Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Southland Conference
Country United States
First awarded 1964
Currently held by Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin

The Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Southland Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the conference's inaugural basketball season of 1963–64. Four players have won the award two times: Jerry Rook, Larry Jeffries, Andrew Toney and Ryan Stuart. No player has ever won three times.

As of 2015, McNeese State has the most all-time winners with eight. Four conference members have never had a winner—Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, and New Orleans. All of these schools are relatively new to the league—Central Arkansas joined in 2006, and the other three joined in 2013. Another school that entered in 2013, Abilene Christian, has one winner from its past tenure in the conference (1963–1973).


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 Southland Player of the Year award at that point


Karl Malone won the award in 1983. He later became the NBA's second all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.
Demond Mallet (right) was McNeese State's seventh winner of the Southland Conference Player of the Year award.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1963–64 Rook, JerryJerry Rook Arkansas State Forward Junior
1964–65 Rook, JerryJerry Rook (2) Arkansas State Forward Senior
1965–66 Dickson, JohnJohn Dickson Arkansas State Center Senior
1966–67 Jeffries, LarryLarry Jeffries Trinity Forward Sophomore
1967–68 Godfrey, John RayJohn Ray Godfrey Abilene Christian Guard[1] Senior[2]
1968–69 Jeffries, LarryLarry Jeffries (2) Trinity Forward Senior
1969–70 Haynes, KennyKenny Haynes Lamar Guard Senior
1970–71 Adams, LukeLuke Adams Lamar Senior
1970–71 Pruett, AllanAllan Pruett Arkansas State Senior
1971–72 Lamar, DwightDwight Lamar Southwestern Louisiana Shooting guard Junior
1972–73 Green, MikeMike Green Louisiana Tech Center Senior
1973–74 Brooks, SteveSteve Brooks Arkansas State Senior
1974–75 Ray, HenryHenry Ray McNeese State Sophomore
1975–76 McConathy, MikeMike McConathy Louisiana Tech Shooting guard Junior
1976–77 Henderson, DanDan Henderson Arkansas State Senior
1977–78 Toney, AndrewAndrew Toney Southwestern Louisiana Guard Sophomore
1978–79 Lawrence, DavidDavid Lawrence McNeese State Power forward Junior
1979–80 Toney, AndrewAndrew Toney (2) Southwestern Louisiana Guard Senior
1980–81 Olliver, MikeMike Olliver Lamar Point guard Senior
1981–82 Culton, AlbertAlbert Culton Texas–Arlington Small forward Senior
1982–83 Malone, KarlKarl Malone Louisiana Tech Power forward Sophomore
1983–84 Sewell, TomTom Sewell Lamar Shooting guard Junior
1984–85 Dumars, JoeJoe Dumars McNeese State Point guard/Shooting guard Senior
1985–86 Jenkins, BobbyBobby Jenkins Northeast Louisiana Senior
1986–87 Batiste, JeromeJerome Batiste McNeese State Forward
1987–88 Worrell, TonyTony Worrell North Texas State Senior
1988–89 Hunter, DeonDeon Hunter North Texas Point guard Senior
1989–90 Pullard, AnthonyAnthony Pullard McNeese State Center Senior
1990–91 Funchess, CarlosCarlos Funchess[a] Northeast Louisiana Point guard/Shooting guard Senior
1990–91 Jones, AnthonyAnthony Jones Northeast Louisiana Senior
1991–92 Stuart, RyanRyan Stuart Northeast Louisiana Small forward Junior
1992–93 Stuart, RyanRyan Stuart (2) Northeast Louisiana Small forward Senior
1993–94 Kubel, EricEric Kubel Northwestern State Center Senior
1994–95 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson Nicholls State Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 Marshall, PaulPaul Marshall Northeast Louisiana Shooting Guard Junior
1996–97 Ellis, RosellRosell Ellis McNeese State Forward Senior
1997–98 Hall, RodericRoderic Hall UTSA Guard Sophomore
1998–99 Mathis, DonteDonte Mathis Southwest Texas State Point guard Senior
1999–00 Smith, MikeMike Smith Louisiana–Monroe Power forward Senior
2000–01 Mallet, DemondDemond Mallet McNeese State Point guard Senior
2001–02 Powers, McEverettMcEverett Powers UTSA Power forward Senior
2002–03 Cole, DonaldDonald Cole Sam Houston State Small forward Sophomore
2003–04 Hurd, LeRoyLeRoy Hurd UTSA Small forward Senior
2004–05 Thompson, JoeJoe Thompson Sam Houston State Small forward/Shooting guard Sophomore
2005–06 Woods, RickyRicky Woods Southeastern Louisiana Forward Junior
2006–07 Daniels, ChrisChris Daniels Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Center Junior
2007–08 Alexander, JoshJosh Alexander Stephen F. Austin Small forward Junior
2008–09 Kingsley, MattMatt Kingsley Stephen F. Austin Center Senior
2009–10 Haynes, MarquezMarquez Haynes Texas–Arlington Guard Senior
2010–11 Clavell, GilbertoGilberto Clavell Sam Houston State Small forward Senior
2011–12 Richard, PatrickPatrick Richard McNeese State Shooting guard/Small forward Senior [1]
2012–13 Smith, TaylorTaylor Smith Stephen F. Austin Power forward Senior [2]
2013–14 Parker, JacobJacob Parker Stephen F. Austin Power forward Junior [3]
2014–15 Walkup, ThomasThomas Walkup Stephen F. Austin Shooting guard/Small forward Junior [4]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
McNeese State (1972) 8 1975, 1979, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1997, 2001, 2012
Louisiana–Monroe[b] 7 1986, 1991 (×2)[c], 1992, 1993, 1996, 2000
Arkansas State (1963)[d] 6 1964, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1974, 1977
Stephen F. Austin (1987) 5 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015
Lamar (1963/1999)[e] 4 1970, 1971, 1981, 1984
Louisiana Tech[f] 3 1973, 1976, 1983
Louisiana–Lafayette[g] 3 1972, 1978, 1980
Sam Houston State (1987) 3 2003, 2005, 2011
UTSA (1991)[h] 3 1998, 2002, 2004
North Texas[i] 2 1988, 1989
Trinity (1963)[j] 2 1967, 1969
Texas–Arlington (1963)[k] 2 1982, 2010
Abilene Christian (1963/2013)[l] 1 1968
Nicholls State (1991) 1 1995
Northwestern State (1987) 1 1994
Southeastern Louisiana (1997) 1 2006
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi (2006) 1 2007
Texas State (1987))[k] 1 1999
Central Arkansas (2006) 0
Houston Baptist (2013) 0
Incarnate Word (2013) 0
New Orleans (2013) 0
Oral Roberts (2012)[m] 0



  1. ^ "Wildcats on Honor Teams". 2014–15 ACU Men's Basketball Media Guide. Abilene Christian Athletics. p. 35. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "ACU Men's Basketball Records: Top Career Scorers". 2014–15 ACU Men's Basketball Media Guide. Abilene Christian Athletics. p. 30. Retrieved March 30, 2015.