Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Big 12 Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for Most outstanding basketball player in the Big 12 Conference
Country United States
Presented by Phillips 66
First awarded 1997
Currently held by Frank Mason III, Kansas

The Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big 12 Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1996–97 season, the first year of conference competition but three years after the conference's official formation. It is selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Only two players have won the award multiple times, Raef LaFrentz of Kansas, who won the first two awards in 1997 and 1998, and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma, who won the award in 2015 and 2016. Three freshmen have won the award as well, Kevin Durant of Texas, Michael Beasley of Kansas State and Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State. Kansas has had the most winners of the award with 8. Four current Big 12 members have yet to have a winner: charter members Baylor and Texas Tech, and 2012 arrivals TCU and West Virginia. Three former Big 12 members also never had a winner of the award during their tenure in the Big 12: Colorado, Missouri, and Texas A&M.

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 Big 12 Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Kansas State's Michael Beasley was the second freshman in a row to win the award, earning it in 2008.
Oklahoma's Blake Griffin was the consensus National Player of the Year when he won the award in 2009.
Season Player School Position Class
1996–97 LaFrentz, RaefRaef LaFrentz Kansas PF Junior
1997–98 LaFrentz, RaefRaef LaFrentz (2) Kansas PF Senior
1998–99 Hamilton, VensonVenson Hamilton Nebraska C Senior
1999–00 Fizer, MarcusMarcus Fizer Iowa State PF Junior
2000–01 Tinsley, JamaalJamaal Tinsley Iowa State PG Senior
2001–02 Gooden, DrewDrew Gooden Kansas PF Junior
2002–03 Collison, NickNick Collison Kansas PF Senior
2003–04 Allen, TonyTony Allen Oklahoma State SG Senior
2004–05 Simien, WayneWayne Simien Kansas PF Senior
2005–06 Tucker, P. J.P. J. Tucker Texas SF Junior
2006–07 Durant, KevinKevin Durant* Texas SF Freshman
2007–08 Beasley, MichaelMichael Beasley Kansas State PF Freshman
2008–09 Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin* Oklahoma PF Sophomore
2009–10 Anderson, JamesJames Anderson Oklahoma State SG Junior
2010–11 Morris, MarcusMarcus Morris Kansas PF Junior
2011–12 Robinson, ThomasThomas Robinson Kansas PF Junior
2012–13 Smart, MarcusMarcus Smart Oklahoma State PG Freshman
2013–14 Ejim, MelvinMelvin Ejim Iowa State SF Senior
2014–15 Hield, BuddyBuddy Hield Oklahoma SG Junior
2015–16 Hield, BuddyBuddy Hield* (2) Oklahoma SG Senior
2016–17 Mason III, FrankFrank Mason III* Kansas PG Senior
Reference:[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Kansas (1996) 8 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2017
Iowa State (1996) 3 2000, 2001, 2014
Oklahoma (1996) 3 2009, 2015, 2016
Oklahoma State (1996) 3 2004, 2010, 2013
Texas (1996) 2 2006, 2007
Kansas State (1996) 1 2008
Nebraska (1996)a 1 1999
Baylor (1996) 0
Colorado (1996)a 0
Missouri (1996)b 0
TCU (2012) 0
Texas A&M (1996)b 0
Texas Tech (1996) 0
West Virginia (2012) 0

Footnotes[edit]

  • a Left conference in 2011
  • b Left conference in 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Big 12 Conference. "2008-09 Big 12 men's basketball media guide - Records section (1997-2008 winners)" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "CNN/SI - Venson Hamilton". Sports Illustrated. 1999. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Big 12 Conference. "Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ Big 12 Conference. "2010 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ Big 12 Conference. "2011 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ Big 12 Conference. "2012 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ Big 12 Conference. "2013 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ ESPN.com (March 9, 2014). "Melvin Ejim honored as Big 12's best". ESPN Internet Ventures LLC. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Nation's Best Lead All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards". Big 12 Sports. March 6, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2017.