Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Missouri Valley Conference
Country United States
First awarded 1969
Currently held by Fred VanVleet, Wichita State

The Larry Bird Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the Missouri Valley Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1968–69 season. It was renamed to honor Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who played at Indiana State from 1977 to 1979 and led the Sycamores to the 1979 NCAA Championship game. Bird won every major player of the year award (including the Naismith and Wooden awards) in 1979.

As of 2014, Creighton had the most all-time winners with seven, but it left the conference in July 2013 to join the new Big East Conference. Among schools remaining in the conference beyond 2013, Bradley and Southern Illinois have the most winners, with six apiece. The only current conference member that has never had a winner is Loyola (Chicago), which played its first MVC season in 2013–14. There have never been any ties for the player of the year, but there have been eight repeat winners in the award's history.

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 MVC Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Anthony Parker won in 1996 while playing for Bradley.
Kyle Korver (with ball) was back-to-back POY in 2002 and 2003.
Fred VanVleet, the 2014 winner from the Wichita State University.
Season Player School Position Class
1968–69 Smith, BingoBingo Smith Tulsa Shooting guard Senior
1969–70 Ard, JimJim Ard Cincinnati Center Senior
1970–71 Halliburton, JeffJeff Halliburton Drake Small forward Senior
1971–72 Finch, LarryLarry Finch Memphis State Guard Junior
1972–73 Kenon, LarryLarry Kenon Memphis State Power forward Junior
1973–74 Bridgeman, JuniorJunior Bridgeman Louisville Small forward Junior
1974–75 Bridgeman, JuniorJunior Bridgeman (2) Louisville Small forward Senior
1975–76 Glenn, MikeMike Glenn Southern Illinois Point guard Junior
1976–77 Phegley, RogerRoger Phegley Bradley Shooting guard Junior
1977–78 Bird, LarryLarry Bird Indiana State Small forward Junior
1978–79 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* (2) Indiana State Small forward Senior
1979–80 Lloyd, LewisLewis Lloyd Drake Small forward / Shooting guard Junior
1980–81 Lloyd, LewisLewis Lloyd (2) Drake Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1981–82 Pressey, PaulPaul Pressey Tulsa Point guard / Forward Senior
1982–83 Carr, AntoineAntoine Carr Wichita State Center Senior
1983–84 McDaniel, XavierXavier McDaniel Wichita State Power forward Junior
1984–85 McDaniel, XavierXavier McDaniel (2) Wichita State Power forward Senior
1985–86 Les, JimJim Les Bradley Point guard Senior
1986–87 Hawkins, HerseyHersey Hawkins Bradley Shooting guard Junior
1987–88 Hawkins, HerseyHersey Hawkins* (2) Bradley Shooting guard Senior
1988–89 Manuel, AnthonyAnthony Manuel Bradley Point guard Senior
1989–90 Harstad, BobBob Harstad Creighton Power forward Junior
1990–91 Gallagher, ChadChad Gallagher Creighton Center Senior
1991–92 Amaya, AshrafAshraf Amaya Southern Illinois Point guard Senior
1992–93 Smith, CurtCurt Smith Drake Point guard Junior
1993–94 Collier, GaryGary Collier Tulsa Small forward Senior
1994–95 Carr, ChrisChris Carr Southern Illinois Shooting guard Junior
1995–96 Parker, AnthonyAnthony Parker Bradley Shooting guard / Small forward Junior
1996–97 Daisy, JasonJason Daisy Northern Iowa Point guard Senior
1997–98 Hill, RicoRico Hill Illinois State Forward Senior
1998–99 Wilson, MarcusMarcus Wilson Evansville Shooting guard / Point guard Senior
1999–00 Green, NateNate Green Indiana State Small forward Senior
2000–01 Bryson, TariseTarise Bryson Illinois State Point guard Junior
2001–02 Korver, KyleKyle Korver Creighton Small forward / Shooting guard Junior
2002–03 Korver, KyleKyle Korver (2) Creighton Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
2003–04 Brooks, DarrenDarren Brooks Southern Illinois Guard Junior
2004–05 Brooks, DarrenDarren Brooks (2) Southern Illinois Guard Senior
2005–06 Miller, PaulPaul Miller Wichita State Center Senior
2006–07 Tatum, JamaalJamaal Tatum Southern Illinois Shooting guard Senior
2007–08 Emmenecker, AdamAdam Emmenecker Drake Point guard Senior
2008–09 Woodfox, BookerBooker Woodfox Creighton Shooting guard Senior
2009–10 Koch, AdamAdam Koch Northern Iowa Power forward Senior
2010–11 Weems, KyleKyle Weems Missouri State Small forward Junior
2011–12 McDermott, DougDoug McDermott Creighton Small forward / Power forward Sophomore
2012–13 McDermott, DougDoug McDermott (2) Creighton Small forward / Power forward Junior
2013–14 VanVleet, FredFred VanVleet Wichita State Point guard Sophomore

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Creighton (1977)[a] 7 1990, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2012, 2013
Bradley (1948) 6 1977, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1996
Southern Illinois (1975) 6 1976, 1992, 1995, 2004, 2005, 2007
Drake (1907) 5 1971, 1980, 1981, 1993, 2008
Wichita State (1945) 5 1983, 1984, 1985, 2006, 2014
Indiana State (1977) 3 1978, 1979, 2000
Tulsa (1935)[b] 3 1969, 1982, 1994
Illinois State (1981) 2 1998, 2001
Louisville (1963)[c] 2 1974, 1975
Memphis State (1968)[d] 2 1972, 1973
Northern Iowa (1991) 2 1997, 2010
Cincinnati (1957)[e] 1 1970
Evansville (1994) 1 1999
Missouri State (1990) 1 2011
Loyola (2013) 0

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