Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Awarded forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Colonial Athletic Association
CountryUnited States
History
First award1983
Most recentMatt Lewis, James Madison

The Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Colonial Athletic Association's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1982–83 season, when the conference was known as the ECAC South basketball league. In 1985, the conference expanded to offer more sports, and became the Colonial Athletic Association.[1]

The first award, the only tie, was given to Dan Ruland of James Madison and Carlos Yates of George Mason. Two different players have won the award three times. David Robinson of Navy won in 1984, 1985, and 1986.[1] George Evans won in 1999, 2000, and 2001 while playing for George Mason. Evans' first award in 1999 was as a 28-year-old sophomore—he had served seven years in the United States Army, seeing combat in Somalia, Bosnia, and Desert Storm.[1][2][3] Steve Hood of James Madison, Odell Hodge of Old Dominion, Brett Blizzard of UNC Wilmington, Eric Maynor of VCU, Charles Jenkins of Hofstra, Jerrelle Benimon of Towson and Justin Wright-Foreman of Hofstra have each won the award twice.[1]

Three of the four schools with the most winners are no longer in the conference. George Mason (six winners), left for the Atlantic 10 in 2013. Hofstra is the current CAA member with the most winners (also six), while James Madison, Old Dominion and VCU have each had four winners. Old Dominion left for Conference USA in 2013, and VCU left for the A10 in 2012. Navy's three wins by Robinson were won while the team was a conference member for just nine years. Another charter member, Richmond, won three awards before leaving the conference in 2001. Other original members to leave, American and East Carolina, each have one recipient. Of the conference's current members, William & Mary went the longest without its first winner. In 2015, 32 years after the award was first handed out, Marcus Thornton claimed William & Mary's first ever CAA Player of the Year honor.[1]

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 CAA Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

David Robinson won the award three times while playing at Navy.
José Juan Barea is the first of two winners from Northeastern (2006).
Brett Blizzard won twice (2002, 2003) while at UNC Wilmington.
Justin Wright-Foreman of Hofstra won twice (2018, 2019).
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1982–83 Dan Ruland James Madison C Senior
Carlos Yates George Mason F Sophomore
1983–84 Johnny Newman Richmond F Sophomore [4]
1984–85 David Robinson Navy C Sophomore [5]
1985–86 David Robinson (2) Navy C Junior [5]
1986–87 David Robinson* (3) Navy C Senior [5]
1987–88 Kenny Sanders George Mason F Junior
1988–89 Blue Edwards East Carolina F Senior [6]
1989–90 Steve Hood James Madison SG Junior
1990–91 Steve Hood (2) James Madison SG Senior
1991–92 Curtis Blair Richmond SG Senior
1992–93 Brian Gilgeous American F/G Senior
1993–94 Odell Hodge Old Dominion C/F Sophomore [7]
1994–95 Petey Sessoms Old Dominion F Senior [8]
1995–96 Bernard Hopkins VCU F Senior [9]
1996–97 Odell Hodge (2) Old Dominion C/F Senior [7]
1997–98 Jarod Stevenson Richmond SF Senior
1998–99 George Evans George Mason C/F Sophomore [2]
1999–00 George Evans (2) George Mason C/F Junior [2]
2000–01 George Evans (3) George Mason C/F Senior [2]
2001–02 Brett Blizzard UNC Wilmington SG Junior [10]
2002–03 Brett Blizzard (2) UNC Wilmington SG Senior [10]
2003–04 Domonic Jones VCU PG Senior
2004–05 Alex Loughton Old Dominion C/F Junior [11]
2005–06 José Juan Barea Northeastern PG Senior [12]
2006–07 Loren Stokes Hofstra G Senior [13]
2007–08 Eric Maynor VCU PG Junior [14]
2008–09 Eric Maynor (2) VCU PG Senior [14]
2009–10 Charles Jenkins Hofstra PG Junior
2010–11 Charles Jenkins (2) Hofstra PG Senior
2011–12 Ryan Pearson George Mason SF Senior [15]
2012–13 Jerrelle Benimon Towson PF Junior [16]
2013–14 Jerrelle Benimon (2) Towson PF Senior [17]
2014–15 Marcus Thornton William & Mary SG Senior [18]
2015–16 Juan'ya Green Hofstra PG Senior [19]
2016–17 T. J. Williams Northeastern PG Senior [20]
2017–18 Justin Wright-Foreman Hofstra PG Junior [21]
2018–19 Justin Wright-Foreman (2) Hofstra PG Senior [22]
2019–20 Nathan Knight William & Mary PF Senior [23]
2020–21 Matt Lewis James Madison SG Senior [24]

Winners by school[edit]

The CAA began in 1982 when it was known as the ECAC South. The CAA was officially organized in 1985 when it expanded from only a basketball conference. Awards from the ECAC are included.[1]

School (year joined) Winners Years
George Mason (1982)[a] 6 1983, 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2012
Hofstra (2001) 6 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2018, 2019
James Madison (1982) 4 1983, 1990, 1991, 2021
Old Dominion (1991)[b] 4 1994, 1995, 1997, 2005
VCU (1995)[c] 4 1996, 2004, 2008, 2009
Navy (1982)[d] 3 1985, 1986, 1987
Richmond (1982)[e] 3 1984, 1992, 1998
Northeastern (2005) 2 2006, 2017
Towson (2001) 2 2013, 2014
UNC Wilmington (1985) 2 2002, 2003
William & Mary (1982) 2 2015, 2020
American (1984)[f] 1 1993
East Carolina (1982)[g] 1 1989
College of Charleston (2013) 0
Delaware (2001) 0
Drexel (2001) 0
Elon (2014) 0
Georgia State (2005)[h] 0

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

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