The Summit League Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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The Summit League Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for most outstanding basketball player in The Summit League
Country United States
First awarded 1983
Currently held by Taylor Braun, North Dakota State

The Summit League Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual college basketball award given to the most outstanding men's basketball player in The Summit League (which had been known as the Mid-Continent Conference up until June 1, 2007). The award was first given following the 1982–83 season. Only one player—Caleb Green of Oral Roberts—has won the award three times (2005–07). Four other players have won the award twice: Jon Collins of Eastern Illinois, Tony Bennett of Wisconsin–Green Bay, Bryce Drew of Valparaiso, and Keith Benson of Oakland.

As of 2014, Oral Roberts and Valparaiso, two schools not currently in the conference, have the most all-time winners with five. Valparaiso left The Summit League in 2007 to join the Horizon League, where it has remained to this day. Oral Roberts left for the Southland Conference in 2012, but will return to The Summit in July 2014. Oakland has had three winners, but left after the 2012–13 season to join the Horizon League. Of current league members, IPFW, Omaha and South Dakota have had no winners. However, these schools are three of the conference's newer members—IPFW joined in 2007, South Dakota in 2011, and Omaha in 2012.

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 Summit League Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Luboš Bartoň won in 2002 while at Valparaiso.
Two-time winner Oakland's Keith Benson also took home the 2010 Lou Henson Award.
Season Player School Position Class
1982–83 Dykstra, JoeJoe Dykstra Western Illinois Small forward Senior
1983–84 Lathen, CraigCraig Lathen UIC Point guard Junior
1984–85 Collins, JonJon Collins Eastern Illinois Small forward Junior
1985–86 Collins, JonJon Collins (2) Eastern Illinois Small forward Senior
1986–87 Garland, WinstonWinston Garland Missouri State Point guard Senior
1987–88 McFadden, KenKen McFadden Cleveland State Guard Junior
1988–89 Taylor, JayJay Taylor Eastern Illinois Shooting guard Senior
1989–90 Campbell, LeeLee Campbell Missouri State Forward Senior
1990–91 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett Wisconsin–Green Bay Point guard Junior
1991–92 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett (2) Wisconsin–Green Bay Point guard Senior
1992–93 Edwards, BillBill Edwards Wright State Small forward Senior
1993–94 Williams, KennyKenny Williams UIC Point guard Senior
1994–95 Redmon, DavidDavid Redmon Valparaiso Guard Senior
1995–96 Allison, AnthonyAnthony Allison Valparaiso Small forward Senior
1996–97 Drew, BryceBryce Drew Valparaiso Point guard Junior
1997–98 Drew, BryceBryce Drew (2) Valparaiso Point guard Senior
1998–99 Wilkerson, ChadChad Wilkerson Oral Roberts Small forward/Power forward Junior
1999–00 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson UMKC Center Sophomore
2000–01 Monaco, JeffJeff Monaco Southern Utah Point guard Senior
2001–02 Bartoň, LubošLuboš Bartoň Valparaiso Power forward Senior
2002–03 Helms, MikeMike Helms Oakland Guard Junior
2003–04 Bradley, OdellOdell Bradley IUPUI Small forward / Shooting guard Sophomore
2004–05 Green, CalebCaleb Green Oral Roberts Power forward Sophomore
2005–06 Green, CalebCaleb Green (2) Oral Roberts Power forward Junior
2006–07 Green, CalebCaleb Green (3) Oral Roberts Power forward Senior
2007–08 Hill, GeorgeGeorge Hill IUPUI Point guard/Shooting guard Junior
2008–09 Woodside, BenBen Woodside North Dakota State Point guard Senior
2009–10 Benson, KeithKeith Benson Oakland Center Junior
2010–11 Benson, KeithKeith Benson (2) Oakland Center Senior
2011–12 Morrison, DominiqueDominique Morrison Oral Roberts Small forward Senior
2012–13 Wolters, NateNate Wolters South Dakota State Point guard Senior
2013–14 Braun, TaylorTaylor Braun North Dakota State Point guard Senior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Oral Roberts (1997, 2014)[a 1] 5 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
Valparaiso (1982)[a 2] 5 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002
Eastern Illinois (1982)[a 3] 3 1985, 1986, 1989
Oakland (1998)[a 4] 3 2003, 2010, 2011
Green Bay (1982)[a 5] 2 1991, 1992
IUPUI (1998) 2 2004, 2008
Missouri State (1982)[a 6] 2 1987, 1990
North Dakota State (2007) 2 2009, 2014
UIC (1982)[a 5] 2 1984, 1994
Cleveland State (1982)[a 5] 1 1988
South Dakota State (2007) 1 2013
Southern Utah (1997)[a 7] 1 2001
UMKC (1994)[a 8] 1 2000
Western Illinois (1982) 1 1983
Wright State (1991)[a 5] 1 1993
Centenary (2003)[a 9] 0
IPFW (2007) 0
Omaha (2012) 0
South Dakota (2011) 0

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Oral Roberts left in 2012 for the Southland Conference, but will rejoin The Summit League in July 2014.
  2. ^ Valpariaso left in 2007 for the Horizon League.
  3. ^ Eastern Illinois left in 1996 for the Ohio Valley Conference.
  4. ^ Oakland left in 2013 for the Horizon League.
  5. ^ a b c d Illinois–Chicago (UIC), Wisconsin-Green Bay (Green Bay), Cleveland State, and Wright State left in 1994 for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now known as the Horizon League.
  6. ^ Missouri State left in 1990 for the Missouri Valley Conference.
  7. ^ Southern Utah left in 2012 for the Big Sky Conference.
  8. ^ UMKC left in 2013 for the Western Athletic Conference.
  9. ^ Centenary left in 2011 to begin a transition to NCAA Division III.

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