Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year
|Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year|
|Given for||the most outstanding basketball player in the Horizon League|
|Most recent||Kendrick Nunn, Oakland|
The Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Horizon League's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1979–80 season—the first year of the conference's existence. Five players have won the award multiple times: Byron Larkin, Brian Grant, Rashad Phillips, Alfredrick Hughes and Keifer Sykes. Hughes, unlike the other four who each won twice, was awarded the Player of the Year on three occasions—a feat that has never been duplicated.
There have only been two ties in the award's history (1980–81 and 1982–83). Butler, which left for the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2012 and is now in the Big East Conference, has seven recipients, which is the most all-time. Loyola–Chicago has six winners, but left in 2013 to join the Missouri Valley Conference. Among current members, Detroit Mercy has the most, with five. Three current members of the Horizon League have never had a winner – IUPUI, Northern Kentucky, and Youngstown State. IUPUI played its first Horizon League season in 2017–18; Northern Kentucky joined in 2015 and Youngstown State in 2002.
|†||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 Horizon League Player of the Year award at that point|
Winners by school
|School (year joined)||Winners||Years|
|Butler (1980)[a]||7||1991, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|Loyola–Chicago (1980)[b]||6||1981†, 1982, 1983†, 1984, 1985, 1987|
|Detroit Mercy (1981)[c]||5||1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2013|
|Xavier (1980)[d]||5||1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994|
|Green Bay (1995)||3||1996, 2014, 2015|
|Evansville (1980)[e]||2||1989, 1992|
|Milwaukee (1995)||2||2004, 2005|
|Oakland (2013)||2||2016, 2018|
|Oral Roberts (1980)[f]||2||1980, 1983†|
|UIC (1995)||2||1995, 1998|
|Valparaiso (2008)[g]||2||2012, 2017|
|Cleveland State (1995)||1||2011|
|Oklahoma City (1980)[h]||1||1981†|
|Wright State (1995)||1||2007|
|Northern Kentucky (2015)||0||—|
|Youngstown State (2002)||0||—|
- Butler University left after 2011–12 to join the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10), and joined the Big East Conference in 2013.
- Loyola University Chicago left after 2012–13 to join the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC).
- The Detroit Mercy athletic program was branded solely as "Detroit" until the 2017–18 season, even though the university's current name has been in effect since 1990.
- Xavier University left after 1995–96 to join the A-10, and joined the Big East in 2013.
- The University of Evansville left after 1993–94 to join the MVC.
- Oral Roberts University left after 1986–87 to join the Mid-Continent Conference (now known as The Summit League). Apart from a two-season stint in the Southland Conference from 2012 to 2014, it has remained in The Summit League.
- Valparaiso University left after 2016–17 to join the MVC.
- Oklahoma City University left after 1984–85 to join the Sooner Athletic Conference in the NAIA.
- "Horizon League Men's Basketball Historical Records". Horizon League. pp. 86–92. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2009.