American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the American Athletic Conference
Country United States
First awarded 2014
Currently held by Semi Ojeleye, SMU

The American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the American Athletic Conference's most outstanding player. The conference formed in 2013–14 after many schools departed from the original Big East Conference to form their own conference. Shabazz Napier of Connecticut was the first-ever winner,[1] but all awards since then have gone to players from SMU.

Key[edit]

Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award: Naismith College Player of the Year (1968–69 to present)
or the John R. Wooden Award (1976–77 to present)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been awarded the AAC Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Shabazz Napier was the first-ever AAC Player of the Year in 2014.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
2013–14 Napier, ShabazzShabazz Napier Connecticut Point guard Senior [1]
2014–15 Moore, NicNic Moore SMU Point guard Junior [2]
2015–16 Moore, NicNic Moore (2) SMU Point guard Senior [3]
2016–17 Ojeleye, SemiSemi Ojeleye SMU Power forward Junior [4]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
SMU (2013) 3 2015, 2016, 2017
Connecticut (2013) 1 2014
Cincinnati (2013) 0
East Carolina (2014) 0
Houston (2013) 0
Louisville (2013)[a 1] 0
Memphis (2013) 0
Rutgers (2013)[a 1] 0
South Florida (2013) 0
Temple (2013) 0
Tulane (2014) 0
Tulsa (2014) 0
UCF (2013) 0
  1. ^ a b Louisville and Rutgers played only the 2013–14 season in The American. In July 2014, they respectively left for the ACC[5] and Big Ten.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "UConn's Shabazz Napier Named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year". TheAmerican.org. American Athletic Conference. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "SMU's Nic Moore Named Men's Basketball Player of the Year" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ "SMU's Nic Moore Named AAC's Top Player; Temple's Dunphy Top Coach". Hartford Courant. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ "SMU's Ojeleye Named Player, Scholar-Athlete of the Year as American Awards Announced" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "ACC Extends Formal Invitation for Membership to the University of Louisville" (Press release). Atlantic Coast Conference. November 28, 2012. Archived from the original on December 12, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rutgers University To Join The Big Ten Conference" (Press release). Big Ten Conference. November 20, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012.