Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Big 12 Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Big 12 Conference
Country United States
Presented by Phillips 66
First awarded 1997
Currently held by Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

The Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big 12 Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1996–97 season, the first year of conference competition but three years after the conference's official formation. It is selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Only one player has won the award multiple times—Raef LaFrentz of Kansas, who won the first two awards in 1997 and 1998. Three freshmen have won the award as well—Kevin Durant of Texas, Michael Beasley of Kansas State and Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State. Four current Big 12 members have yet to have a winner: charter members Baylor and Texas Tech, and 2012 arrivals TCU and West Virginia.

Key[edit]

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 Big 12 Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Kansas State's Michael Beasley was the second freshman in a row to win the award, earning it in 2008.
Oklahoma's Blake Griffin was the consensus National Player of the Year when he won the award in 2009.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1996–97 LaFrentz, RaefRaef LaFrentz Kansas Power forward Junior [1]
1997–98 LaFrentz, RaefRaef LaFrentz (2) Kansas Power forward Senior [1]
1998–99 Hamilton, VensonVenson Hamilton Nebraska Center Senior[2] [1]
1999–00 Fizer, MarcusMarcus Fizer Iowa State Power forward Junior [1]
2000–01 Tinsley, JamaalJamaal Tinsley Iowa State Point guard Senior [1]
2001–02 Gooden, DrewDrew Gooden Kansas Power forward Junior [1]
2002–03 Collison, NickNick Collison Kansas Power forward Senior [1]
2003–04 Allen, TonyTony Allen Oklahoma State Shooting guard Senior [1]
2004–05 Simien, WayneWayne Simien Kansas Power forward Senior [1]
2005–06 Tucker, P. J.P. J. Tucker Texas Small forward Junior [1]
2006–07 Durant, KevinKevin Durant* Texas Small forward Freshman [1]
2007–08 Beasley, MichaelMichael Beasley Kansas State Power forward Freshman [1]
2008–09 Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin* Oklahoma Power forward Sophomore [1][3]
2009–10 Anderson, JamesJames Anderson Oklahoma State Shooting guard Junior [4]
2010–11 Morris, MarcusMarcus Morris Kansas Power forward Junior [5]
2011–12 Robinson, ThomasThomas Robinson Kansas Power forward Junior [6]
2012–13 Smart, MarcusMarcus Smart Oklahoma State Point guard Freshman [7]
2013–14 Ejim, MelvinMelvin Ejim Iowa State Small forward Senior [8]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Kansas (1996) 7 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012
Iowa State (1996) 3 2000, 2001, 2014
Oklahoma State (1996) 3 2004, 2010, 2013
Texas (1996) 2 2006, 2007
Kansas State (1996) 1 2008
Nebraska (1996)a 1 1999
Oklahoma (1996) 1 2009
Baylor (1996) 0
Colorado (1996)b 0
Missouri (1996)c 0
TCU (2012) 0
Texas A&M (1996)c 0
Texas Tech (1996) 0
West Virginia (2012) 0

Footnotes[edit]

  • a Nebraska left in 2011 to join the Big Ten.
  • b Colorado left in 2011 to join what is now the Pac-12.
  • c Missouri and Texas A&M left in 2012 to join the SEC.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Big 12 Conference. "2008-09 Big 12 men's basketball media guide - Records section (1997-2008 winners)". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved August 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ "CNN/SI - Venson Hamilton" (in English). Sports Illustrated. 1999. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Big 12 Conference. "Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved August 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ Big 12 Conference. "2010 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ Big 12 Conference. "2011 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ Big 12 Conference. "2012 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ Big 12 Conference. "2013 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ ESPN.com (March 9, 2014). "Melvin Ejim honored as Big 12's best". ESPN Internet Ventures LLC. Retrieved March 9, 2014.