NABC Player of the Year

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NABC Player of the Year
Awarded for the most outstanding NCAA men's basketball players in all levels of competition
Country United States
Presented by NABC
State Farm Insurance
First awarded 1975
Currently held by Doug McDermott, Creighton
Official website Official website

The NABC Player of the Year is an award given annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to recognize the top player in men's college basketball. The award has been given since the 1974–75 season to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball players. The association added awards for Division II and Division III players in 1983, and for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and junior college players in 2008. The awards are sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

In Division I, Duke has the most all-time winners with five. Their rival, North Carolina, is second with four winners. There have been three ties for NABC Player of the Year (2002, 2004, 2006), and only two players have won the award multiple times (Jay Williams and Ralph Sampson).

In Division II, Virginia Union has four winners, the most all-time, and is followed by Kentucky Wesleyan which has three. Only one tie has occurred (2006), while three players have won the award more than once (Stan Gouard, Earl Jones, John Smith).

In Division III, Potsdam State has the most all-time winners with three, while six other schools are tied for second with two winners apiece. There have been two ties (2007, 2010) and two repeat winners (Leroy Witherspoon, Andrew Olson).

At the NAIA level, there is a distinction between NAIA Division I and NAIA Division II winners. Since the awards began in 2008, no school or individual player has received the award multiple times.

In junior college, every winner has been a sophomore and has gone on to play at an NCAA Division I school after their community college careers have ended.


Co-Players of the Year
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the Player of the Year award
School (X) Denotes the number of times a player from that school has been given the Player of the Year award

State Farm Division I Players of the Year[edit]

Patrick Ewing is the only winner from Georgetown.
Antawn Jamison won in 1997–98.
Adam Morrison shared the award as a junior in 2005–06.
Season Player School State Position Class
1974–75 Thompson, DavidDavid Thompson NC State North Carolina Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
1975–76 May, ScottScott May Indiana Indiana Forward Senior
1976–77 Johnson, MarquesMarques Johnson UCLA California Guard / Forward Senior
1977–78 Ford, PhilPhil Ford North Carolina North Carolina Point guard Senior
1978–79 Bird, LarryLarry Bird Indiana State Indiana Small forward Senior
1979–80 Brooks, MichaelMichael Brooks La Salle Pennsylvania Forward Senior
1980–81 Ainge, DannyDanny Ainge Brigham Young Utah Shooting guard Senior
1981–82 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson Virginia Virginia Center Junior
1982–83 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson (2) Virginia (2) Virginia Center Senior
1983–84 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan North Carolina (2) North Carolina Shooting guard Junior
1984–85 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing Georgetown Washington, D.C. Center Senior
1985–86 Berry, WalterWalter Berry St. John's New York Power forward Senior
1986–87 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson Navy Maryland Center Senior
1987–88 Manning, DannyDanny Manning Kansas Kansas Power forward Senior
1988–89 Elliott, SeanSean Elliott Arizona Arizona Small forward Senior
1989–90 Simmons, LionelLionel Simmons La Salle (2) Pennsylvania Small forward Senior
1990–91 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson UNLV Nevada Power forward Senior
1991–92 Laettner, ChristianChristian Laettner Duke North Carolina Forward Senior
1992–93 Cheaney, CalbertCalbert Cheaney Indiana (2) Indiana Small forward Senior
1993–94 Robinson, GlennGlenn Robinson Purdue Indiana Small forward / Power forward Sophomore
1994–95 Respert, ShawnShawn Respert Michigan State Michigan Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby Massachusetts Massachusetts Center Junior
1996–97 Duncan, TimTim Duncan Wake Forest North Carolina Center Senior
1997–98 Jamison, AntawnAntawn Jamison North Carolina (3) North Carolina Small forward Junior
1998–99 Brand, EltonElton Brand Duke (2) North Carolina Center Sophomore
1999–00 Martin, KenyonKenyon Martin Cincinnati Ohio Power forward Senior
2000–01 Williams, JayJay Williams Duke (3) North Carolina Point guard Sophomore
2001–02 Gooden, DrewDrew Gooden Kansas (2) Kansas Center Junior
2001–02 Williams, JayJay Williams (2) Duke (4) North Carolina Point guard Junior
2002–03 Collison, NickNick Collison Kansas (3) Kansas Power forward Senior
2003–04 Nelson, JameerJameer Nelson Saint Joseph's Pennsylvania Point guard Senior
2003–04 Okafor, EmekaEmeka Okafor Connecticut Connecticut Center Junior
2004–05 Bogut, AndrewAndrew Bogut Utah Utah Center Sophomore
2005–06 Morrison, AdamAdam Morrison Gonzaga Washington Shooting guard Junior
2005–06 Redick, J. J.J. J. Redick Duke (5) North Carolina Shooting guard Senior
2006–07 Durant, KevinKevin Durant Texas Texas Small forward Freshman
2007–08 Hansbrough, TylerTyler Hansbrough North Carolina (4) North Carolina Power forward Junior
2008–09 Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin Oklahoma Oklahoma Power forward Sophomore
2009–10 Turner, EvanEvan Turner Ohio State Ohio Small forward Junior
2010–11 Fredette, JimmerJimmer Fredette Brigham Young Utah Point guard Senior
2011–12 Green, DraymondDraymond Green Michigan State (2) Michigan Power forward Senior
2012–13 Burke, TreyTrey Burke Michigan Michigan Point guard Sophomore
2013–14 McDermott, DougDoug McDermott Creighton Nebraska Small forward Senior

State Farm Division II Player of the Year[edit]

Charles Oakley won in 1984–85 and later became an NBA All-Star while playing for the New York Knicks.
Season Player School State Position Class
1982–83 Jones, EarlEarl Jones District of Columbia Washington, D.C. Center Junior
1983–84 Jones, EarlEarl Jones (2) District of Columbia (2) Washington, D.C. Center Senior
1984–85 Oakley, CharlesCharles Oakley Virginia Union Virginia Power forward Senior
1985–86 Linder, ToddTodd Linder Tampa Florida Small forward Junior
1986–87 Talley, RalphRalph Talley Norfolk State Virginia Point guard Senior
1987–88 Johnson, JerryJerry Johnson Florida Southern Florida Point guard Senior
1988–89 Kearney, KrisKris Kearney Florida Southern (2) Florida Forward Senior
1989–90 English, A. J.A. J. English Virginia Union (2) Virginia Shooting guard Senior
1990–91 Crowder, CoreyCorey Crowder Kentucky Wesleyan Kentucky Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1991–92 Manuel, EricEric Manuel Oklahoma City Oklahoma Small forward Senior
1992–93 Wright, AlexAlex Wright Central Oklahoma Oklahoma Shooting guard Senior
1993–94 Johnson, DerrickDerrick Johnson Virginia Union (3) Virginia Center / Power forward Senior
1994–95 Gouard, StanStan Gouard Southern Indiana Indiana Guard Junior
1995–96 Gouard, StanStan Gouard (2) Southern Indiana (2) Indiana Guard Senior
1996–97 Stewart, KebuKebu Stewart Cal State Bakersfield California Power forward Senior
1997–98 Newton, JoeJoe Newton Central Oklahoma (2) Oklahoma Point guard / Shooting guard Senior
1998–99 García, AntonioAntonio García Kentucky Wesleyan (2) Kentucky Forward Senior
1999–00 Gaines, AjumuAjumu Gaines Charleston West Virginia Point guard Senior
2000–01 Ducharme, ColinColin Ducharme Longwood Virginia Power forward Senior
2001–02 Murray, RonaldRonald Murray Shaw North Carolina Shooting guard / Point guard Senior
2002–03 Parmer, MarlonMarlon Parmer Kentucky Wesleyan (3) Kentucky Point guard Senior
2003–04 Inbar, EladElad Inbar UMass Lowell Massachusetts Forward Senior
2004–05 Worthington, MarkMark Worthington Metro State Colorado Forward Senior
2005–06 Hargrove, DariusDarius Hargrove Virginia Union (4) Virginia Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
2005–06 Trofholz, TurnerTurner Trofholz South Dakota South Dakota Power forward Senior
2006–07 Smith, JohnJohn Smith Winona State Minnesota Center Junior
2007–08 Smith, JohnJohn Smith (2) Winona State (2) Minnesota Center Senior
2008–09 Bostic, JoshJosh Bostic Findlay Ohio Small forward Senior
2009–10 Westrol, JasonJason Westrol Bentley Massachusetts Point guard Senior
2010–11 Webb, DarrylDarryl Webb Indiana (PA) Pennsylvania Forward Senior
2011–12 Hobbs, BraydonBraydon Hobbs Bellarmine Kentucky Point guard Senior
2012–13 Vette, ClaytonClayton Vette Winona State (3) Minnesota Power forward Senior
2013–14 Jefferson, BrandonBrandon Jefferson Metro State (2) Colorado Point guard Senior

State Farm Division III Player of the Year[edit]

Jimmy Bartolotta was the first recipient to play for MIT. He was the Division III Player of the Year in 2008–09.
Season Player School State Position Class
1982–83 Witherspoon, LeroyLeroy Witherspoon Potsdam State New York Point guard Junior
1983–84 Witherspoon, LeroyLeroy Witherspoon (2) Potsdam State (2) New York Point guard Senior
1984–85 Casey, TimTim Casey Wittenberg Ohio Senior
1985–86 Hempy, DickDick Hempy Otterbein Ohio Guard Junior
1986–87 Mitchell, BrendanBrendan Mitchell Potsdam State (3) New York Small forward Senior
1987–88 Tedder, ScottScott Tedder Ohio Wesleyan Ohio Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1988–89 Grant, GregGreg Grant Trenton State New Jersey Point guard Senior
1989–90 Hancock, MattMatt Hancock Colby Maine Shooting guard Senior
1990–91 Baldridge, BradBrad Baldridge Wittenberg (2) Ohio Center Senior
1991–92 Foreman, AndreAndre Foreman Salisbury State Maryland Power forward Senior
1992–93 Hondred, SteveSteve Hondred Calvin Michigan
1993–94 Fitch, ScottScott Fitch SUNY Geneseo New York Guard Senior
1994–95 Jones, D'ArtisD'Artis Jones Ohio Northern Ohio Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 Benter, DavidDavid Benter Hanover Indiana Senior
1996–97 Crabtree, BryanBryan Crabtree Illinois Wesleyan Illinois Small forward Senior
1997–98 Nogelo, MikeMike Nogelo Williams Massachusetts Forward Senior
1998–99 Brunson, MerrillMerrill Brunson Wisconsin–Platteville Wisconsin Point guard / Shooting guard Junior
1999–00 Winkle, AaronAaron Winkle Calvin (2) Michigan Power forward Senior
2000–01 Jenkins, HoraceHorace Jenkins William Paterson New Jersey Point guard Senior
2001–02 Gibbs, JeffJeff Gibbs Otterbein (2) Ohio Forward Senior
2002–03 Nelson, BryanBryan Nelson Wooster Ohio
2003–04 Melzer, RichardRichard Melzer Wisconsin–River Falls Wisconsin Forward Senior
2004–05 Kalsow, JasonJason Kalsow Wisconsin–Stevens Point Wisconsin Power forward Junior
2005–06 Adair, BrandonBrandon Adair Virginia Wesleyan Virginia Small forward Junior
2006–07 Olson, AndrewAndrew Olson Amherst Massachusetts Point guard Junior
2006–07 Strong, BenBen Strong Guilford North Carolina Center Junior
2007–08 Olson, AndrewAndrew Olson (2) Amherst (2) Massachusetts Point guard Senior
2008–09 Bartolotta, JimmyJimmy Bartolotta MIT Massachusetts Shooting guard Senior
2009–10 Sanborn, TylerTyler Sanborn Guilford (2) North Carolina Center Senior
2010–11 Taylor, MichaelMichael Taylor Whitworth Washington Shooting guard Senior
2011–12 Davis, ChrisChris Davis Wisconsin–Whitewater Wisconsin Power forward Senior
2012–13 Toomey, AaronAaron Toomey Amherst (3) Massachusetts Point guard Junior
2013–14 Walton-Moss, AaronAaron Walton-Moss Cabrini Pennsylvania Point guard Junior

State Farm NAIA Players of the Year[edit]

For the 2007–08 season, Ryan Fiegi, a senior point guard at Oregon Tech, was named the player of the year. Beginning in 2008–09, the NAIA began awarding players of the year for Divisions I and II.

Division I
Season Player School State Position Class
2008–09 Payne, GeoffGeoff Payne Westminster Utah Forward Senior
2009–10 Brumfield, NateNate Brumfield Oklahoma Baptist Oklahoma Forward Senior
2010–11 Johnson, JustinJustin Johnson Concordia California Guard Senior
2011–12 Wilson, EmmanuelEmmanuel Wilson Oklahoma Baptist (2) Oklahoma Guard Senior
2012–13 Moses, VicVic Moses Georgetown Kentucky Forward Senior
2012–13 Rambo, DominiqueDominique Rambo SAGU Texas Guard Junior
2013–14 Rambo, DominiqueDominique Rambo (2) SAGU (2) Texas Guard Senior
Division II
Season Player School State Position Class
2008–09 Walker, WilliamWilliam Walker Bethel Indiana Forward Senior
2009–10 Briggs, SteveSteve Briggs Oklahoma Wesleyan Oklahoma Guard Senior
2010–11 Rojas, SadielSadiel Rojas Oklahoma Wesleyan (2) Oklahoma Forward Senior
2011–12 Dunn, JonathanJonathan Dunn Northwood Florida Guard Senior
2012–13 James, Ra'ShadRa'Shad James Northwood (2) Florida Guard Senior
2013–14 Mitchell, JoeJoe Mitchell Friends Kansas Guard Senior

State Farm Junior College Player of the Year[edit]

Since community college players only attend for two years, these players are only either freshmen or sophomores. Afterwards, they move on to a four year university to finish their last two seasons of NCAA eligibility. The "University" column reflects which team these players would play for following their JuCo careers.

Season Player Junior college State Position Class University
2007–08 Simmons, JeremieJeremie Simmons Mott CC Michigan Guard Sophomore Ohio State
2008–09 Ricks, NafisNafis Ricks Johnson County CC Kansas Guard Sophomore Missouri State
2009–10 Crowder, JaeJae Crowder Howard Texas Forward Sophomore Marquette
2010–11 Turpin, KielKiel Turpin Lincoln Illinois Center Sophomore Florida State
2011–12 Early, CleanthonyCleanthony Early SUNY Sullivan New York Power forward Sophomore Wichita State
2012–13 Jones, ChrisChris Jones Northwest Florida State Florida Guard Sophomore Louisville
2013–14 Allen, KadeemKadeem Allen Hutchinson CC Kansas Guard Sophomore Arizona

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