Lefty Driesell Award
|Lefty Driesell Award|
|Awarded for||the nation's top men's defensive player in NCAA Division I basketball|
|Currently held by||Darion Atkins, Virginia|
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.
|*||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|
|2009–10||Varnado, JarvisJarvis Varnado||Mississippi State||Senior|||
|2010–11||Bazemore, KentKent Bazemore||Old Dominion||Junior|||
|2011–12||Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis*||Kentucky||Freshman|||
|2012–13||Brenton, TommyTommy Brenton||Stony Brook||Senior|||
|2013–14||Payton, ElfridElfrid Payton||Louisiana–Lafayette||Junior|||
|2014–15||Atkins, DarionDarion Atkins||Virginia||Senior|||
Winners by school
- "Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year Award". CollegeInsider.com. 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- "Lefty Driesell Award". CollegeInsider.com. 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- "Varnado Wins Lefty Driesell Award". Southeastern Conference. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- "ODU's Bazemore named Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year". Daily Press. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- "Insells experienced UK's run together". DNJ.com. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- "Brenton named Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year". GoSeawolves.com. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "UL guard Elfrid Payton win Lefty Driesell Award". theAvertiser.com. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- Oakes, Jamie (April 3, 2015). "Darion Atkins named National Defensive Player of the Year". 247Sports.com. Retrieved April 3, 2015.