Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Note — Historical records of this award have been spotty,[a] and the following is a compiled list of the verified SWAC Players of the Year.
Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Southwestern Athletic Conference
Country United States
Currently held by Aaric Murray, Texas Southern

The Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the Southwestern Athletic Conference's (SWAC) most outstanding player. The most recent winner is Aaric Murray, who was a senior center for Texas Southern.

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 SWAC Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Avery Johnson of Southern University won twice, in 1987 and 1988.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1973–74 Short, EugeneEugene Short Jackson State Small forward Junior [1]
1974–75 Short, EugeneEugene Short (2) Jackson State Small forward Senior [1]
1975–76 Wright, LarryLarry Wright Grambling State Point guard Junior [2]
1976–77 Short, PurvisPurvis Short Jackson State Small forward Junior [3]
1977–78 Short, PurvisPurvis Short (2) Jackson State Small forward Senior [4]
1978–79 Smith, LarryLarry Smith Alcorn State Power forward / Center Junior [5]
1979–80 Smith, LarryLarry Smith (2) Alcorn State Power forward / Center Senior [5]
1980–81
1981–82 Kelly, HarryHarry Kelly Texas Southern Small forward Junior [6]
1982–83 Kelly, HarryHarry Kelly (2) Texas Southern Small forward Senior [6]
1983–84 Jackson, LewisLewis Jackson Alabama State Small forward Senior [7]
1984–85 Phelps, MikeMike Phelps Alcorn State Point guard Senior [8]
1985–86 Sillmon, FrankFrank Sillmon Alabama State Small forward Sophomore [9]
1986–87 Ivory, GeorgeGeorge Ivory Mississippi Valley State Senior [10]
1986–87 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson Southern Point guard Junior [6]
1987–88 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson (2) Southern Point guard Senior [6]
1988–89 Brooks, TerryTerry Brooks Alabama State Guard Senior [11]
1989–90 Faulkner, JoeJoe Faulkner Southern Power forward Senior [12][13]
1990–91 Rogers, SteveSteve Rogers Alabama State Shooting guard Junior [14]
1991–92 Rogers, SteveSteve Rogers (2) Alabama State Shooting guard Senior [14]
1992–93 Hunter, LindseyLindsey Hunter Jackson State Point guard Senior [14]
1993–94 Scales, JervaughnJervaughn Scales Southern Power forward Senior [14]
1994–95 Sykes, KennyKenny Sykes Grambling State Shooting guard Senior [14]
1995–96 Mann, MarcusMarcus Mann Mississippi Valley State Power forward Senior [14]
1996–97 Bolden, RandyRandy Bolden Texas Southern Point guard Junior [14]
1997–98 Bolden, RandyRandy Bolden (2) Texas Southern Point guard Senior [14]
1998–99 Smylie, AdarrialAdarrial Smylie Southern Center Junior [14]
1999–00 Smylie, AdarrialAdarrial Smylie (2) Southern Center Senior [14]
2000–01 Jefferson, DewayneDewayne Jefferson Mississippi Valley State Shooting guard Sophomore [14]
2001–02 Haynes, PaulPaul Haynes Grambling State Power forward / Center Sophomore [14]
2002–03 Burks, GregoryGregory Burks Prairie View A&M Point guard Senior [14]
2003–04 Norwood, AttariusAttarius Norwood Mississippi Valley State Forward Senior [14]
2004–05 Trotter, ObieObie Trotter Alabama A&M Point guard / Shooting guard Junior [15]
2005–06 Rush, BrionBrion Rush Grambling State Point guard Senior [14]
2006–07 Johnson, TreyTrey Johnson Jackson State Shooting guard Senior [14]
2007–08 Hayles, AndrewAndrew Hayles Alabama State Shooting guard Junior [14]
2008–09 Brooks, BrandonBrandon Brooks Alabama State Point guard Senior [14]
2009–10 Johnson, GarrisonGarrison Johnson Jackson State Shooting guard Senior [16]
2010–11 Jones, TraveleTravele Jones Texas Southern Power forward Senior [17]
2011–12 Crosby, PaulPaul Crosby Mississippi Valley State Center Senior [18]
2012–13 Strong, OmarOmar Strong Texas Southern Point guard Senior [19]
2013–14 Murray, AaricAaric Murray Texas Southern Center Senior [20]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Alabama State (1982) 7 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2008, 2009
Jackson State (1958) 7 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1993, 2007, 2010
Texas Southern (1954) 7 1982, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2013, 2014
Southern (1934) 6 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2000
Mississippi Valley State (1968) 5 1987, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2012
Grambling State (1958) 4 1976, 1995, 2002, 2006
Alcorn State (1962) 3 1979, 1980, 1985
Alabama A&M (1999) 1 2005
Prairie View A&M (1920) 1 2003
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1936)[b] 0

Footnotes[edit]

  • a Please see the talk page for an e-mail correspondence with Tom Galbraith, who at the time of the exchanges was the SWAC men's basketball contact.
  • b The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was a conference member from 1936 to 1970, left, but then re-joined in 1998.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sports Shorts". The Times-News (Hendersonville, NC). March 1, 1975. p. 10. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2005 SWAC Hall of Fame Inductees". Southwestern Athletic Conference. December 7, 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ 1977-78 Street and Smith's Official College, Pro and Prep Basketball Yearbook, page 128
  4. ^ "Senate Concurrent Resolution 585". State of Mississippi. 2000. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Hurst, Jason (May 8, 2008). "Larry Smith Named New Alcorn State Men's Basketball Head Coach". wjtv.com. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "SWAC Announces 2006 Hall of Fame Inductees". Southwestern Athletic Conference. December 18, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "2010 Men's Basketball Coaching Staff: Lewis Jackson, Head Coach". Alabama State University. 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ 1985–86 Sporting News Basketball Yearbook. Sporting News. 1989. p. 60. 
  9. ^ "Sillmon is SWAC Player of the Year". The Tuscaloosa News (Jackson, MS). March 6, 1986. p. 18. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  10. ^ Whelliston, Kyle (September 4, 2008). "SWAC ShootAround: New faces on SWAC sidelines". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ 1989–90 Sporting News Basketball Yearbook. Sporting News. 1989. p. 121. 
  12. ^ "SU's Jobe, Faulkner Voted SWAC Honors" (Cache). The Advocate. March 9, 1990. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  13. ^ "1989–90 All-SWAC" (Cache). The Advocate. March 9, 1990. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "1990–2008 Basketball Review" (PDF). SWAC Men's Basketball Media Guide. Southwestern Athletic Conference. 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Former Bulldog Obie Trotter Named SWAC Player of the Decade". aamusports.com. Alabama A&M University. April 30, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Garrison Johnson named SWAC Player of the Year". jsutigers.cstv.com. Jackson State University. March 9, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  17. ^ "SWAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams Named". swac.org. Southwestern Athletic Conference. March 7, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ "MVSU Center Paul Crosby Headlines All-SWAC Team". swac.org. Southwestern Athletic Conference. March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  19. ^ "TSU Senior Omar Strong Headlines All-SWAC team". swac.org. Southwestern Athletic Conference. March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  20. ^ "TSU's Aaric Murray named SWAC Player of the Year". Chronicle News Services. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014.