Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
|NEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year|
|Awarded for||the most outstanding basketball player in the Northeast Conference|
|Currently held by||Jamal Olasewere, Long Island|
The Northeast Conference (NEC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual college basketball award given to the Northeast Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1982–83 season, when the league was known as the ECAC Metro Conference.[a 1]
The most well-recognized NEC Player of the Year is Marist's Rik Smits, who won the award in 1987 and 1988. Smits went on to have a successful National Basketball Association (NBA) career for 12 seasons (1988–2000), all with the Indiana Pacers. In 1998, Smits was named an Eastern Conference All-Star.
Long Island has the most all-time winners with seven; Central Connecticut State and Robert Morris are tied for second with five winners apiece. All charter members of the Northeast Conference that are still members have had at least one winner. Of current NEC members, only Bryant and Sacred Heart have had zero players of the year.
|†||Co-Players of the Year|
|*||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 Player of the Year award at that point|
Winners by school 
|School (year joined)||Winners||Years|
|Long Island (1981)||7||1984†, 1985, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2012, 2013|
|Central Connecticut State (1997)||5||2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2011|
|Robert Morris (1981)||5||1984†, 1989, 1992, 2008, 2009|
|Marist (1981)[a 2]||4||1983, 1987, 1988, 1994|
|Fairleigh Dickinson (1981)||2||1990, 2006|
|Monmouth (1985)[a 3]||2||2001, 2005|
|St. Francis (NY) (1981)||2||1984†, 1999|
|Wagner (1981)||2||1986, 2003|
|Mount St. Mary's (1989)||1||1996|
|Quinnipiac (1998)[a 3]||1||2010|
|Rider (1992)[a 4]||1||1993|
|Saint Francis (PA) (1981)||1||1991|
|Loyola (MD) (1981)[a 5]||0||—|
|Sacred Heart (1999)||0||—|
|Siena (1981)[a 6]||0||—|
|UMBC (1998)[a 7]||0||—|
- The Northeast Conference was founded in 1981 as the ECAC Metro Conference, but member schools changed the name beginning with the 1989–90 school year.
- Marist College was a charter member in 1981, but left in 1997 to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
- Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University will leave in 2013 for the MAAC.
- Rider University, which had spent five seasons in the NEC, left in 1997 to join the MAAC.
- Loyola University Maryland (then Loyola College in Maryland), also a charter member, left in 1989 to join the MAAC. The Greyhounds will join the Patriot League in 2013.
- Siena College, also a charter member, left in 1984 to join the MAAC.
- The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) left in 2003 to join the America East Conference.
- In addition, one charter member, Towson University (then Towson State University), left after the conference's first season of 1981–82, before the Player of the Year Award was created. The Tigers left for the East Coast Conference, and are now in the Colonial Athletic Association.
- "Records & History" (PDF, pg. 20). 2009–10 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Media Guide. Northeast Conference. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
- "Rik Smits Bio". National Basketball Association. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
- CCSU's Ken Horton Named Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, accessed March 1, 2011
- LIU Brooklyn's Julian Boyd Named 2011-12 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Retrieved on February 28, 2012.
- LIU Brooklyn's Jamal Olasewere Selected Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Retrieved on March 5, 2013.