Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Colonial Athletic Association
Country United States
First awarded 1983
Currently held by Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Colonial Athletic Association's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1982–83 season, when the conference was known as the ECAC South basketball league. In 1985, the conference expanded to offer more sports, and became the Colonial Athletic Association.[1]

The first award, the only tie, was given to Dan Ruland of James Madison and Carlos Yates of George Mason. Two different players have won the award three times. David Robinson of Navy won in 1984, 1985, and 1986.[1] George Evans won in 1999, 2000, and 2001 while playing for George Mason. Evans' first award in 1999 was as a 28-year-old sophomore—he had served seven years in the United States Army, seeing combat in Somalia, Bosnia, and Desert Storm.[1][2][3] Steve Hood of James Madison, Odell Hodge of Old Dominion, Brett Blizzard of UNCW, Eric Maynor of Virginia Commonwealth (VCU), Charles Jenkins of Hofstra, and Jerrelle Benimon of Towson have each won the award twice.[1]

As of 2014, the three schools with the most winners are no longer in the conference. The leader, George Mason (six winners), left for the Atlantic 10 in 2013. Old Dominion and VCU have each had four winners, but Old Dominion left for Conference USA in 2013, and VCU left for the A10 in 2012. Navy's three wins by Robinson were won while the team was a conference member for just nine years. Another charter member, Richmond, won three awards before leaving the conference in 2001. An early member still in the conference, James Madison, also has three winners, as does 2001 arrival Hofstra, giving those two schools the most winners among current CAA members. Other original members to leave, American and East Carolina, each have one recipient. Of the conference's current members, William & Mary is the only original member without a winner.[1]

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 CAA Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

David Robinson won the award three times while playing at Navy.
José Juan Barea is the only winner from Northeastern (2006).
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1982–83 Dan Ruland James Madison Center Senior
1982–83 Carlos Yates George Mason Forward Sophomore
1983–84 Johnny Newman Richmond Forward/Guard Sophomore [4]
1984–85 David Robinson Navy Center Sophomore [5]
1985–86 David Robinson (2) Navy Center Junior [5]
1986–87 David Robinson* (3) Navy Center Senior [5]
1987–88 Kenny Sanders George Mason Forward Junior
1988–89 Blue Edwards East Carolina Forward Senior [6]
1989–90 Steve Hood James Madison Shooting guard Junior
1990–91 Steve Hood (2) James Madison Shooting guard Senior
1991–92 Curtis Blair Richmond Shooting guard Senior
1992–93 Brian Gilgeous American Forward/Guard Senior
1993–94 Odell Hodge Old Dominion Center/Forward Sophomore [7]
1994–95 Petey Sessoms Old Dominion Forward Senior [8]
1995–96 Bernard Hopkins VCU Forward Senior [9]
1996–97 Odell Hodge (2) Old Dominion Center/Forward Senior [7]
1997–98 Jarod Stevenson Richmond Small forward Senior
1998–99 George Evans George Mason Center/Forward Sophomore [2]
1999–00 George Evans (2) George Mason Center/Forward Junior [2]
2000–01 George Evans (3) George Mason Center/Forward Senior [2]
2001–02 Brett Blizzard UNC Wilmington Shooting guard Junior [10]
2002–03 Brett Blizzard (2) UNC Wilmington Shooting guard Senior [10]
2003–04 Domonic Jones VCU Point guard Senior
2004–05 Alex Loughton Old Dominion Center/Forward Junior [11]
2005–06 José Juan Barea Northeastern Point guard Senior [12]
2006–07 Loren Stokes Hofstra Guard Senior [13]
2007–08 Eric Maynor VCU Point guard Junior [14]
2008–09 Eric Maynor (2) VCU Point guard Senior [14]
2009–10 Charles Jenkins Hofstra Point guard Junior
2010–11 Charles Jenkins (2) Hofstra Point guard Senior
2011–12 Ryan Pearson George Mason Small forward Senior [14]
2012–13 Jerrelle Benimon Towson Power forward Junior [15]
2013–14 Jerrelle Benimon (2) Towson Power forward Senior [16]

Winners by school[edit]

The CAA began in 1982 when it was known as the ECAC South. The CAA was officially organized in 1985 when it expanded from only a basketball conference. Awards from the ECAC are included.[1]

School (year joined) Winners Years
George Mason (1982)[a] 6 1983, 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2012
Old Dominion (1991)[b] 4 1994, 1995, 1997, 2005
Virginia Commonwealth (1995)[c] 4 1996, 2004, 2008, 2009
Hofstra (2001) 3 2007, 2010, 2011
James Madison (1982) 3 1983, 1990, 1991
Navy (1982)[d] 3 1985, 1986, 1987
Richmond (1982)[e] 3 1984, 1992, 1998
Towson (2001) 2 2013, 2014
UNC Wilmington (1985) 2 2002, 2003
American (1984)[f] 1 1993
East Carolina (1982)[g] 1 1989
Northeastern (2005) 1 2006
Charleston (2013) 0
Delaware (2001) 0
Drexel (2001) 0
Georgia State (2005)[h] 0
William & Mary (1982) 0

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "George Mason's Evans puts the war in warrior". CNN/SI. March 7, 1999. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ Greenberger, Neil H. (February 26, 1999). "GMU's Evans Is All That He Can Be; Army Veteran Is Named CAA Player of the Year". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 1, 2009. 
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  6. ^ "Blue Edwards". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
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  12. ^ "NBA.com: José Barea Bio Page". NBA.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ "STOKES NAMED CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR, JOINS AGUDIO ON FIRST TEAM". Hofstra University. Retrieved March 24, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b c Staff (March 5, 2009). "VCU’s Sanders named CAA’s top defensive player". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Benimon Headlines All-CAA Men's Basketball Team". CAAsports.com. March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Towson's Jerrelle Benimon repeats as CAA Player of the Year". Baltimore Sun. March 8, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Atlantic 10 Conference Adds George Mason University as Full Member" (Press release). Atlantic 10 Conference. March 25, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Conference USA Adds Old Dominion" (Press release). Conference USA. May 17, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Atlantic 10 Conference Adds VCU as Full Member" (Press release). Atlantic 10 Conference. May 15, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
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  21. ^ "Atlantic 10 Conference". Atlantic 10 Conference. Retrieved March 24, 2009. 
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  23. ^ "Georgia State to Join Sun Belt Conference" (Press release). Sun Belt Conference. April 9, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2012.