NABC Defensive Player of the Year

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NABC Defensive Player of the Year
Awarded forthe most outstanding defensive basketball player in the NCAA
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
First award1987
Most recentJamal Shead, Houston

The NABC Defensive Player of the Year is an award given annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to recognize the top defensive player in United States college basketball. The award has been given since 1987 and was previously known as the Henry Iba Corinthian Award, named after Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba, who coached at Oklahoma State University from 1934 to 1970.

Duke has dominated the award with six recipients who have won a total of nine awards. The only other schools with more than one recipient are Connecticut, with two recipients who combined for four awards, and Ohio State, Kentucky, and Virginia with two recipients who each won the award once. Three players have been named the NABC Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions—Stacey Augmon of UNLV (1989–1991), Tim Duncan of Wake Forest (1995–1997), and Shane Battier of Duke (1999–2001). Greg Oden (2007) and Anthony Davis (2012) are the only freshmen to have won the award.

Two winners of this award were born outside the main territory of the United States. Duncan was born in the United States Virgin Islands, an insular area of the U.S.; by U.S. law, all natives of the USVI are U.S. citizens by birth. Hasheem Thabeet, the 2008 and 2009 winner, is a native of Tanzania.


Co-Players of the Year
* 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 Defensive Player of the Year award at that point


Tim Duncan is one of three players to win the award three times.
Kenyon Martin was also named the Naismith and Wooden Award winner in 2000.
In 2007, Greg Oden became the first freshman to be named Defensive Player of the Year.
Season Player School Position Class
1986–87 Tommy Amaker Duke PG Senior
1987–88 Billy King Duke F Senior
1988–89 Stacey Augmon UNLV SF Sophomore
1989–90 Stacey Augmon (2) UNLV SF Junior
1990–91 Stacey Augmon (3) UNLV SF Senior
1991–92 Alonzo Mourning Georgetown C Senior
1992–93 Grant Hill Duke SF Junior
1993–94 Jim McIlvaine Marquette C Senior
1994–95 Tim Duncan Wake Forest C Sophomore
1995–96 Tim Duncan (2) Wake Forest C Junior
1996–97 Tim Duncan* (3) Wake Forest C Senior
1997–98 Steve Wojciechowski Duke SG Senior
1998–99 Shane Battier Duke SF Sophomore
1999–00 Shane Battier (2) Duke SF Junior
Kenyon Martin* Cincinnati C Senior
2000–01 Shane Battier* (3) Duke SF Senior
2001–02 John Linehan Providence PG Senior
2002–03 Emeka Okafor Connecticut C Sophomore
2003–04 Emeka Okafor (2) Connecticut C Junior
2004–05 Shelden Williams Duke PF Junior
2005–06 Shelden Williams (2) Duke PF Senior
2006–07 Greg Oden Ohio State C Freshman
2007–08 Hasheem Thabeet Connecticut C Sophomore
2008–09 Hasheem Thabeet (2) Connecticut C Junior
2009–10 Jarvis Varnado Mississippi State C Senior
2010–11 Kenneth Faried Morehead State PF/C Senior
2011–12 Anthony Davis* Kentucky C Freshman
2012–13 Victor Oladipo Indiana SG Junior
Jeff Withey Kansas C Senior
2013–14 Aaron Craft Ohio State PG Senior
2014–15 Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky PF/C Junior
2015–16 Malcolm Brogdon Virginia SG Senior
2016–17 Jevon Carter West Virginia PG Junior
2017–18 Jevon Carter (2) West Virginia PG Senior
2018–19 De'Andre Hunter Virginia SF Sophomore
2019–20 Udoka Azubuike Kansas C Senior
2020–21 Davion Mitchell Baylor PG Junior
2021–22 Walker Kessler Auburn C Sophomore
2022–23 Jaylen Clark UCLA SG Junior
2023–24 Jamal Shead Houston PG Senior

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Duke 9 1987, 1988, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006
UConn 4 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009
UNLV 3 1989, 1990, 1991
Wake Forest 3 1995, 1996, 1997
Kansas 2 2013, 2020
Kentucky 2 2012, 2015
Ohio State 2 2007, 2014
Virginia 2 2016, 2019
West Virginia 2 2017, 2018
Auburn 1 2022
Baylor 1 2021
Cincinnati 1 2000
Georgetown 1 1992
Houston 1 2024
Indiana 1 2013
Marquette 1 1994
Mississippi State 1 2010
Morehead State 1 2011
Providence 1 2002
UCLA 1 2023

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