Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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WAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Western Athletic Conference
Country United States
First awarded 1981
Currently held by Daniel Mullings, New Mexico State

The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Western Athletic Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1980–81 season. Keith Van Horn of Utah and Nick Fazekas of Nevada are the only players to have won the award three times. Three other players—Michael Cage, Josh Grant and Melvin Ely—have won the award twice. Danny Ainge, the first ever WAC Player of the Year, was also the John R. Wooden Award winner in 1980–81.

As of 2014, Utah has the most all-time winners with seven. There have been four ties in the award's history, most notably in 1982–83 when there was a three-way tie for Player of the Year. Due mainly to major membership turnover since 2010, only two current conference members have won the award, Idaho and New Mexico State, and Idaho will leave for the Big Sky Conference in 2014.

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 WAC Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Anthony Carter was Co-Player of the Year while at Hawaii.
Quinton Ross won in 2003.
Keith Van Horn is one of only two 3-time winners of the award.
Season Player School Position Class
1980–81 Ainge, DannyDanny Ainge* BYU Shooting guard Senior
1981–82 Garnett, BillBill Garnett Wyoming Small forward Senior
1982–83 Cage, MichaelMichael Cage San Diego State Center Junior
1982–83 Durrant, DevinDevin Durrant BYU Small forward Junior
1982–83 Mannion, PacePace Mannion Utah Shooting guard Senior
1983–84 Cage, MichaelMichael Cage (2) San Diego State Center Senior
1984–85 Saarelainen, TimoTimo Saarelainen BYU Small forward Senior
1985–86 Watson, AnthonyAnthony Watson San Diego State Forward Senior
1986–87 Dembo, FennisFennis Dembo Wyoming Small forward Senior
1987–88 Smith, MikeMike Smith BYU Small forward Junior
1988–89 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway UTEP Point guard Senior
1989–90 Mitchell, MikeMike Mitchell Colorado State Forward Senior
1990–91 Grant, JoshJosh Grant Utah Power forward Junior
1991–92 Slater, ReggieReggie Slater Wyoming Forward Senior
1992–93 Grant, JoshJosh Grant (2) Utah Power forward Senior
1993–94 Brown, GregGreg Brown New Mexico Point guard Senior
1994–95 Van Horn, KeithKeith Van Horn Utah Shooting guard / Small forward Sophomore
1995–96 Van Horn, KeithKeith Van Horn (2) Utah Shooting guard / Small forward Junior
1996–97 Carter, AnthonyAnthony Carter Hawaii Point guard Junior
1996–97 Van Horn, KeithKeith Van Horn (3) Utah Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
1997–98 Nailon, LeeLee Nailon Texas Christian Power forward Junior
1997–98 Shields, ClaytonClayton Shields New Mexico Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
1998–99 Miller, AndreAndre Miller Utah Point guard Senior
1998–99 Sasser, JerylJeryl Sasser Southern Methodist Shooting guard Sophomore
1999–00 Alexander, CourtneyCourtney Alexander Fresno State Shooting guard Senior
2000–01 Ely, MelvinMelvin Ely Fresno State Center Junior
2001–02 Ely, MelvinMelvin Ely (2) Fresno State Center Senior
2002–03 Ross, QuintonQuinton Ross Southern Methodist Power forward Senior
2003–04 Snyder, KirkKirk Snyder Nevada Shooting guard / Small forward Junior
2004–05 Fazekas, NickNick Fazekas Nevada Power forward / Center Sophomore
2005–06 Fazekas, NickNick Fazekas (2) Nevada Power forward / Center Junior
2006–07 Fazekas, NickNick Fazekas (3) Nevada Power forward / Center Senior
2007–08 Carroll, JayceeJaycee Carroll Utah State Shooting guard Senior
2008–09 Wilkinson, GaryGary Wilkinson Utah State Forward Senior
2009–10 Babbitt, LukeLuke Babbitt Nevada Power forward Sophomore
2010–11 Wesley, TaiTai Wesley Utah State Power forward Senior
2011–12 Burton, DeonteDeonte Burton Nevada Point guard Sophomore
2012–13 Barone, KyleKyle Barone Idaho Center Senior
2013–14 Mullings, DanielDaniel Mullings New Mexico State Shooting guard Junior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Utah (1962)[a 1] 7 1983, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
Nevada (2000)[a 2] 6 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012
BYU (1962)[a 1] 4 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988
Fresno State (1992)[a 2] 3 2000, 2001, 2002
San Diego State (1978)[a 1] 3 1983, 1984, 1986
Utah State (2005)[a 3] 3 2008, 2009, 2011
Wyoming (1962)[a 1] 3 1982, 1987, 1992
New Mexico (1962)[a 1] 2 1994, 1998
SMU (1996)[a 4] 2 1999, 2003
Colorado State (1967)[a 1] 1 1990
Hawaiʻi (1979)[a 5] 1 1997
Idaho (2005)[a 6] 1 2013
New Mexico State (2005) 1 2014
TCU (1996)[a 7] 1 1998
UTEP (1967)[a 4] 1 1989
Boise State (2001)[a 8] 0
Chicago State (2013) 0
CSU Bakersfield (2013) 0
Denver (2012)[a 3] 0
Grand Canyon (2013) 0
Louisiana Tech (2001)[a 3] 0
San Jose State (1996)[a 3] 0
Seattle (2012) 0
Texas–Pan American (2013) 0
Texas State (2012)[a 3] 0
UMKC (2013) 0
Texas–Arlington (2012)[a 3] 0
Utah Valley (2013) 0
UTSA (2012)[a 3] 0
  1. ^ a b c d e f BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah and Wyoming all left in 1999 to become charter members of the Mountain West Conference (MW). Of these schools:
    • BYU is now in the West Coast Conference.
    • Utah is now in the Pac-12.
    • Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, and Wyoming remain in the MW.
  2. ^ a b Nevada and Fresno State left for the MW in 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Seven schools left the WAC for other conferences in 2013:
    • Denver joined The Summit League after only one year in the WAC.
    • Louisiana Tech and UTSA joined Conference USA (C-USA), the latter after spending only one year in the WAC.
    • San Jose State and Utah State joined the MW.
    • Texas State and Texas–Arlington joined the Sun Belt after only one year in the WAC.
  4. ^ a b SMU and UTEP both left in 2005 to join C-USA. SMU joined the American Athletic Conference in 2013, while UTEP remains in C-USA.
  5. ^ Hawaiʻi left for the Big West in 2012.
  6. ^ Idaho will leave the WAC for the Big Sky in 2014.
  7. ^ TCU left in 2001 for C-USA. It is now in the Big 12.
  8. ^ Boise State left in 2011 for the MW.