Conference USA Men's Basketball Player of the Year
|Conference USA Men's Basketball Player of the Year|
|Given for||the most outstanding basketball player in Conference USA|
|Most recent||JaCorey Williams, Middle Tennessee|
The Conference USA Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to Conference USA's (C-USA) most outstanding player. The award was first given following C-USA's inaugural 1995–96 season. Two players have received the award multiple times: Danny Fortson (1996, 1997) and Steve Logan (2001, 2002). Coincidentally, both players attended the University of Cincinnati. Another Bearcat, Kenyon Martin, won the C-USA Player of the Year award the same season he was selected as the consensus National Player of the Year (2000).
Cincinnati and Memphis have the most awards, with five each; Memphis has the most individual winners, with all of its awards having been won by different players. However, neither school is currently a member of the conference. Due to C-USA having lost many members in both the 2005 and early-2010s conference realignment cycles, only five of its current 14 members have had a winner. The three current C-USA members with more than one winner are Charlotte, Louisiana Tech, and Middle Tennessee.
|†||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 Conference USA Player of the Year award at that point|
Winners by school
|School (year joined)||Winners||Years|
|Cincinnati (1995)[a 1]||5||1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002|
|Memphis (1995)[a 2]||5||2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013|
|Charlotte (1995/2013)[a 1][a 3]||2||1998, 2005|
|Louisiana Tech (2013)||2||2015, 2016|
|Middle Tennessee (2013)||2||2014, 2017|
|DePaul (1995)[a 1]||1||1999|
|Marquette (1995)[a 1]||1||2003|
|UCF (2005)[a 2]||1||2009|
|East Carolina (2001)[a 4]||0||—|
|Florida Atlantic (2013)||0||—|
|Houston (1996)[a 2][a 5]||0||—|
|North Texas (2013)||0||—|
|SMU (2005)[a 2]||0||—|
|Southern Mississippi (1995)||0||—|
|Tulane (1995)[a 4]||0||—|
|Tulsa (2005)[a 4]||0||—|
|Western Kentucky (2014)||0||—|
- Charlotte, Cincinnati, DePaul and Marquette were founding members of C-USA in 1995, but all joined other conferences in 2005. Charlotte left for the Atlantic 10 Conference while the other three left for the Big East Conference. Following the 2013 split of the Big East into a non-football Big East and the football-sponsoring American Athletic Conference (The American), Cincinnati is in The American while DePaul and Marquette are in the new Big East.
- Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF joined The American in 2013.
- Charlotte rejoined C-USA in 2013.
- East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa joined The American in 2014.
- The University of Houston was a founding member in 1995, but did not begin competing until 1996 because of its commitments to the final year of competition of the Southwest Conference.
- "Conference USA Men's Basketball History and Records" (pdf). Conference USA. p. 18. Retrieved 6 September 2009..