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.

Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year
Given forthe most outstanding NCAA Division I men's basketball player
CountryUnited States
Presented bySporting News magazine
First award1943
Most recentZion Williamson, Duke


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


Lew Alcindor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar UCLA
Lew Alcindor[a] makes a slam dunk during a game while at UCLA
Bill Walton 1974 cropped
Bill Walton was a three-time winner at UCLA
Jordan by Lipofsky 16577
Michael Jordan won the award in 1983 and 1984
Kevin Durant was the first freshman winner in the award's history
20091112 Evan Turner cropped
The 2010 winner, Evan Turner of Ohio State
Season Player School Position Class
1942–43 Andy Phillip Illinois Guard / Forward Senior
1943–44 Dale Hall Army Forward Junior
1944–45 George Mikan DePaul Center Junior
1945–46 Bob Kurland Oklahoma A&M Center Senior
1947–49 No winners selected
1949–50 Paul Arizin Villanova Forward Senior
1950–51 Sherman White Long Island Forward Senior
1952–57 No winners selected
1957–58 Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Point guard Sophomore
1958–59 Oscar Robertson (2) Cincinnati Point guard Junior
1959–60 Oscar Robertson (3) Cincinnati Point guard Senior
1960–61 Jerry Lucas Ohio State Forward / Center Junior
1961–62 Jerry Lucas (2) Ohio State Forward / Center Senior
1962–63 Art Heyman Duke Guard / Forward Senior
1963–64 Bill Bradley Princeton Small forward / Shooting guard Junior
1964–65 Bill Bradley (2) Princeton Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1965–66 Cazzie Russell Michigan Shooting guard Senior
1966–67 Lew Alcindor[a] UCLA Center Sophomore
1967–68 Elvin Hayes Houston Forward / Center Senior
1968–69 Lew Alcindor[a] (2) UCLA Center Senior
1969–70 Pete Maravich LSU Guard Senior
1970–71 Sidney Wicks UCLA Center Senior
1971–72 Bill Walton UCLA Center Sophomore
1972–73 Bill Walton (2) UCLA Center Junior
1973–74 Bill Walton (3) UCLA Center Senior
1974–75 David Thompson NC State Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
1975–76 Scott May Indiana Forward Senior
1976–77 Marques Johnson UCLA Guard / Forward Senior
1977–78 Phil Ford North Carolina Point guard Senior
1978–79 Larry Bird Indiana State Small forward Senior
1979–80 Darrell Griffith Louisville Shooting guard Senior
1980–81 Mark Aguirre DePaul Small forward Junior
1981–82 Ralph Sampson Virginia Center Junior
1982–83 Michael Jordan North Carolina Shooting guard Sophomore
1983–84 Michael Jordan (2) North Carolina Shooting guard Junior
1984–85 Patrick Ewing Georgetown Center Senior
1985–86 Walter Berry St. John's Power forward Senior
1986–87 David Robinson Navy Center Senior
1987–88 Hersey Hawkins Bradley Shooting guard Senior
1988–89 Stacey King Oklahoma Center Senior
1989–90 Dennis Scott Georgia Tech Small forward Junior
1990–91 Larry Johnson UNLV Power forward Senior
1991–92 Christian Laettner Duke Forward Senior
1992–93 Calbert Cheaney Indiana Small forward Senior
1993–94 Glenn Robinson Purdue Small forward / Power forward Sophomore
1994–95 Shawn Respert Michigan State Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 Marcus Camby Massachusetts Center Junior
1996–97 Tim Duncan Wake Forest Center Senior
1997–98 Antawn Jamison North Carolina Small forward Junior
1998–99 Elton Brand Duke Center Sophomore
1999–00 Kenyon Martin Cincinnati Power forward Senior
2000–01 Shane Battier Duke Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
2001–02 Jason Williams Duke Point guard Junior
2002–03 T. J. Ford Texas Point guard Sophomore
2003–04 Jameer Nelson Saint Joseph's Point guard Senior
2004–05 Dee Brown Illinois Point guard Junior
2005–06 J. J. Redick Duke Shooting guard Senior
2006–07 Kevin Durant Texas Small forward Freshman
2007–08 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina Power forward Junior
2008–09 Blake Griffin Oklahoma Power forward Sophomore
2009–10 Evan Turner Ohio State Small forward Junior
2010–11 Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young Point guard Senior
2011–12 Anthony Davis Kentucky Center Freshman
2012–13 Victor Oladipo Indiana Guard Junior
2013–14 Doug McDermott Creighton Small forward Senior
2014–15 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin Power forward Senior
2015–16 Buddy Hield Oklahoma Shooting guard Senior
2016–17 Frank Mason III Kansas Point guard Senior
2017–18 Jalen Brunson Villanova Point guard Junior
2018–19 Zion Williamson Duke Power forward Freshman

Winners by school

School Winners Years
Duke 7 1963, 1992, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2019
UCLA 7 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977
North Carolina 5 1978, 1983, 1984, 1998, 2008
Cincinnati 4 1958, 1959, 1960, 2000
Indiana 3 1976, 1993, 2013
Ohio State 3 1961, 1962, 2010
Oklahoma 3 1989, 2009, 2016
DePaul 2 1945, 1981
Illinois 2 1943, 2005
Princeton 2 1964, 1965
Texas 2 2003, 2007
Villanova 2 1950, 2018
Army 1 1944
Bradley 1 1988
Brigham Young 1 2011
Creighton 1 2014
Georgetown 1 1985
Georgia Tech 1 1990
Houston 1 1968
Indiana State 1 1979
Kansas 1 2017
Kentucky 1 2012
Long Island 1 1951
Louisville 1 1980
LSU 1 1970
Massachusetts 1 1996
Michigan 1 1966
Michigan State 1 1995
Navy 1 1987
N.C. State 1 1975
Oklahoma State 1 1946
Purdue 1 1994
Saint Joseph's 1 2004
St. John's 1 1986
UNLV 1 1991
Virginia 1 1982
Wake Forest 1 1997
Wisconsin 1 2015


  • a Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971 after converting to Islam.[1][2]

See also


  • "Sporting News Player of the Year Winners". College Basketball. Sports– Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  1. ^ Associated Press (4 June 1971). "Call Me 'Kareem' says Lew Alcindor" (Google News Archive). The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  2. ^ "'Big O' Completes Bucks' Championship Run". NBA Encyclopedia Playoff Edition. National Basketball Association. 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
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