List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards

This article lists U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards. Several different organizations sponsor an award for the nation's top player.

Trophies

Award name Sponsoring organization Image First awarded
Naismith College Player of the Year Atlanta Tipoff Club Naismith Trophy 1969
Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year Associated Press 1961
John R. Wooden Award Los Angeles Athletic Club 1977
Oscar Robertson Trophy United States Basketball Writers Association 1959
NABC Player of the Year National Association of Basketball Coaches 1975
Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year Sporting News magazine 1943

List of honorees

^ Denotes year in which a player swept all given awards
Year Naismith Associated Press John Wooden Oscar Robertson NABC Sporting News
1957–58 Oscar Robertson
1958–59 Oscar Robertson Oscar Robertson (2)
1959–60 Oscar Robertson (2) Oscar Robertson (3)
1960–61 Jerry Lucas Jerry Lucas Jerry Lucas
1961–62 Jerry Lucas (2) Jerry Lucas (2) Jerry Lucas (2)
1962–63 Art Heyman Art Heyman Art Heyman
1963–64 Gary Bradds Walt Hazzard Bill Bradley
1964–65 Bill Bradley Bill Bradley Bill Bradley (2)
1965–66 Cazzie Russell Cazzie Russell Cazzie Russell
1966–67 Lew Alcindor Lew Alcindor Lew Alcindor
1967–68 Elvin Hayes Lew Alcindor (2) Elvin Hayes
1968–69 Lew Alcindor Lew Alcindor (2) Pete Maravich Lew Alcindor (2)
1969–70 Pete Maravich Pete Maravich Pete Maravich (2) Pete Maravich
1970–71 Austin Carr Austin Carr Sidney Wicks Sidney Wicks
1971–72 Bill Walton Bill Walton Bill Walton Bill Walton
1972–73 Bill Walton (2) Bill Walton (2) Bill Walton (2) Bill Walton (2)
1973–74 Bill Walton (3) David Thompson Bill Walton (3) Bill Walton (3)
1974–75 David Thompson David Thompson (2) David Thompson David Thompson David Thompson
1975–76 Scott May Scott May Adrian Dantley Scott May Scott May
1976–77 Marques Johnson Marques Johnson Marques Johnson Marques Johnson Marques Johnson Marques Johnson
1977–78 Butch Lee Butch Lee Phil Ford Phil Ford Phil Ford Phil Ford
1978–79 Larry Bird Larry Bird Larry Bird Larry Bird Larry Bird Larry Bird
1979–80 Mark Aguirre Mark Aguirre Darrell Griffith Mark Aguirre Michael Brooks Darrell Griffith
1980–81 Ralph Sampson Ralph Sampson Danny Ainge Ralph Sampson Danny Ainge Mark Aguirre
1981–82 Ralph Sampson (2) Ralph Sampson (2) Ralph Sampson Ralph Sampson (2) Ralph Sampson Ralph Sampson
1982–83 Ralph Sampson (3) Ralph Sampson (3) Ralph Sampson (2) Ralph Sampson (3) Ralph Sampson (2) Michael Jordan
1983–84 Michael Jordan Michael Jordan Michael Jordan Michael Jordan Michael Jordan Michael Jordan (2)
1984–85 Patrick Ewing Patrick Ewing Chris Mullin Chris Mullin Patrick Ewing Patrick Ewing
1985–86 Johnny Dawkins Walter Berry Walter Berry Walter Berry Walter Berry Walter Berry
1986–87 David Robinson David Robinson David Robinson David Robinson David Robinson David Robinson
1987–88 Danny Manning Hersey Hawkins Danny Manning Hersey Hawkins Danny Manning Hersey Hawkins
1988–89 Danny Ferry Sean Elliott Sean Elliott Danny Ferry Sean Elliott Stacey King
1989–90 Lionel Simmons Lionel Simmons Lionel Simmons Lionel Simmons Lionel Simmons Dennis Scott
1990–91 Larry Johnson Shaquille O'Neal Larry Johnson Larry Johnson Larry Johnson Larry Johnson
1991–92 Christian Laettner Christian Laettner Christian Laettner Christian Laettner Christian Laettner Christian Laettner
1992–93 Calbert Cheaney Calbert Cheaney Calbert Cheaney Calbert Cheaney Calbert Cheaney Calbert Cheaney
1993–94 Glenn Robinson Glenn Robinson Glenn Robinson Glenn Robinson Glenn Robinson Glenn Robinson
1994–95 Joe Smith Joe Smith Ed O'Bannon Ed O'Bannon Shawn Respert Shawn Respert
1995–96 Marcus Camby Marcus Camby Marcus Camby Marcus Camby Marcus Camby Marcus Camby
1996–97 Tim Duncan Tim Duncan Tim Duncan Tim Duncan Tim Duncan Tim Duncan
1997–98 Antawn Jamison Antawn Jamison Antawn Jamison Antawn Jamison Antawn Jamison Antawn Jamison
1998–99 Elton Brand Elton Brand Elton Brand Elton Brand Elton Brand Elton Brand
1999–00 Kenyon Martin Kenyon Martin Kenyon Martin Kenyon Martin Kenyon Martin Kenyon Martin
2000–01 Shane Battier Shane Battier Shane Battier Shane Battier Jason Williams Shane Battier
2001–02 Jason Williams Jason Williams Jason Williams Jason Williams Drew Gooden and Jason Williams Jason Williams
2002–03 T. J. Ford David West T. J. Ford David West Nick Collison T. J. Ford
2003–04 Jameer Nelson Jameer Nelson Jameer Nelson Jameer Nelson Jameer Nelson and Emeka Okafor Jameer Nelson
2004–05 Andrew Bogut Andrew Bogut Andrew Bogut Andrew Bogut Andrew Bogut Dee Brown
2005–06 J. J. Redick J. J. Redick J. J. Redick Adam Morrison and J. J. Redick Adam Morrison and J. J. Redick J. J. Redick
2006–07 Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Kevin Durant
2007–08 Tyler Hansbrough Tyler Hansbrough Tyler Hansbrough Tyler Hansbrough Tyler Hansbrough Tyler Hansbrough
2008–09 Blake Griffin Blake Griffin Blake Griffin Blake Griffin Blake Griffin Blake Griffin
2009–10 Evan Turner Evan Turner Evan Turner Evan Turner Evan Turner Evan Turner
2010–11 Jimmer Fredette Jimmer Fredette Jimmer Fredette Jimmer Fredette Jimmer Fredette Jimmer Fredette
2011–12 Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Draymond Green Anthony Davis
2012–13 Trey Burke Trey Burke Trey Burke Trey Burke Trey Burke Victor Oladipo
2013–14 Doug McDermott Doug McDermott Doug McDermott Doug McDermott Doug McDermott Doug McDermott
2014–15 Frank Kaminsky Frank Kaminsky Frank Kaminsky Frank Kaminsky Frank Kaminsky Frank Kaminsky
2015–16 Buddy Hield Denzel Valentine Buddy Hield Buddy Hield Denzel Valentine Buddy Hield
2016–17 Frank Mason III Frank Mason III Frank Mason III Frank Mason III Frank Mason III Frank Mason III
2017–18 Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunson
2018–19 Zion Williamson Zion Williamson Zion Williamson Zion Williamson Zion Williamson Zion Williamson

Defunct awards

Award name Sponsoring organization Years awarded
Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year Helms Athletic Foundation 1905–1979
UPI College Basketball Player of the Year United Press International 1955–1996
Adolph Rupp Trophy Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky 1972–2015
Adolph Rupp Trophy

The Adolph F. Rupp Trophy was an award given annually to the top player in men's Division I NCAA basketball until 2015. The recipient of the award was selected by an independent panel consisting of national sportswriters, coaches, and sports administrators. The trophy was presented each year at the site of the Final Four of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.The Adolph F. Rupp Trophy was administered by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky, a non-profit organization with a primary mission of honoring the legacy of University of Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp. Three winners of the award have been freshmen: Kevin Durant of Texas in 2007, John Wall of Kentucky in 2010 and Anthony Davis of Kentucky in 2012.

Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year

The Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year award was established in 1961 to recognize the best men's college basketball player of the year, as voted upon by the Associated Press (AP).

Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball

The Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball program represents the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school's team competes in NCAA Division I as part of the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats are coached by John Brannen, who has been UC's head coach since 2019.

With over 1800 all-time wins, the Bearcats are one of the 15 winningest basketball programs of all-time. The school's merits include 2 National Titles, 6 Final Fours, and 33 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearances. As of 2019, Cincinnati has appeared in 9 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, and 23 of the last 28, with an all-time tournament record of 46–32. The Bearcats have beaten a team seeded higher than them one (1) time, and have lost to teams seeded lower than them twelve (12) times. There have also been 42 All-American honors issued to Bearcats as well.

Cincinnati has been playing its home games since 1989 at Fifth Third Arena, which received an $87 million renovation for the 2018 season. The Bearcats played their 2017-18 season at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky while their home arena was renovated. Cincinnati joined the original Big East Conference in 2005, which was rebranded as the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in 2013.

John R. Wooden Award

The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players. The program consists of the men's and women's Player of the Year awards, the Legends of Coaching award and recognizes the All–America Teams.

The awards, given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, are named in honor of John Wooden, the 1932 national collegiate basketball player of the year from Purdue. Wooden later taught and coached men's basketball at Indiana State and UCLA. Coach Wooden, whose teams at UCLA won ten NCAA championships, was the first man to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach. His 1948 Indiana State team was the NAIB (now NAIA) National Finalist.

The award, which was originally given only to male athletes, was first given in 1977. Starting in 2004, the award was extended to women's basketball. Additionally, the Legends of Coaching Award was presented first in 1999. The 2015 presentation was broadcast on ESPN2 and the show was presented by Wendy's at Los Angeles' Club Nokia on Friday, April 10, 2015.

NABC Player of the Year

The NABC Player of the Year is an award given annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to recognize the top player in men's college basketball. The award has been given since the 1974–75 season to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball players. The association added awards for Division II and Division III players in 1983, and for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and junior college players in 2008. The awards have previously been sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

In Division I, Duke has the most all-time winners with six. Their rival, North Carolina, as well as Kansas are tied for second with four winners. There have been three ties for NABC Player of the Year (2002, 2004, 2006), and only two players have won the award multiple times (Jay Williams and Ralph Sampson).

In Division II, Virginia Union has four winners, the most all-time, and is followed by Kentucky Wesleyan which has three. Only one tie has occurred (2006), while three players have won the award more than once (Stan Gouard, Earl Jones, John Smith).

In Division III, Potsdam State has the most all-time winners with three, while six other schools are tied for second with two winners apiece. There have been two ties (2007, 2010) and four repeat winners (Leroy Witherspoon, Andrew Olson, Aaron Walton-Moss and Joey Flannery).

At the NAIA level, there is a distinction between NAIA Division I and NAIA Division II winners. Since the awards began in 2008, no school or individual player has received the award multiple times. In junior college, every winner has been a sophomore and has gone on to play at an NCAA Division I school after their community college careers have ended.

Naismith College Player of the Year

The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men's and women's collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of the inventor of basketball (in 1891), Dr. James Naismith.

Oscar Robertson Trophy

The Oscar Robertson Trophy is given out annually to the outstanding men's college basketball player by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The trophy is considered to be the oldest of its kind and has been given out since 1959.

Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year

The Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the best men's basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. The award was first given following the 1942–43 season and is presented by Sporting News (formerly The Sporting News), an American–based sports magazine that was established in 1886.

No award winners were selected from 1947–49 and from 1952–57. Repeat winners of the Sporting News Player of the Year award are rare; as of 2016, it has occurred only six times in the award's 63 presentations. Of those six repeat winners, only Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati and Bill Walton of UCLA have been named the player of the year three times.

UCLA and Duke have the most all-time with seven. North Carolina has the second most with five winners.

Men's college basketball awards (United States)
National players of the year
Individual awards
Conference players of the year
Head coach awards
Conference coaches of the year
Division awards
Other awards

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