American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the American Athletic Conference's most outstanding player. The conference formed in 2013–14 after many schools departed from the original Big East Conference to form their own conference. Shabazz Napier of Connecticut was the first-ever winner.[1]

American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Given forThe most outstanding basketball player in the American Athletic Conference
CountryUnited States
History
First award2014
Most recentJarron Cumberland, Cincinnati

Key

Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award: Naismith College Player of the Year (1968–69 to present)
or the John R. Wooden Award (1976–77 to present)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been awarded the AAC Player of the Year award at that point

Winners

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut Huskies
Shabazz Napier was the first-ever AAC Player of the Year in 2014.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
2013–14 Shabazz Napier Connecticut Point guard Senior [1]
2014–15 Nic Moore SMU Point guard Junior [2]
2015–16 Nic Moore (2) SMU Point guard Senior [3]
2016–17 Semi Ojeleye SMU Power forward Junior [4]
2017–18 Gary Clark Cincinnati Power forward Senior [5]
2018–19 Jarron Cumberland Cincinnati Shooting guard Junior [6]

Winners by school

School (year joined) Winners Years
SMU (2013) 3 2015, 2016, 2017
Cincinnati (2013) 2 2018, 2019
Connecticut (2013) 1 2014
East Carolina (2014) 0
Houston (2013) 0
Louisville (2013)[a 1] 0
Memphis (2013) 0
Rutgers (2013)[a 1] 0
South Florida (2013) 0
Temple (2013) 0
Tulane (2014) 0
Tulsa (2014) 0
UCF (2013) 0
Wichita State (2017) 0
  1. ^ a b Louisville and Rutgers played only the 2013–14 season in The American. In July 2014, they respectively left for the ACC[7] and Big Ten.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b "UConn's Shabazz Napier Named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year". TheAmerican.org. American Athletic Conference. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "SMU's Nic Moore Named Men's Basketball Player of the Year" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "SMU's Nic Moore Named AAC's Top Player; Temple's Dunphy Top Coach". Hartford Courant. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "SMU's Ojeleye Named Player, Scholar-Athlete of the Year as American Awards Announced" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Clark Named American Player of the Year, Williams Rookie of the Year & Sampson Coach of the Year" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "American Athletic Conference awards player, freshman and coach of the year". American Athletic Conference. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "ACC Extends Formal Invitation for Membership to the University of Louisville" (Press release). Atlantic Coast Conference. November 28, 2012. Archived from the original on December 12, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  8. ^ "Rutgers University To Join The Big Ten Conference" (Press release). Big Ten Conference. November 20, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-11-27. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
Gary Clark (basketball)

Gary Clark Jr. (born November 16, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Cincinnati Bearcats. He was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the 2017–18 season.

Jarron Cumberland

Jarron Cumberland (born September 22, 1997) is an American college basketball player for the Cincinnati Bearcats of the American Athletic Conference (AAC). He was named the 2019 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Nic Moore

Nic Moore (born July 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for Virtus Roma of the Italian Serie A2 Basket. Moore played college basketball for the SMU Mustangs. He was named American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Moore previously competed for the Illinois State Redbirds.

Semi Ojeleye

Jesusemilore Talodabijesu "Semi" Ojeleye ( SHEM-ee OH-jə-lay; born December 5, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for both Duke University and Southern Methodist University.

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Bozie Napier (born July 14, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 24th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014 NBA draft and immediately traded to the Miami Heat. Napier played college basketball for the Connecticut Huskies, and won two national championships in 2011 and 2014. Napier was a key player for the Huskies' 2010–11 NCAA championship team, as he made the Big East All Rookie team. Following his junior season, Napier was selected to the All-Big East first team.In the 2013–14 season, Napier was unanimously selected for the All-AAC first team, and was named the inaugural American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He was again one of UConn's key players when they won the NCAA tournament for a second time in four years in 2014 and was named as the tournament's most outstanding player.

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