East Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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East Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the East Coast Conference
Country United States
First awarded 1975
Last awarded 1994
Currently held by Reggie Smith, Northeastern Illinois

The East Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year was a basketball award given to the East Coast Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1974–75 season and was discontinued after the league folded following the 1993–94 season. In 1994 the East Coast Conference was absorbed into the Mid-Continent Conference, now known as The Summit League.

There were two ties in the award's history — 1982 and 1987. In its first year, the ECC named Players of the Year for each division — with Wilbur Thomas of American named the East Player of the Year and Henry Horne of Lafayette winning the West award.

One player, Michael Brooks of La Salle, won the award three times (1978, 1979, 1980) and was also named the National Player of the Year (1980) by being presented the NABC Player of the Year. Two others, Michael Anderson of Drexel and Kurk Lee of Towson State, won the award twice.

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 ECC Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Season Player School Position Class
1974–75 Horne, HenryHenry Horne Lafayette Power forward / Center Senior
1974–75 Thomas, WilburWilbur Thomas American Power forward / Small forward Senior
1975–76 Tripucka, ToddTodd Tripucka Lafayette Shooting guard Senior
1976–77 Laurel, RichRich Laurel Hofstra Small forward Senior
1977–78 Brooks, MichaelMichael Brooks La Salle Small forward Sophomore
1978–79 Brooks, MichaelMichael Brooks (2) La Salle Small forward Junior
1979–80 Brooks, MichaelMichael Brooks* (3) La Salle Small forward Senior
1980–81 Hatzenbeller, LenLen Hatzenbeller Drexel Center Senior
1981–82 Hall, GrangerGranger Hall Temple Center Sophomore
1981–82 Nickens, MarkMark Nickens American Shooting guard Junior
1982–83 Taylor, DavidDavid Taylor Hofstra Power forward Senior
1983–84 Congo, RichardRichard Congo Drexel Power forward Senior
1984–85 Andrews, JayeJaye Andrews Bucknell Shooting guard Senior
1985–86 Anderson, MichaelMichael Anderson Drexel Point guard Sophomore
1986–87 Queenan, DarenDaren Queenan Lehigh Small forward Junior
1986–87 Simpson, RonRon Simpson Rider Small forward Junior
1987–88 Anderson, MichaelMichael Anderson (2) Drexel Point guard Senior
1988–89 Lee, KurkKurk Lee Towson State Shooting guard Junior
1989–90 Lee, KurkKurk Lee (2) Towson State Shooting guard Senior
1990–91 Boyd, DevinDevin Boyd Towson State Point guard Junior
1991–92 Jacobs, TerranceTerrance Jacobs Towson State Point guard / Shooting guard Senior
1992–93 No Player of the Year selected
1993–94 Smith, ReggieReggie Smith Northeastern Illinois Shooting guard Senior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Drexel (1958) 4 1981, 1984, 1986, 1988
Towson State (1982) 4 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
La Salle (1958) 3 1978, 1979, 1980
American (1965) 2 1975, 1982
Hofstra (1965) 2 1977, 1983
Lafayette (1958) 2 1975, 1976
Bucknell (1958) 1 1985
Lehigh (1958) 1 1987
Northeastern Illinois (1993) 1 1994
Rider (1966) 1 1987
Temple (1958) 1 1982

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