Big South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Big South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Big South Conference
Country United States
First awarded 1986
Currently held by John Brown, High Point[1]

The Big South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual college basketball award given to the Big South Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1985–86 season, the first year the league competed in varsity basketball competition.[a]

The most notable recipient of the Big South Player of the Year Award is Tony Dunkin. Dunkin, a 6'7" small forward, played for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers from 1989 to 1993 and won the award all four seasons.[2][3] He is the only NCAA Division I men's basketball player to ever earn four conference player of the year awards.[2][3]

Coastal Carolina has the most all-time winners with nine. Two schools are tied for second all-time with four winners each, two schools have had two winners, and two other schools also have had two winners. The only current Big South members without any winners are three of the four newest members of the conference—Presbyterian (joining in 2007), Gardner–Webb (2008), and Longwood (2012). Although Campbell's current tenure in the Big South dates only to 2011, it has three winners from its first conference tenure (1983–1994).

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 South Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Season Player School Position Class
1985–86 McKinnon, FredFred McKinnon Winthrop Forward Senior
1986–87 Grier, ClarenceClarence Grier Campbell Forward Senior
1987–88 Wilson, DerekDerek Wilson Coastal Carolina Power forward / Center Junior
1988–89 Wilson, HenryHenry Wilson Campbell Center Senior
1989–90 Dunkin, TonyTony Dunkin Coastal Carolina Small forward Freshman
1990–91 Dunkin, TonyTony Dunkin (2) Coastal Carolina Small forward Sophomore
1991–92 Dunkin, TonyTony Dunkin (3) Coastal Carolina Small forward Junior
1992–93 Dunkin, TonyTony Dunkin (4) Coastal Carolina Small forward Senior
1993–94 Spinks, JoeJoe Spinks Campbell Small forward Senior
1994–95 Burks, EricEric Burks Charleston Southern Point guard Senior
1995–96 Latson, T. L.T. L. Latson Charleston Southern Small forward Senior
1996–97 Pittman, JoshJosh Pittman UNC Asheville Shooting guard Junior
1997–98 Pittman, JoshJosh Pittman (2) UNC Asheville Shooting guard Senior
1998–99 Martin, KevinKevin Martin UNC Asheville Small forward Senior
1999–00 Williams, JasonJason Williams Radford Forward Junior
2000–01 Butler, TorreyTorrey Butler Coastal Carolina Small forward Junior
2001–02 Lewis, GregGreg Lewis Winthrop Power forward Senior
2002–03 Butler, TorreyTorrey Butler (2) Coastal Carolina Small forward Senior
2003–04 Gathings, DannyDanny Gathings High Point Power forward Junior
2004–05 Paelay, PelePele Paelay Coastal Carolina Shooting guard Junior
2005–06 Leasure, JackJack Leasure Coastal Carolina Point guard / Shooting guard Sophomore
2006–07 Reid, ArizonaArizona Reid High Point Power forward Junior
2007–08 Reid, ArizonaArizona Reid (2) High Point Power forward Senior
2008–09 Parakhouski, ArtsiomArtsiom Parakhouski Radford Center Junior
2009–10 Parakhouski, ArtsiomArtsiom Parakhouski (2) Radford Center Senior
2010–11 Sanders, JesseJesse Sanders Liberty Point guard Junior
2011–12 Dickey, MattMatt Dickey UNC Asheville Point guard Senior
2012–13 Okoye, StanStan Okoye VMI Power forward Senior
2013–14 Brown, JohnJohn Brown High Point Power forward Sophomore

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Coastal Carolina (1983) 9 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006
High Point (1999) 4 2004, 2007, 2008, 2014
UNC Asheville (1984) 4 1997, 1998, 1999, 2012
Campbell (1983/2011)[b] 3 1987, 1989, 1994
Radford (1983) 3 2000, 2009, 2010
Charleston Southern (1983) 2 1995, 1996
Winthrop (1983) 2 1986, 2002
Liberty (1991) 1 2011
VMI (2003)[c] 1 2013
Gardner–Webb (2008) 0
Longwood (2012) 0
Presbyterian (2007) 0

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "HPU player, coach get top honors from Big South Conference" (Press release). Greensboro News-Record. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "25th Anniversary Profile: Tony Dunkin". Big South Men's Basketball. Big South Conference. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Staff (15 March 1993). "College basketball: Team-by-team Look At Ncaa Men's Tournament → West Regional". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 April 2010.