Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Big Ten Conference
Country United States
First awarded 1985
Currently held by Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

The Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big Ten Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1984–85 season. Only two players have won the award multiple times: Jim Jackson of Ohio State (1991, 1992) and Mateen Cleaves of Michigan State (1998, 1999). Six players who won the Big Ten Player of the Year award were also named the national player of the year by one or more major voting bodies: Jim Jackson (1992), Calbert Cheaney of Indiana (1993), Glenn Robinson of Purdue (1994), Evan Turner of Ohio State (2010), Trey Burke of Michigan 2013, and Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin (2015).

Michigan State has the record for the most winners with eight. Of current Big Ten Conference members, six schools have never had a winner: Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, and Rutgers. Of these, only Iowa and Northwestern were in the conference since the inception of this award—Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1991, Nebraska joined in 2011, followed by Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.


Jared Jeffries earned Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2002.
Devin Harris was the first winner for Wisconsin (2004).
Dee Brown was selected the player of the year in 2005.
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 Ten Player of the Year award at that point


Season Player School Position Class Reference
1984–85 Tarpley, RoyRoy Tarpley Michigan Power forward/Center Junior
1985–86 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles Michigan State Point guard Senior
1986–87 Hopson, DennisDennis Hopson Ohio State Small forward Senior
1987–88 Grant, GaryGary Grant Michigan Point guard Senior
1988–89 Edwards, JayJay Edwards Indiana Shooting guard Sophomore
1988–89 Rice, GlenGlen Rice Michigan Shooting guard/Small forward Senior
1989–90 Scheffler, SteveSteve Scheffler Purdue Center Senior
1990–91 Jackson, JimJim Jackson Ohio State Shooting guard Sophomore
1991–92 Jackson, JimJim Jackson* (2) Ohio State Shooting guard Junior
1992–93 Cheaney, CalbertCalbert Cheaney* Indiana Small forward Senior
1993–94 Robinson, GlennGlenn Robinson* Purdue Small forward Sophomore
1994–95 Respert, ShawnShawn Respert Michigan State Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 Evans, BrianBrian Evans Indiana Power forward Senior
1996–97 Jackson, BobbyBobby Jackson[a] Minnesota Point guard Senior
1997–98 Cleaves, MateenMateen Cleaves Michigan State Point guard Sophomore
1998–99 Cleaves, MateenMateen Cleaves (2) Michigan State Point guard Junior
1998–99 Penn, ScoonieScoonie Penn Ohio State Point guard Junior
1999–00 Guyton, A. J.A. J. Guyton Indiana Shooting guard Senior
1999–00 Peterson, MorrisMorris Peterson Michigan State Small forward Senior
2000–01 Williams, FrankFrank Williams Illinois Point guard Sophomore
2001–02 Jeffries, JaredJared Jeffries Indiana Center Sophomore
2002–03 Cook, BrianBrian Cook Illinois Power forward Senior
2003–04 Harris, DevinDevin Harris Wisconsin Point guard Junior
2004–05 Brown, DeeDee Brown Illinois Shooting guard Junior
2005–06 Dials, TerenceTerence Dials Ohio State Power forward Senior
2006–07 Tucker, AlandoAlando Tucker Wisconsin Small forward Senior
2007–08 White, D. J.D. J. White Indiana Power forward Senior
2008–09 Lucas, KalinKalin Lucas Michigan State Point guard Sophomore
2009–10 Turner, EvanEvan Turner* Ohio State Shooting guard Junior
2010–11 Johnson, JaJuanJaJuan Johnson Purdue Center Senior
2011–12 Green, DraymondDraymond Green Michigan State Small forward Senior
2012–13 Burke, TreyTrey Burke* Michigan Point guard Sophomore
2013–14 Stauskas, NikNik Stauskas Michigan Shooting guard Sophomore [1]
2014–15 Kaminsky, FrankFrank Kaminsky* Wisconsin Power forward Senior [2]
2015–16 Valentine, DenzelDenzel Valentine Michigan State Shooting guard Senior [3]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Michigan State (1953) 8 1986, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2012, 2016
Indiana (1900) 6 1989, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008
Ohio State (1912) 6 1987, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2006, 2010
Michigan (1896) 5 1985, 1988, 1989, 2013, 2014
Purdue (1896) 3 1990, 1994, 2011
Illinois (1896) 3 2001, 2003, 2005
Wisconsin (1896) 3 2004, 2007, 2015
Minnesota (1896) 1 1997[a]
Iowa (1900) 0
Maryland (2014) 0
Nebraska (2011) 0
Northwestern (1896) 0
Penn State (1993) 0
Rutgers (2014) 0



  1. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2014 Men's Basketball Postseason Honors" (Press release). Big Ten Conference. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ Temple, Jesse (March 9, 2015). "Badgers' Kaminsky takes home Big Ten player of the year honors" (Press release). Fox Sports. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ Olson, Eric (March 7, 2016). "Michigan State's Denzel Valentine the Big Ten player of year" (Press release). Washington Post. Retrieved March 8, 2016.