Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Sun Belt Conference
Country United States
First awarded 1977
Currently held by R. J. Hunter, Georgia State

The Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the most outstanding men's basketball player in the Sun Belt Conference. The award was first given following the conference's first basketball season of 1976–77. Three players—Terry Catledge, Chris Gatling and Chico Fletcher—have been selected twice, while no player has earned a three-time Player of the Year selection.

Through 2014, Western Kentucky, which left the Sun Belt for Conference USA in 2014, has the most all-time winners with seven. Among schools remaining in the Sun Belt beyond 2014, South Alabama, the only charter member that has continuously been in the conference, has the most winners with six. Four current members of the Sun Belt Conference have never had a winner, but most of these schools have only recently joined the conference.

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 Sun Belt Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Ervin Johnson won in 1993 as a senior for New Orleans.
Derek Fisher, the 1996 Sun Belt Player of the Year, has won five NBA Finals with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Courtney Lee, currently in the NBA, won the Player of the year award in 2008.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1976–77 Maxwell, CedricCedric Maxwell Charlotte Power forward/Center Senior
1977–78 Cooper, WayneWayne Cooper New Orleans Center Senior
1978–79 White, RoryRory White South Alabama Power forward Sophomore
1979–80 Ray, JamesJames Ray Jacksonville Power forward Senior
1980–81 Rains, EdEd Rains South Alabama Small forward Senior
1981–82 Robinson, OliverOliver Robinson UAB Shooting guard Senior
1982–83 Bradley, CharlieCharlie Bradley South Florida Small forward Sophomore
1982–83 Duncan, CalvinCalvin Duncan Virginia Commonwealth Shooting guard Sophomore
1983–84 Catledge, TerryTerry Catledge South Alabama Power forward Junior
1984–85 Catledge, TerryTerry Catledge (2) South Alabama Power forward Senior
1985–86 Gattison, KennyKenny Gattison Old Dominion Center Senior
1986–87 Frank, TellisTellis Frank Western Kentucky Power forward Senior
1987–88 Dinkins, ByronByron Dinkins Charlotte Point guard Junior
1988–89 Hodge, JeffJeff Hodge South Alabama Shooting guard Senior
1989–90 Gatling, ChrisChris Gatling Old Dominion Power forward Junior
1990–91 Gatling, ChrisChris Gatling (2) Old Dominion Power forward Senior
1991–92 Ellis, RonRon Ellis Louisiana Tech Power forward Senior
1992–93 Johnson, ErvinErvin Johnson New Orleans Center Senior
1993–94 Allen, MichaelMichael Allen Louisiana–Lafayette Guard Senior
1993–94 Clifton, JeffJeff Clifton Arkansas State Forward Senior
1994–95 Robinson, ChrisChris Robinson Western Kentucky Shooting guard Junior
1995–96 Fisher, DerekDerek Fisher Arkansas-Little Rock Shooting guard Senior
1996–97 Dobbins, MuntrelleMuntrelle Dobbins Arkansas-Little Rock Power forward Senior
1997–98 Fletcher, ChicoChico Fletcher Arkansas State Point guard Sophomore
1998–99 Fletcher, ChicoChico Fletcher (2) Arkansas State Point guard Junior
1999–00 Henderson, GerrodGerrod Henderson Louisiana Tech Shooting guard Sophomore
2000–01 Marcus, ChrisChris Marcus Western Kentucky Center Junior
2001–02 Romero, HéctorHéctor Romero New Orleans Small forward Junior
2002–03 Moore, JamesJames Moore New Mexico State Forward Junior
2003–04 Wells, MikeMike Wells Western Kentucky Shooting guard/Point guard Senior
2004–05 Nicholson, YemiYemi Nicholson Denver Center Junior
2005–06 Winchester, AnthonyAnthony Winchester Western Kentucky Shooting guard Senior
2006–07 McCalebb, BoBo McCalebb New Orleans Point guard Junior
2007–08 Lee, CourtneyCourtney Lee Western Kentucky Shooting guard Senior
2008–09 Mendez-Valdez, OrlandoOrlando Mendez-Valdez Western Kentucky Point guard Senior
2009–10 Johnson, TyrenTyren Johnson Louisiana–Lafayette Power forward Senior
2010–11 Bozeman, SolomonSolomon Bozeman Arkansas-Little Rock Shooting guard Senior
2011–12 Dendy, LaRonLaRon Dendy Middle Tennessee Power forward Senior
2012–13 Rubit, AugustineAugustine Rubit South Alabama Power forward / Center Junior
2013–14 Hunter, R. J.R. J. Hunter Georgia State Shooting guard Sophomore [1]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Western Kentucky (1982)[a 1] 7 1987, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009
South Alabama (1976) 6 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2013
New Orleans (1976)[a 2] 4 1978, 1993, 2002, 2007
Old Dominion (1982)[a 3] 3 1986, 1990, 1991
Arkansas State (1991) 3 1994, 1998, 1999
Arkansas-Little Rock (1991) 3 1996, 1997, 2011
Louisiana Tech (1991)[a 4] 2 1992, 2000
Louisiana–Lafayette (1991) 2 1994, 2010
Charlotte (1976)[a 5] 2 1977, 1988
Denver (1999)[a 6] 1 2005
Georgia State (1976/2013)[a 7] 1 2014
Jacksonville (1976)[a 8] 1 1980
Middle Tennessee (2001)[a 9] 1 2012
New Mexico State (2001)[a 10] 1 2003
South Florida (1976)[a 11] 1 1983
UAB (1979)[a 12] 1 1982
Virginia Commonwealth (1979)[a 13] 1 1983
Florida Atlantic (2006)[a 9] 0
FIU (1998)[a 9] 0
Louisiana–Monroe (2001) 0
North Texas (2001)[a 9] 0
Texas State (2013) 0
Troy (2005) 0
Texas–Arlington (2013) 0
  1. ^ Western Kentucky left for Conference USA (C-USA) in 2014.
  2. ^ New Orleans left in 1980 but later re-joined in 1991. They left a second time in 2010, planning to transition to NCAA Division II. The Privateers instead chose to remain in Division I, and joined the Southland Conference in 2013.
  3. ^ Old Dominion left in 1991 to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), and joined C-USA in 2013.
  4. ^ Louisiana Tech left in 2001 to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), and joined C-USA in 2013.
  5. ^ Charlotte left in 1991 for the Metro Conference. It became a charter member of C-USA when the Metro merged with the Great Midwest Conference, and still later moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference (A10), by which time it had adopted "Charlotte" as its athletic identity. The 49ers rejoined C-USA in 2013.
  6. ^ Denver left in 2012 for the WAC, and moved again in 2013 to The Summit League.
  7. ^ Georgia State, a charter member of the conference, left in 1981 to become independent. After later having been members of two other conferences, the Panthers rejoined the Sun Belt in 2013.
  8. ^ Jacksonville left in 1998 for the Trans America Athletic Conference, now known as the Atlantic Sun Conference.
  9. ^ a b c d FIU, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee, and North Texas all joined C-USA in 2013.
  10. ^ New Mexico State left in 2005 to join the WAC.
  11. ^ South Florida left in 1991 for the Metro Conference. The Bulls are now in the American Athletic Conference.
  12. ^ UAB left in 1991 for the Great Midwest. The Blazers became charter members of C-USA, and have remained there to this day.
  13. ^ VCU left in 1991 to join the CAA, and moved from there to the A10 in 2012.

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