Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The Larry Bird Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the Missouri Valley Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1968–69 season. It was renamed to honor Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who played at Indiana State from 1977 to 1979 and led the Sycamores to the 1979 NCAA Championship game. Bird won every major player of the year award (including the Naismith and Wooden awards) in 1979.

Creighton had the most all-time winners with seven, but it left the conference in July 2013 to join the reconfigured Big East Conference. Among schools remaining in the conference beyond 2013, Bradley and Southern Illinois have the most winners, with six apiece. The only current conference member that has never had a winner is Valparaiso, who played its first MVC season in 2017–18. There have never been any ties for the player of the year, but there have been nine repeat winners in the award's history. Of the repeat winners, only Fred VanVleet of Wichita State won in non-consecutive years (2014 and 2016).

Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Missouri Valley Conference logo
Given forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Missouri Valley Conference
CountryUnited States
History
First award1969
Most recentMarques Townes, Loyola

Key

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)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the MVC Player of the Year award at that point

Winners

Anthony Parker Cavs1
Anthony Parker won in 1996 while playing for Bradley.
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Kyle Korver (with ball) was back-to-back POY in 2002 and 2003.
Fred VanVleet 2013
Fred VanVleet, the 2014 and 2016 winner from Wichita State University.
Season Player School Position Class
1968–69 Bingo Smith Tulsa Shooting guard Senior
1969–70 Jim Ard Cincinnati Center Senior
1970–71 Jeff Halliburton Drake Small forward Senior
1971–72 Larry Finch Memphis State Guard Junior
1972–73 Larry Kenon Memphis State Power forward Junior
1973–74 Junior Bridgeman Louisville Small forward Junior
1974–75 Junior Bridgeman (2) Louisville Small forward Senior
1975–76 Mike Glenn Southern Illinois Point guard Junior
1976–77 Roger Phegley Bradley Shooting guard Junior
1977–78 Larry Bird Indiana State Small forward Junior
1978–79 Larry Bird* (2) Indiana State Small forward Senior
1979–80 Lewis Lloyd Drake Small forward / Shooting guard Junior
1980–81 Lewis Lloyd (2) Drake Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1981–82 Paul Pressey Tulsa Point guard / Forward Senior
1982–83 Antoine Carr Wichita State Center Senior
1983–84 Xavier McDaniel Wichita State Power forward Junior
1984–85 Xavier McDaniel (2) Wichita State Power forward Senior
1985–86 Jim Les Bradley Point guard Senior
1986–87 Hersey Hawkins Bradley Shooting guard Junior
1987–88 Hersey Hawkins* (2) Bradley Shooting guard Senior
1988–89 Anthony Manuel Bradley Point guard Senior
1989–90 Bob Harstad Creighton Power forward Junior
1990–91 Chad Gallagher Creighton Center Senior
1991–92 Ashraf Amaya Southern Illinois Power Forward Senior
1992–93 Curt Smith Drake Point guard Junior
1993–94 Gary Collier Tulsa Small forward Senior
1994–95 Chris Carr Southern Illinois Shooting guard Junior
1995–96 Anthony Parker Bradley Shooting guard / Small forward Junior
1996–97 Jason Daisy Northern Iowa Point guard Senior
1997–98 Rico Hill Illinois State Forward Senior
1998–99 Marcus Wilson Evansville Shooting guard / Point guard Senior
1999–00 Nate Green Indiana State Small forward Senior
2000–01 Tarise Bryson Illinois State Point guard Junior
2001–02 Kyle Korver Creighton Small forward / Shooting guard Junior
2002–03 Kyle Korver (2) Creighton Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
2003–04 Darren Brooks Southern Illinois Guard Junior
2004–05 Darren Brooks (2) Southern Illinois Guard Senior
2005–06 Paul Miller Wichita State Center Senior
2006–07 Jamaal Tatum Southern Illinois Shooting guard Senior
2007–08 Adam Emmenecker Drake Point guard Senior
2008–09 Booker Woodfox Creighton Shooting guard Senior
2009–10 Adam Koch Northern Iowa Power forward Senior
2010–11 Kyle Weems Missouri State Small forward Junior
2011–12 Doug McDermott Creighton Small forward / Power forward Sophomore
2012–13 Doug McDermott (2) Creighton Small forward / Power forward Junior
2013–14 Fred VanVleet Wichita State Point guard Sophomore
2014–15 Seth Tuttle Northern Iowa Power forward Senior
2015–16 Fred VanVleet (2) Wichita State Point guard Senior
2016–17 Paris Lee Illinois State Point guard Senior
2017–18 Clayton Custer Loyola Point guard Junior
2018–19 Marques Townes Loyola Shooting guard Senior

Winners by school

School (year joined) Winners Years
Creighton (1977)[a] 7 1990, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2012, 2013
Bradley (1948) 6 1977, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1996
Southern Illinois (1975) 6 1976, 1992, 1995, 2004, 2005, 2007
Wichita State (1945)[b] 6 1983, 1984, 1985, 2006, 2014, 2016
Drake (1907) 5 1971, 1980, 1981, 1993, 2008
Illinois State (1981) 3 1998, 2001, 2017
Indiana State (1977) 3 1978, 1979, 2000
Northern Iowa (1991) 3 1997, 2010, 2015
Tulsa (1935)[c] 3 1969, 1982, 1994
Louisville (1963)[d] 2 1974, 1975
Loyola (2013) 2 2018, 2019
Memphis State (1968)[e] 2 1972, 1973
Cincinnati (1957)[f] 1 1970
Evansville (1994) 1 1999
Missouri State (1990) 1 2011
Valparaiso (2017) 0

Footnotes

  1. ^ Creighton University left in 2013 to join the Big East Conference.
  2. ^ Wichita State University left in 2017 to join the American Athletic Conference (The American).
  3. ^ The University of Tulsa left in 1996 to join the Western Athletic Conference, and is now in The American.
  4. ^ The University of Louisville left in 1975 to become a founding member of the Metro Conference, and is now in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  5. ^ Memphis State University, now known as the University of Memphis, left in 1973 and briefly went independent before becoming a founding member of the Metro Conference. The school is now in The American.
  6. ^ The University of Cincinnati left in 1970 to go independent, and is now in The American.

References

  • "MVC Men's Basketball Media Guide". Awards (p. 191). Missouri Valley Conference. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
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