Lefty Driesell Award

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Lefty Driesell Award
Awarded for the nation's top men's defensive player in NCAA Division I basketball
Country United States
Presented by CollegeInsider.com
First awarded 2010
Currently held by Darion Atkins, Virginia
Official website http://www.collegeinsider.com/lefty/

The Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's college basketball defender in NCAA Division I competition. The award was established in 2010 and is named for legendary head coach Lefty Driesell, who is the only head coach to amass 100 wins at four different Division I schools and is best remembered for his success with the Maryland Terrapins program.[1]


* Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year or the John R. Wooden Award
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Lefty Driesell Award
Year Player School Class Reference
2009–10 Varnado, JarvisJarvis Varnado Mississippi State Senior [2]
2010–11 Bazemore, KentKent Bazemore Old Dominion Junior [3]
2011–12 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis* Kentucky Freshman [4]
2012–13 Brenton, TommyTommy Brenton Stony Brook Senior [5]
2013–14 Payton, ElfridElfrid Payton Louisiana–Lafayette Junior [6]
2014–15 Atkins, DarionDarion Atkins Virginia Senior [7]

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Kentucky 1 2012
Louisiana–Lafayette 1 2014
Mississippi State 1 2010
Old Dominion 1 2011
Stony Brook 1 2013
Virginia 1 2015


  1. ^ "Lefty Driesell Award". CollegeInsider.com. 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Varnado Wins Lefty Driesell Award". Southeastern Conference. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "ODU's Bazemore named Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year". Daily Press. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Insells experienced UK's run together". DNJ.com. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Brenton named Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year". GoSeawolves.com. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "UL guard Elfrid Payton win Lefty Driesell Award". theAvertiser.com. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Oakes, Jamie (April 3, 2015). "Darion Atkins named National Defensive Player of the Year". 247Sports.com. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 

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