Lute Olson Award

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Lute Olson Award
Lute Olson 2007 vs Stanford.jpg
Lute Olson
Awarded for the nation's top non-freshman and non-transfer men's player in NCAA Division I basketball
Country United States
Presented by
First awarded 2010
Currently held by Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Official website

The Lute Olson Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding non-freshman men's college basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. The award was established in 2010 and is named for former Arizona Wildcats head coach Lute Olson.[1]


Only players who have completed at least two seasons at their current school are eligible for the award. As such, freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible. The recipient is chosen by a committee including current and former coaches, NBA players, media members, Lute Olson himself, and others involved in the basketball community.[1]


Kansas' Sherron Collins is the award's inaugural winner in 2010.
* Awarded a national player of the year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year or the John R. Wooden Award
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Lute Olson Award
Year Player School Position Class Reference
2009–10 Collins, SherronSherron Collins Kansas Point guard Senior [2]
2010–11 Walker, KembaKemba Walker Connecticut Point guard Junior [3]
2011–12 McDermott, DougDoug McDermott Creighton Small forward Sophomore [4]
2012–13 Larkin, ShaneShane Larkin Miami (FL) Point guard Sophomore [5]
2013–14 McDermott, DougDoug McDermott* (2) Creighton Small forward Senior [6]
2014–15 Payne, CameronCameron Payne Murray State Point guard Sophomore [7]
2015–16 Denzel Valentine Michigan State Small forward Senior

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Creighton 2 2012, 2014
Connecticut 1 2011
Kansas 1 2010
Miami (FL) 1 2013
Michigan State 1 2016
Murray State 1 2015


  1. ^ a b "Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award". 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kansas' Sherron Collins Recipient of 2010 Lute Olson Player of the Year Award" (Press release). University of Kansas. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (April 5, 2011). "Kemba Walker wins Lute Olson National Player of the Year". UConn Bball. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ Creighton University (March 30, 2012). "McDermott wins Lute Olson National Player of the Year". Creighton Bball. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Larkin Named Lute Olson Player of the Year" (Press release). University of Miami Athletics. April 5, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "McDermott Wins Second Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award" (Press release). Creighton University Athletics. April 4, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award | College Basketball Awards |". Retrieved 2016-04-08. 

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