Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Big Eight Conference
Country United States
First awarded 1957
Last awarded 1996
Currently held by Jacque Vaughn, Kansas

The Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the Big Eight Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1956–57 season and concluded after the 1995–96 season (the Big Eight disbanded and was re-formed into the present day Big 12 Conference). From 1960 through 1967 no award was given out. Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma and Danny Manning of Kansas are the only players to have received the award three times. Manning was also the consensus National Player of the Year in 1988. Six other players won the award twice, last performed by Bryant Reeves of Oklahoma State (1993/95).

Missouri claimed the most winners with eight, followed by Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma with seven apiece.

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 8 Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Wayman Tisdale is one of two players to win the award three times.
Jacque Vaughn was the last player to ever win a Big Eight POY award.
Season Player School Position Class
1956–57 Thompson, GaryGary Thompson Iowa State Guard Senior
1957–58 Boozer, BobBob Boozer Kansas State Forward Junior
1958–59 Bob|Boozer (2) Kansas State Forward Senior
1960–67 No Player of the Year selected
1967–68 Smith, DonaldDonald Smith Iowa State Center / Power forward Senior
1968–69 Meely, CliffCliff Meely Colorado Center Sophomore
1969–70 Robisch, DaveDave Robisch Kansas Center Junior
1970–71 Meely, CliffCliff Meely (2) Colorado Center Senior
Robisch, DaveDave Robisch (2) Kansas Center Senior
1971–72 Stallworth, BudBud Stallworth Kansas Shooting guard Senior
1972–73 Kruger, LonLon Kruger Kansas State Guard Junior
1973–74 Kruger, LonLon Kruger (2) Kansas State Guard Senior
1974–75 Adams, AlvanAlvan Adams Oklahoma Center Junior
1975–76 Smith, WillieWillie Smith Missouri Point guard / Shooting guard Senior
1976–77 Anderson, KimKim Anderson Missouri Small forward Senior
Evans, MikeMike Evans Kansas State Shooting guard / Point guard Junior
1977–78 Mike|Evans(2) Kansas State Shooting guard / Point guard Senior
1978–79 McCullough, JohnJohn McCullough Oklahoma Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
1979–80 Blackman, RolandoRolando Blackman Kansas State Shooting guard Junior
1980–81 Smith, AndreAndre Smith Nebraska Center Senior
1981–82 Frazier, RickyRicky Frazier Missouri Small forward Senior
1982–83 Stipanovich, SteveSteve Stipanovich Missouri Center Senior
Tisdale, WaymanWayman Tisdale Oklahoma Power forward Freshman
1983–84 Tisdale, WaymanWayman Tisdale (2) Oklahoma Power forward Sophomore
1984–85 Tisdale, WaymanWayman Tisdale (3) Oklahoma Power forward Junior
1985–86 Manning, DannyDanny Manning Kansas Power forward Sophomore
1986–87 Manning, DannyDanny Manning (2) Kansas Power forward Junior
1987–88 Manning, DannyDanny Manning* (3) Kansas Power forward Senior
1988–89 King, StaceyStacey King Oklahoma Center / Forward Senior
1989–90 Smith, DougDoug Smith Missouri Forward Junior
1990–91 Houston, ByronByron Houston Oklahoma State Small forward Junior
Smith, DougDoug Smith (2) Missouri Forward Senior
1991–92 Peeler, AnthonyAnthony Peeler Missouri Shooting guard Senior
1992–93 Reeves, BryantBryant Reeves Oklahoma State Center Sophomore
1993–94 Booker, MelvinMelvin Booker Missouri Point guard Senior
1994–95 Minor, RyanRyan Minor Oklahoma Forward Junior
Reeves, BryantBryant Reeves (2) Oklahoma State Center Senior
1995–96 Vaughn, JacqueJacque Vaughn Kansas Point guard Junior

Winners by school[edit]

For clarification of each school's membership history, see the Big Eight membership timeline.
School (year joined) Winners Years
Missouri (1907) 8 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994
Kansas (1907) 7 1970, 1971, 1972, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996
Kansas State (1913) 7 1958, 1959, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1980
Oklahoma (1919) 7 1975, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1995
Oklahoma State (1958) 3 1991, 1993, 1995
Colorado (1947) 2 1969, 1971
Iowa State (1910) 2 1957, 1968
Nebraska (1921) 1 1981

See also[edit]