Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Ohio Valley Conference
Country United States
First awarded 1963
Currently held by J. J. Mann, Belmont

The Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the Ohio Valley Conference's (OVC) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1962–63 season. The most recent winner was J. J. Mann of Belmont.

Thirteen players in OVC history have claimed more than one player of the year award, the most recent of whom was Isaiah Canaan, winner in 2011–12 and 2012–13. Among the repeat winners, only one—Clem Haskins of Western Kentucky—has been a three-time player of the year. Haskins achieved the feat from 1965 through 1967.

Murray State dominates the award's selection, as it has 17 winners (more than doubling what second–most Western Kentucky has with seven). However, before Canaan claimed the award in 2012, the Racers had gone without a winner since 2004. Of current OVC members, only Jacksonville State and SIU Edwardsville have had no winners. Both schools are relatively new to the conference, respectively joining in 2003 and 2008.

Four ties have occurred for player of the year: 1968, 1976, 1983 and 2013. No Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year has ever been selected as any national player of the year.

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 OVC Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Marcus Brown, the winner in 1995 and 1996, later played in the EuroLeague.
Bud Eley took home player of the year in 1999 while at Southeast Missouri State.
Trenton Hassell won as a junior in 2001.
Season Player School Position Class
1962–63 Sergent, HaroldHarold Sergent Morehead State Point guard Sophomore
1963–64 Jennings, JimJim Jennings Murray State Forward Senior
1964–65 Haskins, ClemClem Haskins Western Kentucky Shooting guard Sophomore
1965–66 Haskins, ClemClem Haskins (2) Western Kentucky Shooting guard Junior
1966–67 Haskins, ClemClem Haskins (3) Western Kentucky Shooting guard Senior
1967–68 Chapman, WayneWayne Chapman Western Kentucky Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
1967–68 Swift, SkeeterSkeeter Swift East Tennessee State Guard Junior
1968–69 Virden, ClaudeClaude Virden Murray State Small forward Sophomore
1969–70 McDaniels, JimJim McDaniels Western Kentucky Center Junior
1970–71 McDaniels, JimJim McDaniels (2) Western Kentucky Center Senior
1971–72 Taylor, LesLes Taylor Murray State Small forward Junior
1972–73 Taylor, LesLes Taylor (2) Murray State Small forward Senior
1973–74 Williams, FlyFly Williams Austin Peay Point guard Sophomore
1974–75 Sorrell, GeorgeGeorge Sorrell Middle Tennessee Power forward Senior
1975–76 Britt, JohnnyJohnny Britt Western Kentucky Point guard Senior
1975–76 Sisneros, TimTim Sisneros Middle Tennessee Center Senior
1976–77 Howard, OtisOtis Howard Austin Peay Small forward Junior
1977–78 Howard, OtisOtis Howard (2) Austin Peay Small forward Senior
1978–79 Tillman, James "Turk"James "Turk" Tillman Eastern Kentucky Forward Junior
1979–80 Hooker, GaryGary Hooker Murray State Power forward Senior
1980–81 Beck, JerryJerry Beck Middle Tennessee Power forward Junior
1981–82 Beck, JerryJerry Beck (2) Middle Tennessee Power forward Senior
1982–83 Green, GlenGlen Green Murray State Small forward Senior
1982–83 Jakubick, JoeJoe Jakubick Akron Shooting guard Junior
1983–84 Jakubick, JoeJoe Jakubick (2) Akron Shooting guard Senior
1984–85 Kite, StephenStephen Kite Tennessee Tech Forward Junior
1985–86 Boyce, MarcelMarcel Boyce Akron Small forward Senior
1986–87 McCann, BobBob McCann Morehead State Power forward Senior
1987–88 Martin, JeffJeff Martin Murray State Shooting guard Junior
1988–89 Martin, JeffJeff Martin (2) Murray State Shooting guard Senior
1989–90 Jones, PopeyePopeye Jones Murray State Power forward Sophomore
1990–91 Jones, PopeyePopeye Jones (2) Murray State Power forward Junior
1991–92 Roberts, BrettBrett Roberts Morehead State Small forward Senior
1992–93 Rogers, CarlosCarlos Rogers Tennessee State Center Junior
1993–94 Rogers, CarlosCarlos Rogers (2) Tennessee State Center Senior
1994–95 Brown, MarcusMarcus Brown Murray State Shooting guard Junior
1995–96 Brown, MarcusMarcus Brown (2) Murray State Shooting guard Senior
1996–97 Wells, BubbaBubba Wells Austin Peay Small forward Senior
1997–98 Mayes, De'TeriDe'Teri Mayes Murray State Point guard / Shooting guard Senior
1998–99 Eley, BudBud Eley Southeast Missouri State Center Senior
1999–00 Reese, AubreyAubrey Reese Murray State Point guard Senior
2000–01 Hassell, TrentonTrenton Hassell Austin Peay Small forward / Shooting guard Junior
2001–02 Domercant, HenryHenry Domercant Eastern Illinois Shooting guard Junior
2002–03 Minard, RickyRicky Minard Morehead State Point guard / Shooting guard Junior
2003–04 Victor, CuthbertCuthbert Victor Murray State Small forward Senior
2004–05 Jenkins, WillieWillie Jenkins Tennessee Tech Center / Power forward Senior
2005–06 Merritt, J. RobertJ. Robert Merritt Samford Power forward Senior
2006–07 Reed, DrakeDrake Reed Austin Peay Small forward Sophomore
2007–08 Hudson, LesterLester Hudson Tennessee–Martin Point guard Junior
2008–09 Hudson, LesterLester Hudson (2) Tennessee–Martin Point guard Senior
2009–10 Faried, KennethKenneth Faried Morehead State Power forward / Center Junior
2010–11 Faried, KennethKenneth Faried (2) Morehead State Power forward / Center Senior
2011–12 Canaan, IsaiahIsaiah Canaan[1] Murray State Point guard / Shooting guard Junior
2012–13 Canaan, IsaiahIsaiah Canaan (2)[2] Murray State Point guard / Shooting guard Senior
2012–13 Clark, IanIan Clark[2] Belmont Shooting guard Senior
2013–14 Mann, J. J.J. J. Mann[3] Belmont Small forward Senior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Murray State (1948) 17 1964, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2012, 2013
Western Kentucky (1948)[a] 7 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1976
Austin Peay (1962) 6 1974, 1977, 1978, 1997, 2001, 2007
Morehead State (1948) 6 1963, 1987, 1992, 2003, 2010, 2011
Middle Tennessee (1952)[b] 4 1975, 1976, 1981, 1982
Akron (1980)[c] 3 1983, 1984, 1986
Belmont (2012) 2 2013, 2014
Tennessee State (1986) 2 1993, 1994
Tennessee Tech (1949) 2 1985, 2005
Tennessee–Martin (1992) 2 2008, 2009
East Tennessee State (1958)[d] 1 1968
Eastern Illinois (1996) 1 2002
Eastern Kentucky (1948) 1 1979
Samford (2003)[e] 1 2006
Southeast Missouri State (1991) 1 1999
Jacksonville State (2003) 0
SIU Edwardsville (2008) 0

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Murray State's Canaan, Prohm, Long and Tennessee–Martin's Taylor Earn Top 2012 OVC Men's Basketball Honors" (Press release). Ohio Valley Conference. February 28, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Murray State's Canaan, Belmont's Clark and Byrd Earn Top 2012-13 OVC Men's Basketball Honors" (Press release). Ohio Valley Conference. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Belmont's Rick Byrd, J.J. Mann lead All-OVC basketball honors" (Press release). Tennesseean.com. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014.