NABC Player of the Year

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NABC Player of the Year
Given forthe most outstanding NCAA men's basketball players in all levels of competition
CountryUnited States
Presented byNABC
State Farm Insurance
History
First award1975
Most recentJalen Brunson, Villanova
WebsiteOfficial website

The NABC Player of the Year is an award given annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to recognize the top player in men's college basketball. The award has been given since the 1974–75 season to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball players. The association added awards for Division II and Division III players in 1983, and for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and junior college players in 2008. The awards have previously been sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

In Division I, Duke has the most all-time winners with five. Their rival, North Carolina, as well as Kansas are tied for second with four winners. There have been three ties for NABC Player of the Year (2002, 2004, 2006), and only two players have won the award multiple times (Jay Williams and Ralph Sampson).

In Division II, Virginia Union has four winners, the most all-time, and is followed by Kentucky Wesleyan which has three. Only one tie has occurred (2006), while three players have won the award more than once (Stan Gouard, Earl Jones, John Smith).

In Division III, Potsdam State has the most all-time winners with three, while six other schools are tied for second with two winners apiece. There have been two ties (2007, 2010) and four repeat winners (Leroy Witherspoon, Andrew Olson, Aaron Walton-Moss and Joey Flannery).

At the NAIA level, there is a distinction between NAIA Division I and NAIA Division II winners. Since the awards began in 2008, no school or individual player has received the award multiple times. In junior college, every winner has been a sophomore and has gone on to play at an NCAA Division I school after their community college careers have ended.

Key[edit]

Co-Players of the Year
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the Player of the Year award
School (X) Denotes the number of times a player from that school has been given the Player of the Year award

Division I Players of the Year[edit]

Patrick Ewing is the only winner from Georgetown.
Antawn Jamison won in 1997–98.
Adam Morrison shared the award as a junior in 2005–06.
Season Player School State Position Class
1974–75 David Thompson NC State North Carolina Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
1975–76 Scott May Indiana Indiana Forward Senior
1976–77 Marques Johnson UCLA California Guard / Forward Senior
1977–78 Phil Ford North Carolina North Carolina Point guard Senior
1978–79 Larry Bird Indiana State Indiana Small forward Senior
1979–80 Michael Brooks La Salle Pennsylvania Forward Senior
1980–81 Danny Ainge Brigham Young Utah Shooting guard Senior
1981–82 Ralph Sampson Virginia Virginia Center Junior
1982–83 Ralph Sampson (2) Virginia (2) Virginia Center Senior
1983–84 Michael Jordan North Carolina (2) North Carolina Shooting guard Junior
1984–85 Patrick Ewing Georgetown Washington, D.C. Center Senior
1985–86 Walter Berry St. John's New York Power forward Senior
1986–87 David Robinson Navy Maryland Center Senior
1987–88 Danny Manning Kansas Kansas Power forward Senior
1988–89 Sean Elliott Arizona Arizona Small forward Senior
1989–90 Lionel Simmons La Salle (2) Pennsylvania Small forward Senior
1990–91 Larry Johnson UNLV Nevada Power forward Senior
1991–92 Christian Laettner Duke North Carolina Forward Senior
1992–93 Calbert Cheaney Indiana (2) Indiana Small forward Senior
1993–94 Glenn Robinson Purdue Indiana Small forward / Power forward Sophomore
1994–95 Shawn Respert Michigan State Michigan Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 Marcus Camby Massachusetts Massachusetts Center Junior
1996–97 Tim Duncan Wake Forest North Carolina Center Senior
1997–98 Antawn Jamison North Carolina (3) North Carolina Small forward Junior
1998–99 Elton Brand Duke (2) North Carolina Center Sophomore
1999–00 Kenyon Martin Cincinnati Ohio Power forward Senior
2000–01 Jason Williams Duke (3) North Carolina Point guard Sophomore
2001–02 Drew Gooden Kansas (2) Kansas Center Junior
2001–02 Jason Williams (2) Duke (4) North Carolina Point guard Junior
2002–03 Nick Collison Kansas (3) Kansas Power forward Senior
2003–04 Jameer Nelson Saint Joseph's Pennsylvania Point guard Senior
2003–04 Emeka Okafor Connecticut Connecticut Center Junior
2004–05 Andrew Bogut Utah Utah Center Sophomore
2005–06 Adam Morrison Gonzaga Washington Small forward Junior
2005–06 J. J. Redick Duke (5) North Carolina Shooting guard Senior
2006–07 Kevin Durant Texas Texas Small forward Freshman
2007–08 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina (4) North Carolina Power forward Junior
2008–09 Blake Griffin Oklahoma Oklahoma Power forward Sophomore
2009–10 Evan Turner Ohio State Ohio Small forward Junior
2010–11 Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young (2) Utah Point guard Senior
2011–12 Draymond Green Michigan State (2) Michigan Power forward Senior
2012–13 Trey Burke Michigan Michigan Point guard Sophomore
2013–14 Doug McDermott Creighton Nebraska Small forward Senior
2014–15 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin Wisconsin Power forward / Center Senior
2015–16 Denzel Valentine Michigan State (3) Michigan Shooting guard Senior
2016–17 Frank Mason III Kansas (4) Kansas Point guard Senior
2017–18 Jalen Brunson Villanova Pennsylvania Point guard Junior

Division II Player of the Year[edit]

Charles Oakley won in 1984–85 and later became an NBA All-Star while playing for the New York Knicks.
Season Player School State Position Class
1982–83 Earl Jones District of Columbia Washington, D.C. Center Junior
1983–84 Earl Jones (2) District of Columbia (2) Washington, D.C. Center Senior
1984–85 Charles Oakley Virginia Union Virginia Power forward Senior
1985–86 Todd Linder Tampa Florida Small forward Junior
1986–87 Ralph Talley Norfolk State Virginia Point guard Senior
1987–88 Jerry Johnson Florida Southern Florida Point guard Senior
1988–89 Kris Kearney Florida Southern (2) Florida Forward Senior
1989–90 A. J. English Virginia Union (2) Virginia Shooting guard Senior
1990–91 Corey Crowder Kentucky Wesleyan Kentucky Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1991–92 Eric Manuel Oklahoma City Oklahoma Small forward Senior
1992–93 Alex Wright Central Oklahoma Oklahoma Shooting guard Senior
1993–94 Derrick Johnson Virginia Union (3) Virginia Center / Power forward Senior
1994–95 Stan Gouard Southern Indiana Indiana Guard Junior
1995–96 Stan Gouard (2) Southern Indiana (2) Indiana Guard Senior
1996–97 Kebu Stewart Cal State Bakersfield California Power forward Senior
1997–98 Joe Newton Central Oklahoma (2) Oklahoma Point guard / Shooting guard Senior
1998–99 Antonio García Kentucky Wesleyan (2) Kentucky Forward Senior
1999–00 Ajumu Gaines Charleston West Virginia Point guard Senior
2000–01 Colin Ducharme Longwood Virginia Power forward Senior
2001–02 Ronald Murray Shaw North Carolina Shooting guard / Point guard Senior
2002–03 Marlon Parmer Kentucky Wesleyan (3) Kentucky Point guard Senior
2003–04 Elad Inbar UMass Lowell Massachusetts Forward Senior
2004–05 Mark Worthington Metro State Colorado Forward Senior
2005–06 Darius Hargrove Virginia Union (4) Virginia Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
2005–06 Turner Trofholz South Dakota South Dakota Power forward Senior
2006–07 John Smith Winona State Minnesota Center Junior
2007–08 John Smith (2) Winona State (2) Minnesota Center Senior
2008–09 Josh Bostic Findlay Ohio Small forward Senior
2009–10 Jason Westrol Bentley Massachusetts Point guard Senior
2010–11 Darryl Webb Indiana (PA) Pennsylvania Forward Senior
2011–12 Braydon Hobbs Bellarmine Kentucky Point guard Senior
2012–13 Clayton Vette Winona State (3) Minnesota Power forward Senior
2013–14 Brandon Jefferson Metro State (2) Colorado Point guard Senior
2014–15 Mitch McCarron Metro State (3) Colorado Shooting guard Senior
2015–16 Dan Jansen Augustana South Dakota Power forward Senior
2016–17 Justin Pitts Northwest Missouri State Missouri Point guard Junior
2017–18 Zach Hankins Ferris State Michigan Center Junior

Division III Player of the Year[edit]

Jimmy Bartolotta was the first recipient to play for MIT. He was the Division III Player of the Year in 2008–09.
Season Player School State Position Class
1982–83 Leroy Witherspoon Potsdam State New York Point guard Junior
1983–84 Leroy Witherspoon (2) Potsdam State (2) New York Point guard Senior
1984–85 Tim Casey Wittenberg Ohio Senior
1985–86 Dick Hempy Otterbein Ohio Guard Junior
1986–87 Brendan Mitchell Potsdam State (3) New York Small forward Senior
1987–88 Scott Tedder Ohio Wesleyan Ohio Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1988–89 Greg Grant Trenton State New Jersey Point guard Senior
1989–90 Matt Hancock Colby Maine Shooting guard Senior
1990–91 Brad Baldridge Wittenberg (2) Ohio Center Senior
1991–92 Andre Foreman Salisbury State Maryland Power forward Senior
1992–93 Steve Hondred Calvin Michigan
1993–94 Scott Fitch SUNY Geneseo New York Guard Senior
1994–95 D'Artis Jones Ohio Northern Ohio Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 David Benter Hanover Indiana Senior
1996–97 Bryan Crabtree Illinois Wesleyan Illinois Small forward Senior
1997–98 Mike Nogelo Williams Massachusetts Forward Senior
1998–99 Merrill Brunson Wisconsin–Platteville Wisconsin Point guard / Shooting guard Junior
1999–00 Aaron Winkle Calvin (2) Michigan Power forward Senior
2000–01 Horace Jenkins William Paterson New Jersey Point guard Senior
2001–02 Jeff Gibbs Otterbein (2) Ohio Forward Senior
2002–03 Bryan Nelson Wooster Ohio
2003–04 Richard Melzer Wisconsin–River Falls Wisconsin Forward Senior
2004–05 Jason Kalsow Wisconsin–Stevens Point Wisconsin Power forward Junior
2005–06 Brandon Adair Virginia Wesleyan Virginia Small forward Junior
2006–07 Andrew Olson Amherst Massachusetts Point guard Junior
2006–07 Ben Strong Guilford North Carolina Center Junior
2007–08 Andrew Olson (2) Amherst (2) Massachusetts Point guard Senior
2008–09 Jimmy Bartolotta MIT Massachusetts Shooting guard Senior
2009–10 Tyler Sanborn Guilford (2) North Carolina Center Senior
2010–11 Michael Taylor Whitworth Washington Shooting guard Senior
2011–12 Chris Davis Wisconsin–Whitewater Wisconsin Power forward Senior
2012–13 Aaron Toomey Amherst (3) Massachusetts Point guard Junior
2013–14 Aaron Walton-Moss Cabrini Pennsylvania Point guard Junior
2014–15 Aaron Walton-Moss (2) Cabrini (2) Pennsylvania Point guard Senior
2015–16 Joey Flannery Babson Massachusetts Point guard Junior
2016–17 Joey Flannery (2) Babson (2) Massachusetts Point guard Senior
2017–18 Tyheim Monroe Cabrini (3) Pennsylvania Power forward Senior

NAIA Players of the Year[edit]

For the 2007–08 season, Ryan Fiegi, a senior point guard at Oregon Tech, was named the player of the year. Beginning in 2008–09, the NAIA began awarding players of the year for Divisions I and II.

Division I
Season Player School State Position Class
2008–09 Geoff Payne Westminster Utah Forward Senior
2009–10 Nate Brumfield Oklahoma Baptist Oklahoma Forward Senior
2010–11 Justin Johnson Concordia California Guard Senior
2011–12 Emmanuel Wilson Oklahoma Baptist (2) Oklahoma Guard Senior
2012–13 Vic Moses Georgetown Kentucky Forward Senior
2012–13 Dominique Rambo SAGU Texas Guard Junior
2013–14 Dominique Rambo (2) SAGU (2) Texas Guard Senior
2014–15 Kenny Manigault Pikeville Kentucky Guard/forward Senior
2015–16 Deondre McWhorter Georgetown (2) Kentucky Power forward Senior
2016–17 Delarian Williams Life Georgia Forward Senior
2017–18 Ryan Imhoff Carroll Montana Shooting guard Senior
Division II
Season Player School State Position Class
2008–09 William Walker Bethel Indiana Forward Senior
2009–10 Steve Briggs Oklahoma Wesleyan Oklahoma Guard Senior
2010–11 Sadiel Rojas Oklahoma Wesleyan (2) Oklahoma Forward Senior
2011–12 Jonathan Dunn Northwood Florida Guard Senior
2012–13 Ra'Shad James Northwood (2) Florida Guard Senior
2013–14 Joe Mitchell Friends Kansas Guard Senior
2014–15 Dominez Burnett Davenport Michigan Forward Junior
2015–16 Dominez Burnett (2) Davenport (2) Michigan Forward Senior
2016–17 Warren Hall Warner Florida Point guard Senior
2017–18 Kyle Steigenga Cornerstone Michigan Forward Senior

Junior College Player of the Year[edit]

Since community college players only attend for two years, these players are only either freshmen or sophomores. Afterwards, they move on to a four year university to finish their last two seasons of NCAA eligibility. The "University" column reflects which team these players would play for following their JuCo careers.

Season Player Junior college State Position Class University
2007–08 Jeremie Simmons Mott Michigan Guard Sophomore Ohio State
2008–09 Nafis Ricks Johnson County Kansas Guard Sophomore Missouri State
2009–10 Jae Crowder Howard Texas Forward Sophomore Marquette
2010–11 Kiel Turpin Lincoln Illinois Center Sophomore Florida State
2011–12 Cleanthony Early SUNY Sullivan New York Power forward Sophomore Wichita State
2012–13 Chris Jones Northwest Florida State Florida Guard Sophomore Louisville
2013–14 Kadeem Allen Hutchinson Kansas Guard Sophomore Arizona
2014–15 Brandon Brown Phoenix Arizona Guard Sophomore Loyola Marymount
2015–16 Kavell Bigby-Williams Gillette Wyoming Forward Sophomore Oregon
2016–17 Shakur Juiston Hutchinson Kansas Forward Sophomore UNLV
2017–18 Charles Jones Jr. College of Southern Idaho Idaho Guard Sophomore Utah

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