The Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big Ten Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1984–85 season. Only two players have won the award multiple times: Jim Jackson of Ohio State (1991, 1992) and Mateen Cleaves of Michigan State (1998, 1999). Eight players who won the Big Ten Player of the Year award were also named the national player of the year by one or more major voting bodies: Jim Jackson (1992), Calbert Cheaney of Indiana (1993), Glenn Robinson of Purdue (1994), Evan Turner of Ohio State (2010), Trey Burke of Michigan 2013, Draymond Green of Michigan State (2012), Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin (2015), and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State (2016).
Michigan State has the record for the most winners with nine. Of current Big Ten Conference members, six schools have never had a winner: Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, and Rutgers. Of these, only Iowa and Northwestern were in the conference since the inception of this award—Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1991, Nebraska joined in 2011, followed by Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.
|Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year|
|Given for||the most outstanding basketball player in the Big Ten Conference|
|Most recent||Cassius Winston, Michigan State|
|†||Co-Players of the Year|
|*||Awarded a national Player of the Year award: |
Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year (1904–05 to 1978–79)
UPI College Basketball Player of the Year (1954–55 to 1995–96)
Naismith College Player of the Year (1968–69 to present)
John R. Wooden Award (1976–77 to present)
Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year (1960-61 to present)
NABC Player of the Year (1974-75 to present)
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Big Ten Player of the Year award at that point|
|1984–85||Roy Tarpley||Michigan||Power forward/Center||Junior|
|1985–86||Scott Skiles||Michigan State||Point guard||Senior|
|1986–87||Dennis Hopson||Ohio State||Small forward||Senior|
|1987–88||Gary Grant||Michigan||Point guard||Senior|
|1988–89†||Jay Edwards||Indiana||Shooting guard||Sophomore|
|1988–89†||Glen Rice||Michigan||Shooting guard/Small forward||Senior|
|1990–91||Jim Jackson||Ohio State||Shooting guard||Sophomore|
|1991–92||Jim Jackson* (2)||Ohio State||Shooting guard||Junior|
|1992–93||Calbert Cheaney*||Indiana||Small forward||Senior|
|1993–94||Glenn Robinson*||Purdue||Small forward||Sophomore|
|1994–95||Shawn Respert||Michigan State||Shooting guard||Senior|
|1995–96||Brian Evans||Indiana||Power forward||Senior|
|1996–97||Bobby Jackson[a]||Minnesota||Point guard||Senior|
|1997–98||Mateen Cleaves||Michigan State||Point guard||Sophomore|
|1998–99†||Mateen Cleaves (2)||Michigan State||Point guard||Junior|
|1998–99†||Scoonie Penn||Ohio State||Point guard||Junior|
|1999–00†||A. J. Guyton||Indiana||Shooting guard||Senior|
|1999–00†||Morris Peterson||Michigan State||Small forward||Senior|
|2000–01||Frank Williams||Illinois||Point guard||Sophomore|
|2002–03||Brian Cook||Illinois||Power forward||Senior|
|2003–04||Devin Harris||Wisconsin||Point guard||Junior|
|2004–05||Dee Brown||Illinois||Shooting guard||Junior|
|2005–06||Terence Dials||Ohio State||Power forward||Senior|
|2006–07||Alando Tucker||Wisconsin||Small forward||Senior|
|2007–08||D. J. White||Indiana||Power forward||Senior|
|2008–09||Kalin Lucas||Michigan State||Point guard||Sophomore|
|2009–10||Evan Turner*||Ohio State||Shooting guard||Junior|
|2011–12||Draymond Green*||Michigan State||Small forward||Senior|
|2012–13||Trey Burke*||Michigan||Point guard||Sophomore|
|2013–14||Nik Stauskas||Michigan||Shooting guard||Sophomore|||
|2014–15||Frank Kaminsky*||Wisconsin||Power forward||Senior|||
|2015–16||Denzel Valentine*||Michigan State||Shooting guard||Senior|||
|2016–17||Caleb Swanigan||Purdue||Power forward||Sophomore|||
|2017–18||Keita Bates-Diop||Ohio State||Small forward||Junior|||
|2018–19||Cassius Winston||Michigan State||Point guard||Junior|||
|School (year joined)||Winners||Years|
|Michigan State (1953)||9||1986, 1995, 1998, 1999†, 2000†, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2019|
|Ohio State (1912)||7||1987, 1991, 1992, 1999†, 2006, 2010, 2018|
|Indiana (1900)||6||1989†, 1993, 1996, 2000†, 2002, 2008|
|Michigan (1896)||5||1985, 1988, 1989†, 2013, 2014|
|Purdue (1896)||4||1990, 1994, 2011, 2017|
|Illinois (1896)||3||2001, 2003, 2005|
|Wisconsin (1896)||3||2004, 2007, 2015|
|Minnesota (1896)||0||1997 vacated[a]|
|Penn State (1993)||0||—|
The 2009–10 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season marked the continuation of competitive basketball among Big Ten Conference members that began in 1904. On October 16, 2009 five schools celebrated Midnight Madness to mark the beginning of the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season.
Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue ended the season tied for the conference championship with win–loss records of 14–4, followed by Wisconsin at 13–5. In the 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, Ohio State defeated Minnesota for the championship, and the conference named Evan Turner as the tournament's most outstanding player. The conference earned five bids to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament by the Co-Champions, runner-up and tournament runner-up. Big Ten teams posted a 9–5 overall record including three Sweet Sixteen appearances and one Final Four appearance. Two members of the conference received invitations to play in the 2010 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), in which they posted a 2–2 record.
2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year Evan Turner received multiple first team 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans and National Player of the Year recognitions. Trévon Hughes, E'Twaun Moore, Kalin Lucas and Robbie Hummel also received various All-American recognitions. Moore was also recognized as an Academic All-American.2009–10 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
The 2009–10 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan during the 2009-10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was coached by John Beilein and played its home games in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the Crisler Arena, which has a capacity of 13,751, for the forty-third consecutive year. This season marked the team's ninety-third consecutive year as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The team finished the season with a 15–17 overall record and a 7–11 conference record, which was tied for seventh in the conference standings. It was seeded eighth in the single-elimination 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament where it advanced one round. On October 16, Michigan was one of five Big Ten schools to begin its season by celebrating Midnight Madness.Following the University of Michigan basketball scandal, the team had completed serving a scholarship probation imposed in 2003 two years earlier. During the probation, the team had had only twelve scholarships to offer instead of the usual thirteen. However, Michigan continued to be prohibited from affiliation with implicated athletes (Chris Webber, Robert Traylor, Maurice Taylor, and Louis Bullock) until 2012, which meant, among other things, that the players could not help the University recruit. The team was expected to finish between third and fifth in the conference by most expert pollings. The team was led by a pair of Wooden Award preseason watchlist nominees: Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims. Harris, Sims and Zack Novak served as team captains.The team won two of its first three games against ranked opponents (Connecticut and Ohio State). However, the season was a disappointment that included two buzzer-beater losses to conference co-champions Ohio State and Michigan State on field goals by 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year Evan Turner and 2009 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year Kalin Lucas. After starting the season 3–0, the team never again won three games in a row. The team was nationally ranked to start the season, but never reappeared in the national polls after the third week of the season. Michigan ended the year with a 7–11 conference record (tied for seventh) and a 15–17 overall regular season record. Turner's buzzer-beater came in the second round of the 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in which the eighth-seeded Wolverines lost by a point to the top-seeded Buckeyes.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Sims and Harris were named to the 2nd and 3rd All-Big Ten teams, respectively, by both conference coaches and the media. Following the Big Ten tournament both players were recognized as 2nd-team All-District selections by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.2012–13 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season
The 2012–13 Big Ten men's basketball season began with practices in October 2012, followed by the start of the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play began in early-January 2013, and concluded in March with the 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. All conference regular season and tournament games were broadcast nationally. For the 37th consecutive season, the conference led the nation in attendance.
The conference enjoyed nine postseason invitations including seven to the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament (NCAA Tournament). Eight of the nine postseason participants posted at least one win. The Conference compiled a 19–9 postseason record including a 14–7 record in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan was runner up in the NCAA Tournament and Iowa was runnerup in the 2013 National Invitation Tournament.
Trey Burke won almost every National Player of the Year award (Oscar Robertson Trophy, John R. Wooden Award, Associated Press POY, Sports Illustrated POY, NABC Player of the Year and Naismith College Player of the Year), while Victor Oladipo won the Sporting News POY and Adolph Rupp Trophy. Oladipo also shared NABC Defensive Player of the Year with Jeff Withey. Four Big Ten athletes (Burke, Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Deshaun Thomas) earned 2013 NCAA All-American recognition (Burke, Oladipo and Zeller as consensus All-Americans). In addition, Jordan Hulls won the Senior CLASS Award and Aaron Craft earned Men's Basketball Academic All-American of the Year. Burke was the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Oladipo was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and Craft was the Most Outstanding Player at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. Craft earned national defensive player of the year recognition by CBSSports.com. Burke also earned the Bob Cousy Award.
With Oladipo, Zeller and Burke being selected 2nd, 4th and 9th respectively in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Big Ten had its first trio of top ten selections since the 1990 NBA Draft. All five players who declared early for were drafted (Hardaway 24th and Thomas 58th).2013–14 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season
The 2013–14 Big Ten men's basketball season began with practices in October 2013, followed by the start of the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Michigan won the regular season title, but lost to Michigan State in the championship game of the 2014 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.
Following the season 9 teams participated in post season tournaments. Six teams were invited to participate in the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament; two teams were selected for the 2014 National Invitation Tournament and one team competed in the 2014 College Basketball Invitational. The conference posted a 17–7 record in postseason tournaments. Wisconsin reached the final four of the NCAA Tournament and Minnesota won the NIT Tournament.
Nik Stauskas was the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year and a 2014 Consensus All-American. Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Craft was named the NABC Defensive Player of the Year and Men's Basketball Academic All-American of the Year.
The conference had 7 selections in the 2014 NBA draft, including 5 in the first round: Nik Stauskas (8th), Noah Vonleh (9th), Adreian Payne (15th), Gary Harris (19th), Mitch McGary (21st), Glenn Robinson III (40th), and Roy Devyn Marble (56th).2014–15 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season
The 2014–15 Big Ten men's basketball season began with practices in October 2014, followed by the start of the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. It marked the first season for Rutgers and Maryland in the Big Ten Conference. Wisconsin won the regular season title and the 2015 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.
Following the season, eight teams participated in post-season tournaments. Seven teams were invited to participate in the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, and one team was selected for the 2015 National Invitation Tournament. The conference achieved a 12–7 record in the NCAA tournament and a 12–8 overall postseason record. The postseason was highlighted by Wisconsin's NCAA tournament championship game appearance and Michigan State's final four appearance.
Frank Kaminsky earned several national player of the year awards and was the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. He and D'Angelo Russell received 2014 All-American first team recognition and Melo Trimble earned second team recognition. Russell and Trimble were both 2015 USBWA Freshman All-America Team selections. Kaminsky and Russell were the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award and Jerry West Award winners, respectively. Shavon Shields and Mike Gesell were Academic All-America selections.
Following the season, the conference had 5 selections in the 2015 NBA draft, including 3 in the first round: Russell (2nd), Kaminsky (9th), Sam Dekker (18th), Aaron White (49th), and Branden Dawson (56th). International player, Caleb Swanigan won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, while Trimble and Denzel Valentine won bronze medals at the 2015 Pan American Games.Bobby Jackson
Bobby Jackson (born March 13, 1973 East Spencer, North Carolina) is an American retired professional basketball player. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA).Brian Cook
Brian Joshua Cook (born December 4, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who last played for Chiba Jets of the Japanese National Basketball League (NBL). He was drafted out of the University of Illinois with the 24th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.
In 2004, Cook was named to the University of Illinois All-Century Team.Brian Evans (basketball)
Brian Keith Evans (born September 13, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and other leagues. A 6'8" and 220 lb forward, he played high school basketball at Terre Haute South, Indiana; Evans attended Indiana University from 1991–96, and played for the Hoosiers from 1992–96. Evans was named Big Ten MVP in 1996. He was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.
He played professionally in Italy for Lineltex Imola (1999–2000), Montepaschi Siena (2000–2001) and Viola Reggio Calabria (2001–2002).He was now (Feb, 2016) the co-owner of Precision Medical Group, an Indianapolis-based company that sells medical products.Cassius Winston
Cassius Winston (born February 28, 1998) is an American college basketball player for the Michigan State Spartans of the Big Ten Conference.Evan Turner
Evan Marcel Turner (born October 27, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010 NBA draft and played for them until he was traded in February 2014 to the Indiana Pacers. Turner plays the point guard, shooting guard and small forward positions.
Turner was a first-team 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American and the 2010 National Player of the Year while playing at Ohio State University. Turner was also a two-time Big Ten Conference scoring champion and the 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. He was twice the only player named as a unanimous first-team selection by both the coaches and the media to the All-Big Ten team (2008–09, 2009–10). By finishing first in scoring and second in both rebounds and assists in the conference in the 2009–10 season, he was the first men's basketball player to finish in the top two in each of these categories and the first to finish in the top five in each category in the same season. He is the conference record-holder for most career and single-season record for Conference Player of the Week awards.
Turner attended St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois. By his senior season, he was one of the top high school basketball players at his position in the nation. As a true freshman, he helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2008 National Invitation Tournament championship. The following year, he was the Big Ten Conference scoring champion for the 2008–09 season and was a first-team 2009 All-Big Ten selection. That season, he was also an honorable mention All-American and was selected as a member of the 2009 All-Big Ten Conference Tournament team, and he became one of five Big Ten players to have been among the top ten in the conference in average points, rebounds, and assists in the same season. He is the conference record-holder for most career Player of the Week awards and despite missing over a month of his junior season for the 2009–10 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team he also set the single-season record for Player of the Week awards. As a pro, he has participated in the Rising Stars Challenge and helped the 76ers reach the NBA playoffs in his first two NBA seasons. During his third season he became an everyday starter. With an impending free agent status, he was traded to Indiana during his fourth season.Frank Williams (basketball)
Frank Lowell Williams (born February 25, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player. As a point guard, Williams was drafted out of the University of Illinois with the 25th overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets.
In 2004, Williams was named to the University of Illinois All-Century Team.Gary Grant
Gary Grant (born April 21, 1965) is a retired American professional basketball player at the point guard position in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Gary "The General" Grant played for Canton McKinley High School and collegiately at the University of Michigan. Gary received his BA in Kinesiology.
He was selected in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, but his rights were traded to the Los Angeles Clippers on draft night. There he remained for seven years before moving on to the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat, and the Portland Trail Blazers. While playing for the Clippers, he was featured in the 1992 film Miracle Beach.During the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season while playing for the 2010–11 Michigan Wolverines team, Darius Morris surpassed Grant's school record single-season assist total set for the 1987–88 team. The following season Trey Burke broke Grant's freshman season assist total record. In the regular season finale for the 2016–17 team, Derrick Walton broke his single-game assists record. Grant continues to hold several Michigan records including career starts (128), career assists (731), career steals (total and per game), career minutes, career turnovers, single-season assists per game, single-season steals (total and per game, 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both), single-season turnovers, and single-game steals.Grant has three children with Tammie Grant: Taryn, Mahogany, and Piper.Keita Bates-Diop
Keita Bates-Diop (born January 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes.Nik Stauskas
Nikolas Tomas Stauskas (born October 7, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Stauskas played two seasons of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition for the Michigan Wolverines ending with the 2013–14 team before declaring for the NBA draft. Stauskas was drafted eighth overall in the 2014 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings, for which he began his NBA career. Towards the end of his rookie season, Stauskas was tagged with the nickname Sauce Castillo after a closed captioning error resulted in a social media meme. Stauskas, whose family is of Lithuanian heritage, is a member of the Canadian national basketball team.
Stauskas divided his high school years between Loyola Catholic Secondary School, South Kent School and St. Mark's School, leading the latter to back-to-back New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AA Championship Games. The team won the NEPSAC championship in Stauskas's 2012 senior season, and he was the championship game's Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was also selected to the NEPSAC All-Class AA team.
As a freshman for the 2012–13 Michigan Wolverines, he was named Sports Illustrated National Freshman of the Week once, Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week three times and to the Wayman Tisdale Award, United States Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Year, top 12 midseason list. During the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, he earned South All-Regional Team recognition. As a sophomore for the 2013–14 team, Stauskas went on to be named a 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball consensus All-American and was named Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year for the 2013–14 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season.Roy Tarpley
Roy James Tarpley (November 28, 1964 – January 9, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. He played the power forward and center positions in the National Basketball Association (NBA), earning an NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1988. Tarpley was banned from the NBA because of his drug and alcohol abuse. He had great success playing in Europe, most notably for Olympiacos and Aris.Scoonie Penn
James Donell "Scoonie" Penn (born January 9, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player. Standing at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), he played the point guard position. He is currently the director of player development for the Ohio State basketball program.Shawn Respert
Shawn Christopher Respert (born February 6, 1972) is an American retired professional basketball player who used to be an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A 6'3" shooting guard born in Detroit, Michigan, he attended Bishop Borgess High School, and he came to prominence while playing college basketball at Michigan State University where his jersey is now retired. He played professionally in the NBA for four seasons from 1995 to 1999.Terence Dials
Terence Jerome Dials, Jr. (born July 15, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player. He played collegiately with the Ohio State Buckeyes. He has been playing professionally since 2006 for various teams outside of his country of the United States.
Dials was born in Detroit, Michigan but grew up in Boardman, Ohio and attended Boardman High School there. A power forward, he once broke a basketball backboard during a team practice in high school. He was offered an athletic scholarship to play for Ohio State University. During his four-year career with the Buckeyes, Dials scored 1,566 points and grabbed 876 rebounds in 132 total games played. He was named the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year as a senior in 2005–06. Dials went undrafted in the 2006 NBA Draft.
For the 2012–13 season he signed with Hyères-Toulon of the LNB Pro B. In April 2013, he signed with his former team Orléans Loiret Basket. In November 2014, he signed with BBC Monthey of Switzerland.Trey Burke
Alfonso Clark "Trey" Burke III (born November 12, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 9th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft and immediately traded to the Utah Jazz. He has also played with the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks. He played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As a sophomore during the 2012–13 season, he earned National Player of the Year and led the 2012–13 Wolverines to the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Shortly after the tournament he declared his eligibility for the draft.
After being traded to the Jazz, Burke suffered a broken finger late in the preseason. He missed almost a month of the regular season before making his debut. He became a starter in his third game with the team. As a rookie, he won the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge and went on to finish third in the NBA Rookie of the Year Award balloting.
As a freshman at Michigan, he earned the 2011–12 Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year award and was named to the 2011–12 All-Big Ten 2nd team. He was selected as a 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American by CBSSports.com (second team) and the Associated Press—sometimes AP—(honorable mention). He led the 2011–12 team in points, assists, steals and blocked shots. As a sophomore, Burke was a consensus first team 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American. He also earned Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 2013 and was a unanimous 2012–13 All-Big Ten 1st team selection. He also earned almost all the possible National Player of the Year awards (Wooden, AP, NABC, Naismith, Robertson and Sports Illustrated) as well as the Bob Cousy Award. As a sophomore, he led the Big Ten in assists and set the Michigan single-season assists record.
As a high school basketball player, he was 2011 Ohio Mr. Basketball and a second-team Parade All-American. Additionally, he was a member of the 2009 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division I State Championship team and the 2011 OHSAA Division I State Runner-up as well as an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) U16 National Championship team in 2009 and a runner-up in the 2008 AAU U15 National tournament.
Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
*Selection later vacated
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