed to limit Dwyane and Malik.  That says a lot for Dwayne and Malik who have matured throughout the season and who are growing with each game we play.  I am happy for both players and am excited about what the future holds for our program.  Our future is very bright.”

Bacon And Beasley Named To All-ACC Freshman Team

Bacon and Beasley will almost certainly become the top two highest scoring freshmen in school history as the Seminoles begin play in the ACC Tournament on Tuesday, March 8 against Boston College.  Bacon enters the ACC Tournament with 473 total points while Beasley enters the event with 471 career points.  The school record for points in a season by a freshman is 476 by Xavier Rathan-Mayes during the 2014-15 season.

With 11 games of 20+ points or more scored by Bacon and 10 games of 20+ points or more scored by Beasley this season, it marks the first time in Florida State and ACC history that two freshmen on the same team have both scored 20 or more points each in at least 10 different games.

Bacon (school-record five times) and Beasley (two times) have been named the ACC Rookie of the Week a school record seven times this season.  Bacon’s five Rookie of the Week citations are the most by any player in the league while the Seminoles’ seven total honors are the most by any team in the league this season.

With Bacon and Beasley’s selection to the 2016 All-ACC Freshman team, Florida State becomes just the 13th team in ACC history to have multiple players named to the All-ACC Freshman team in the same year.

Bacon and Beasley join Seminole greats Corey Louis (1995), Michael Joiner (2001), Anthony Richardson (2002), Alexander Johnson (2004), Solomon Alabi (2009), Michael Snaer (2010) and Rathan-Mayes (2015) as Florida State players who have been named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.

Florida State begins play in the 2016 ACC Tournament against Boston College on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.   The game will be televised on both ESPN2 and the ACC Network.

2015-16 ACSMA All-ACC Teams
(First-place votes, followed by total points)
All-Atlantic Coast Conference
First Team
Brice Johnson, Sr., North Carolina                   51           *255
Malcolm Brogdon, Sr., Virginia                        51           *255
Cat Barber, Jr., NC State                                    48           249
Grayson Allen, So., Duke                                   47           247
Jaron Blossomgame, Jr., Clemson                   32           213

Second Team
Michael Gbinije, Sr., Syracuse                          8              155
Sheldon McClellan, Sr., Miami                         6              136
Demetrius Jackson, Jr., Notre Dame                3              130
Brandon Ingram, Fr., Duke                               4              129
Damion Lee, Sr., Louisville                                1              90

Third Team
Marcus Georges-Hunt, Sr., Georgia Tech        —             76
Anthony Gill, Sr., Virginia                                  —             70
Zach Auguste, Sr., Notre Dame                        —             45
Michael Young, Jr., Pittsburgh                          —             37
Angel Rodriguez, Sr., Miami                              3              35

Honorable Mention:
Justin Jackson, North Carolina; Tonye Jekiri, Miami; Zach LeDay, Virginia Tech; Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville; Marcus Paige, North Carolina; London Perrantes, Virginia; Devin Thomas, Wake Forest.

All-ACC Freshman Team
Brandon Ingram, Duke                                      *51
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State                           50
Malik Beasley, Florida State                             49
Malachi Richardson, Syracuse                         34
Bryant Crawford, Wake Forest                        28

All-ACC Defensive Team
Malcolm Brogdon, Sr., Virginia                        49
Tonye Jekiri, Sr., Miami                                     39
Michael Gbinije, Sr., Syracuse                          36
Landry Nnoko, Sr., Clemson                             30
Chinanu Onuaku, So., Louisville                      27

ACC Player of the Year
Malcolm Brogdon, Sr., Virginia                        38
Brice Johnson, Sr., North Carolina                   9
Cat Barber, Jr., NC State                                    3
Grayson Allen, So., Duke                                   1

ACC Freshman of the Year
Brandon Ingram, Duke                                      48
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State                           1
Malik Beasley, Florida State                             1
Malachi Richardson, Syracuse                         1

ACC Coach of the Year
Jim Larrañaga, Miami                                        24
Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech                            22
Tony Bennett, Virginia                                       2
Roy Williams, North Carolina                           1
Brad Brownell, Clemson                                    1
Brian Gregory, Georgia Tech                             1

ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Malcolm Brogdon, Sr., Virginia                        39
Tonye Jekiri, Sr., Miami                                     9
Michael Gbinije, Sr., Syracuse                          1
Marshall Plumlee, Sr., Duke                              1
Chinanu Onuaku, So., Louisville                      1

ACC Most Improved Player of the Year
Jaron Blossomgame, Jr., Clemson                   21
Grayson Allen, So., Duke                                   15
Cat Barber, Jr., NC State                                    4
Zach LeDay, Jr., Virginia Tech                         4
Ja’Quan Newton, So., Miami                             2
Joel Berry, So., North Carolina                         2
Marcus Georges-Hunt, Sr., Georgia Tech        1
Dennis Clifford, Sr., Boston College                1
Chinanu Onuaku, So., Louisville                      1

ACC Sixth Man of the Year
Isaiah Hicks, Jr., North Carolina                      19
Ja’Quan Newton, So., Miami                             12
Luke Kennard, Fr., Duke                                    7
Tyler Lydon, Fr., Syracuse                                 6
Devon Bookert, Sr., Florida State                     6
Sheldon Jeter, Jr., Pittsburgh                              1

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