Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award

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Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award
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Given for the most outstanding male and female college basketball players no taller than 6'0" (1.83 m) and 5'8" (1.73 m), respectively
Country United States
Presented by NABC (men)
WBCA (women)
History
First award 1969 (men)
1984 (women)
Final award 2014

The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award was an annual college basketball award in the United States intended to honor shorter-than-average players who excelled on the court despite their size.[1] The award, named in honor of James Naismith's daughter-in-law, was established for men in 1969 and for women in 1984. The men's award was presented to the nation's most outstanding senior who is 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) or shorter, while the women's award was presented to the top senior who is 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) or shorter. Early in the women's award's history, the cut-off height was 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m). The men's award was selected by a panel from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), while the women's was selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).[1] The award was discontinued following the 2013–14 season.[2]

The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award was restricted to players who competed in NCAA Division I competition, but in the past it was open to all NCAA levels. For the men's winners, John Rinka from Kenyon College (1970), Mike Scheib from Susquehanna University (1978) and Jerry Johnson from Florida Southern College were winners from NCAA Division II, Division III, and Division II, respectively. For the women's winners, Julie Dabrowski of New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University) (1990) and Amy Dodrill (1995) and Angie Arnold (1998), both from Johns Hopkins University, were also winners from Division III.

Only three schools from the list of men's winners (Louisville, St. John's and UCLA) and six schools from the list of women's winners (Baylor, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, and Penn State) had multiple award winners. Of these programs, the only one with winners in consecutive seasons is the Louisville men's program (Peyton Siva in 2013 and Russ Smith in 2014). Six other schools have had winners of both the men's and women's awards: California, Eastern Michigan, NC State, Purdue, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Key[edit]

       *        Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year and/or the John R. Wooden Award (and/or the Wade Trophy for women)

Winners[edit]

Earl Boykins, at 5'5" (1.65 m) is the third-shortest male to win the award.
Becky Hammon is the WAC's all-time leading scorer.
Jameer Nelson was dually named the National Player of the Year in 2004.
2011 women's winner Courtney Vandersloot at the Inaugural WBCA Award Show
Men
Year Player College Height
1968–69 Billy Keller Purdue 5'10" (1.78 m)
1969–70 John Rinka Kenyon 5'9" (1.75 m)
1970–71 Charlie Johnson California 6'0" (1.83 m)
1971–72 Scott Martin Oklahoma 6'0" (1.83 m)
1972–73 Robert Sherwin Army 5'11" (1.80 m)
1973–74 Mike Robinson Michigan State 5'11" (1.80 m)
1974–75 Monte Towe NC State 5'7" (1.70 m)
1975–76 Frank Alagia St. John's 5'10" (1.78 m)
1976–77 Jeff Jonas Utah 6'0" (1.83 m)
1977–78 Mike Scheib Susquehanna 5'8" (1.73 m)
1978–79 Alton Byrd Columbia 5'9" (1.75 m)
1979–80 Jim Sweeney Boston College 5'11" (1.80 m)
1980–81 Terry Adolph West Texas State 5'8" (1.73 m)
1981–82 Jack Moore Nebraska 5'9" (1.75 m)
1982–83 Ray McCallum Ball State 5'9" (1.75 m)
1983–84 Ricky Stokes Virginia 5'10" (1.78 m)
1984–85 Bubba Jennings Texas Tech 5'11" (1.80 m)
1985–86 Jim Les Bradley 5'11" (1.80 m)
1986–87 Muggsy Bogues Wake Forest 5'3" (1.60 m)
1987–88 Jerry Johnson Florida Southern 5'11" (1.80 m)
1988–89 Tim Hardaway UTEP 6'0" (1.83 m)
1989–90 Greg "Boo" Harvey St. John's 6'0" (1.83 m)
1990–91 Keith Jennings East Tennessee State 5'7" (1.70 m)
1991–92 Tony Bennett Green Bay 6'0" (1.83 m)
1992–93 Sam Crawford New Mexico State 5'8" (1.73 m)
1993–94 Greg Brown New Mexico 5'7" (1.70 m)
1994–95 Tyus Edney UCLA 5'10" (1.78 m)
1995–96 Eddie Benton Vermont 5'11" (1.80 m)
1996–97 Brevin Knight Stanford 5'10" (1.78 m)
1997–98 Earl Boykins Eastern Michigan 5'5" (1.65 m)
1998–99 Shawnta Rogers George Washington 5'4" (1.63 m)
1999–00 Scoonie Penn Ohio State 5'11" (1.80 m)
2000–01 Rashad Phillips Detroit 5'10" (1.78 m)
2001–02 Steve Logan Cincinnati 5'10" (1.78 m)
2002–03 Jason Gardner Arizona 5'10" (1.78 m)
2003–04 Jameer Nelson* Saint Joseph's 6'0" (1.83 m)
2004–05 Nate Robinson Washington 5'9" (1.75 m)
2005–06 Dee Brown Illinois 6'0" (1.83 m)
2006–07 Tre Kelley South Carolina 6'0" (1.83 m)
2007–08 Mike Green Butler 6'0" (1.83 m)
2008–09 Darren Collison UCLA 6'0" (1.83 m)
2009–10 Sherron Collins Kansas 5'11" (1.80 m)
2010–11 Jacob Pullen Kansas State 6'0" (1.83 m)
2011–12 Reggie Hamilton Oakland 5'11" (1.80 m)
2012–13 Peyton Siva Louisville 6'0" (1.83 m)
2013–14 Russ Smith Louisville 6'0" (1.83 m)
Women
Year Player College Height
1983–84 Kim Mulkey Louisiana Tech 5'4" (1.63 m)
1984–85 Maria Stack Gonzaga
1985–86 Kamie Ethridge* Texas 5'5" (1.65 m)
1986–87 Rhonda Windham USC
1987–88 Suzie McConnell Penn State 5'5" (1.65 m)
1988–89 Paulette Backstrom Bowling Green
1989–90 Julie Dabrowski New Hampshire College
1990–91 Shanya Evans Providence
1991–92 Rosemary Kosiorek West Virginia 5'5" (1.65 m)
1992–93 Dena Evans Virginia 5'4" (1.63 m)
1993–94 Nicole Levesque Wake Forest
1994–95 Amy Dodrill Johns Hopkins
1995–96 Jennifer Rizzotti* Connecticut 5'6" (1.68 m)
1996–97 Jennifer Howard NC State
1997–98 Angie Arnold Johns Hopkins
1998–99 Becky Hammon Colorado State 5'6" (1.68 m)
1999–00 Helen Darling Penn State 5'6" (1.68 m)
2000–01 Niele Ivey Notre Dame 5'7" (1.70 m)
2001–02 Sheila Lambert Baylor 5'7" (1.70 m)
2002–03 Kara Lawson Tennessee 5'8" (1.73 m)
2003–04 Erika Valek Purdue 5'6" (1.68 m)
2004–05 Tan White Mississippi State 5'7" (1.70 m)
2005–06 Megan Duffy Notre Dame 5'7" (1.70 m)
2006–07 Lindsey Harding* Duke 5'8" (1.73 m)
2007–08 Jolene Anderson Wisconsin 5'8" (1.73 m)
2008–09 Renee Montgomery Connecticut 5'7" (1.70 m)
2009–10 Alexis Gray-Lawson California 5'8" (1.73 m)
2010–11 Courtney Vandersloot Gonzaga 5'8" (1.73 m)
2011–12 Tavelyn James Eastern Michigan 5'7" (1.70 m)
2012–13 Alex Bentley Penn State 5'8" (1.73 m)
2013–14 Odyssey Sims* Baylor 5'8" (1.73 m)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Frances Pomeroy Naismith". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 
  2. ^ "Discontinued Awards". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 

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