Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Given forthe most outstanding male basketball player in the Big East Conference
CountryUnited States
History
First award1980
Most recentJalen Brunson, Villanova

The Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year award is given to the men's basketball player in the Big East Conference voted as the top performer by the conference coaches. It was first awarded at the end of the league's inaugural season of 1979–80.

The head coaches of the league's teams (currently 10) submit their votes following the end of the regular season and before the conference's tournament in early March. The coaches cannot vote for their own players.[1]

The award was introduced following the conference's first season in 1980, in which it was presented to John Duren of Georgetown. Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), Richard Hamilton (Connecticut), Troy Bell (Boston College), Troy Murphy (Notre Dame) and Kris Dunn (Providence) each won the award twice, and Chris Mullin (St. John's) won three consecutive times from 1983 through 1985.[2][3] Three award winners have been inducted as players to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Ewing, who shared the award in 1984 and 1985 with Mullin, was inducted in 2008 after playing 17 years in the National Basketball Association between 1985 and 2002.[4] Mullin followed in 2011 after a 16-year NBA career (1985–2001).[5] Most recently, Georgetown's 1992 Player of the Year Alonzo Mourning entered the Hall in 2014 following a 16-year NBA career (1992–2008).[6] There have been seven ties; the most recent instance was that between Dunn and Ryan Arcidiacono of Villanova in 2015.[7]

Seven players have been awarded a major national player of the year award in the same year that they received a Big East Player of the Year award. In 1985, Ewing and Mullin shared the conference award, while Ewing was named Naismith College Player of the Year and Mullin was given the John R. Wooden Award. The following year, Walter Berry of St. John's received the Wooden Award and the Big East Player of the Year award.[8][9] In 1996, Ray Allen of Connecticut received the conference award and was also the final recipient of the UPI Player of the Year Award.[10] In 2004, Connecticut's Emeka Okafor won the conference award while sharing NABC Player of the Year honors with Jameer Nelson of Saint Joseph's.[11] Creighton's Doug McDermott received all major national awards[11][12][13] along with the conference award in 2014.[14] Finally, Villanova's Jalen Brunson was the national player of the year as well in 2018.[11] Georgetown has had the most winners, with eight. The only current Big East members without a winner are Butler and Xavier, both of which joined the conference at its relaunch following its 2013 split into two leagues, and DePaul, members since 2005.

Key[edit]

Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
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)
NABC Player of the Year (1974–75 to present)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Big East Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Patrick Ewing (#33 jersey) won a share of the award in 1984 and 1985.
Alonzo Mourning was the third Georgetown center to win the award.
Chris Mullin is the only player to win the award three times, winning in 1983, 1984, and 1985.
Ray Allen was the second Connecticut player to win the award.
Luke Harangody won the award in 2008.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1979–80 John Duren Georgetown Guard Senior [15][16]
1980–81 John Bagley Boston College Point guard Sophomore [17]
1981–82 Dan Callandrillo Seton Hall Shooting guard Senior [18]
1982–83 Chris Mullin St. John's Small forward Sophomore [3][19]
1983–84 Patrick Ewing Georgetown Center Junior [15][16]
1983–84 Chris Mullin (2) St. John's Small forward Junior [3][19]
1984–85 Patrick Ewing* (2) Georgetown Center Senior [15][16]
1984–85 Chris Mullin* (3) St. John's Small forward Senior [3][19]
1985–86 Walter Berry* St. John's Power forward Senior [20]
1986–87 Reggie Williams Georgetown Small forward Senior [15][16]
1987–88 Charles D. Smith Pittsburgh Power forward Senior [21][22]
1988–89 Charles E. Smith Georgetown Guard Senior [15][16]
1989–90 Derrick Coleman Syracuse Power forward Senior [19]
1990–91 Billy Owens Syracuse Small forward/Shooting guard Junior [23]
1991–92 Alonzo Mourning Georgetown Center Senior [15][16]
1992–93 Terry Dehere Seton Hall Shooting guard Senior [18]
1993–94 Donyell Marshall Connecticut Forward Junior [2]
1994–95 Kerry Kittles Villanova Shooting guard Senior [24]
1995–96 Ray Allen* Connecticut Shooting guard Junior [2]
1996–97 Pat Garrity Notre Dame Power forward Junior [25]
1997–98 Richard Hamilton Connecticut Shooting guard/Small forward Sophomore [2]
1998–99 Richard Hamilton (2) Connecticut Shooting guard/Small forward Junior [2]
1998–99 Tim James Miami (FL) Small forward Senior [26]
1999–00 Troy Murphy Notre Dame Power forward Sophomore [25]
2000–01 Troy Murphy (2) Notre Dame Power forward Junior [25]
2000–01 Troy Bell Boston College Guard Sophomore [27]
2001–02 Caron Butler Connecticut Small forward Sophomore [2]
2001–02 Brandin Knight Pittsburgh Point guard Junior [21][28]
2002–03 Troy Bell (2) Boston College Guard Senior [27]
2003–04 Emeka Okafor* Connecticut Center Junior
2004–05 Hakim Warrick Syracuse Power forward Senior [29]
2005–06 Randy Foye Villanova Guard Senior [30]
2006–07 Jeff Green Georgetown Forward Junior [15][31]
2007–08 Luke Harangody Notre Dame Power forward Sophomore [25][32]
2008–09 DeJuan Blair Pittsburgh Center Sophomore [21]
2008–09 Hasheem Thabeet Connecticut Center Junior [2]
2009–10 Wesley Johnson Syracuse Forward Junior [33]
2010–11 Ben Hansbrough Notre Dame Shooting guard Senior [34]
2011–12 Jae Crowder Marquette Power forward Senior [35]
2012–13 Otto Porter Georgetown Forward Sophomore [36]
2013–14 Doug McDermott* Creighton Forward Senior [14]
2014–15 Ryan Arcidiacono Villanova Point guard Junior [7]
2014–15 Kris Dunn Providence Point guard Sophomore [7]
2015–16 Kris Dunn (2) Providence Point guard Junior [37]
2016–17 Josh Hart Villanova Shooting guard Senior [38]
2017–18 Jalen Brunson* Villanova Point guard Junior [39]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined)[40] Winners Years
Georgetown (1979) 8 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992, 2007, 2013
Connecticut (1979)[a 1] 7 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2009
Notre Dame (1995)[a 2] 5 1997, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2011
Villanova (1980) 5 1995, 2006, 2015, 2017, 2018
St. John's (1979) 4 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Syracuse (1979)[a 2] 4 1990, 1991, 2005, 2010
Boston College (1979)[a 3][41] 3 1981, 2001, 2003
Pittsburgh (1982)[a 2] 3 1988, 2002, 2009
Providence (1979) 2 2015, 2016
Seton Hall (1979) 2 1982, 1993
Creighton (2013) 1 2014
Marquette (2005) 1 2012
Miami (1991)[a 4] 1 1999
Butler (2013) 0
Cincinnati (2005)[a 1] 0
DePaul (2005) 0
Louisville (2005)[a 1] 0
Rutgers (1995)[a 1] 0
South Florida (2005)[a 1] 0
Virginia Tech (2000)[a 5] 0
West Virginia (1995)[a 6] 0
Xavier (2013) 0

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Following the split of the original Big East in 2013, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers, and South Florida remained in the football-sponsoring portion now known as the American Athletic Conference.
  2. ^ a b c Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse left for the ACC in 2013.
  3. ^ Boston College was a founding member in 1979, and left the Big East for the ACC in 2005.
  4. ^ Miami joined the conference in 1991 and left for the ACC in 2004.
  5. ^ Virginia Tech became an all-sports member of the Big East in 2000; it had joined for football in 1991. The Hokies left for the ACC in 2004.
  6. ^ West Virginia became an all-sports member of the Big East in 1995; it had also joined for football in 1991. The Mountaineers left for the Big 12 in 2012.

See also[edit]

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