Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Given for the most outstanding basketball player in the Big Sky Conference
Country United States
First award 1979
Most recent Bogdan Bliznyuk, Eastern Washington

The Big Sky Conference Player of the Year Award, officially known as the Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player Award, is an annual basketball award given to the Big Sky Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1978–79 season. Only one player, Larry Krystkowiak of Montana, has won the award three times (1984–1986). Three others have been two-time winners: Orlando Lightfoot of Idaho (1993, 1994) and Harold Arceneaux (1999, 2000) and Damian Lillard (2010, 2012) of Weber State.

Weber State has the most all-time awards (11) and individual winners (9). Montana is second in total awards with seven, while Idaho (which returned to the Big Sky in 2014 after an 18-year absence) has had six. Those two schools are tied for second in individual winners with five. Only one current Big Sky member, Southern Utah (which joined in 2012), has never had a winner.


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 Sky Player of the Year award at that point


Larry Krystkowiak was the only three-time Big Sky Player of the Year winner, earning the award from 1984 to 1986 while at Montana.
Rodney Stuckey won in 2006 while at Eastern Washington.
Damian Lillard was a two-time winner in 2010 and 2012 while at Weber State.
Joel Bolomboy of Weber State.
Season Player School Position Class
1978–79 Lawrence Butler Idaho State Shooting guard Senior
1979–80 Don Newman [1] Idaho Guard Senior
1980–81 Brian Kellerman [2] Idaho Shooting guard Sophomore
1981–82 Ken Owens [3][4] Idaho Point guard Senior
1982–83 Derrick Pope [5][6] Montana Power forward Senior
1983–84 Larry Krystkowiak Montana Center Sophomore
1984–85 Larry Krystkowiak (2) Montana Center Junior
1985–86 Larry Krystkowiak (3) Montana Center Senior
1986–87 Tom Domako Montana State Small forward Junior
1987–88 Arnell Jones Boise State Power forward Senior
1988–89 Chris Childs Boise State Point guard Senior
1989–90 Riley Smith Idaho Center Senior
1990–91 Kevin Kearney Montana Small forward Senior
1991–92 Delvon Anderson Montana Guard Senior
1991–92 Kevin Soares Nevada Point guard Senior
1992–93 Orlando Lightfoot Idaho Shooting guard Junior
1993–94 Orlando Lightfoot (2) Idaho Shooting guard Senior
1994–95 Ruben Nembhard Weber State Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 Jimmy DeGraffenried Weber State Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 Quadre Lollis Montana State Forward Senior
1996–97 Charles Thomas Northern Arizona Senior
1997–98 Andrew Mavis Northern Arizona Power forward Senior
1998–99 Harold Arceneaux Weber State Small forward Junior
1999–00 Harold Arceneaux (2) Weber State Small forward Senior
2000–01 Brian Heinle Cal State Northridge Center Senior
2001–02 Jason Erickson Montana State Shooting guard Sophomore
2002–03 Jermaine Boyette Weber State Guard Senior
2003–04 Alvin Snow Eastern Washington Point guard / Shooting guard Senior
2004–05 Seamus Boxley Portland State Small forward Senior
2005–06 Rodney Stuckey Eastern Washington Point guard Freshman
2006–07 David Patten Weber State Power forward Senior
2007–08 Jeremiah Dominguez Portland State Point guard Junior
2008–09 Kellen McCoy Weber State Point guard Senior
2009–10 Damian Lillard Weber State Point guard / Shooting guard Sophomore
2010–11 Devon Beitzel Northern Colorado Shooting guard Senior
2011–12 Damian Lillard (2) Weber State Point guard / Shooting guard Junior
2012–13 Kareem Jamar Montana Shooting guard / Small forward Junior
2013–14 Davion Berry Weber State Small forward Senior
2014–15 Mikh McKinney Sacramento State Point guard Senior
2015–16 Joel Bolomboy Weber State Power forward / Center Senior
2016–17 Jacob Wiley Eastern Washington Power forward Senior
2017–18 Bogdan Bliznyuk[7] Eastern Washington Guard / Forward Senior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Weber State (1963) 11 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
Montana (1963) 7 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 2013
Idaho (1963, 2014)[a] 6 1980, 1981, 1982, 1990, 1993, 1994
Eastern Washington (1987) 4 2004, 2006, 2017, 2018
Montana State (1963) 3 1987, 1996, 2002
Boise State (1970)[b] 2 1988, 1989
Northern Arizona (1970) 2 1997, 1998
Portland State (1996) 2 2005, 2008
Cal State Northridge (1996)[c] 1 2001
Idaho State (1963) 1 1979
Nevada (1979)[d] 1 1992
Northern Colorado (2006) 1 2011
Sacramento State (1996) 1 2015
North Dakota (2012)[e] 0
Southern Utah (2012) 0


  1. ^ The University of Idaho left in 1996 to join the Big West Conference, and rejoined the Big Sky for non-football sports in 2014 (and football in 2018).
  2. ^ Boise State University left in 1996 to join the Big West. The Broncos are now in the Mountain West Conference (MW).
  3. ^ California State University, Northridge left in 2001 to join the Big West.
  4. ^ The University of Nevada, Reno left in 1992 to join the Big West. The Wolf Pack are now in the MW.
  5. ^ The University of North Dakota left in 2018 to join the Summit League.


  1. ^ "MVP: Idaho's Newman named top player in Big Sky". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). March 8, 1980. p. 2C. 
  2. ^ "Kellerman honored". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). March 12, 1981. p. 52. 
  3. ^ "Vandal guard selected MVP". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. March 10, 1982. p. 1C. 
  4. ^ "Vandals honored". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). March 10, 1982. 
  5. ^ "Kellerman honored". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. March 16, 1983. p. C2. 
  6. ^ "Big Sky". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). March 16, 1983. p. 2C. 
  7. ^ "EWU's Bliznyuk Tabben #BigSkyMBB Most Valuable Player to Headline All-Conference Teams" (Press release). Big Sky Conference. March 5, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2018.