Naismith College Player of the Year

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Naismith College Player of the Year
Naismith Trophy.jpg
The Naismith Trophy that was presented to Tina Charles in 2010.
Given forthe most outstanding male and female basketball player
CountryUnited States
Presented byAtlanta Tipoff Club
First award1969
Most recentMen: Zion Williamson, Duke
Women: Megan Gustafson, Iowa
Websiteofficial site

The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men's and women's collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of the inventor of basketball (in 1891), Dr. James Naismith.

History and selection[edit]

First awarded exclusively to male players in 1969, the award was expanded to include female players in 1983. Annually before the college season begins in November, a "watchlist" consisting of 50 players is chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club board of selectors, comprising head coaches, administrators and media members from across the United States. By February, the list of nominees is narrowed down to 30 players based on performance. In March, four out of the 30 players are selected as finalists and are placed in the final ballot. The final winners are selected in April by both the board of selectors and fan voting via text messaging.[1][2] The winners receive the Naismith Trophy.

Since its beginning in 1969, the trophy has been awarded to 43 male and 23 female players. Lew Alcindor of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Anne Donovan of Old Dominion University were the first winners, respectively. Bill Walton of UCLA and Ralph Sampson of the University of Virginia have been the only men to win this award multiple times, with both winning three times. Eight women in all have won this award multiple times. Cheryl Miller of the University of Southern California and Breanna Stewart of the University of Connecticut are the only three-times winners, while seven others won it twice: Clarissa Davis of the University of Texas, Dawn Staley of the University of Virginia, Chamique Holdsclaw of the University of Tennessee, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore of the University of Connecticut, Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University, and Brittney Griner of Baylor University. Davis and Moore are the only ones of either sex to have won multiple times in non-consecutive years.

Two award winners were born in United States territories:

The only three award winners who have been born outside the jurisdiction of the United States were:

Three of these players were developed at least partially in the U.S. proper—Lee was raised in Harlem from early childhood, Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 12, and Hield attended high school in suburban Wichita, Kansas. Duncan did not move to the U.S. proper until he arrived at Wake Forest University, and Bogut lived in Australia until his arrival at the University of Utah.

Duke has had the most male winners with eight, while Connecticut has had the most female winners, with ten awards won by six individuals. The award has been won by a freshman three times: Kevin Durant playing for Texas in 2007, in 2012 by Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Zion Williamson of Duke in 2019


* Denotes players inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has won the award


Year Player College Position Class
1969 Lew Alcindor* UCLA Center Senior
1970 Pete Maravich* LSU Guard Senior
1971 Austin Carr Notre Dame Guard Senior
1972 Bill Walton* UCLA Center Sophomore
1973 Bill Walton* (2) UCLA Center Junior
1974 Bill Walton* (3) UCLA Center Senior
1975 David Thompson* N.C. State Guard Senior
1976 Scott May Indiana Forward Senior
1977 Marques Johnson UCLA Forward Senior
1978 Butch Lee Marquette Guard Senior
1979 Larry Bird* Indiana State Forward Senior
1980 Mark Aguirre DePaul Forward Sophomore
1981 Ralph Sampson* Virginia Center Sophomore
1982 Ralph Sampson* (2) Virginia Center Junior
1983 Ralph Sampson* (3) Virginia Center Senior
1984 Michael Jordan* North Carolina Guard Junior
1985 Patrick Ewing* Georgetown Center Senior
1986 Johnny Dawkins Duke Guard Senior
1987 David Robinson* Navy Center Senior
1988 Danny Manning Kansas Forward Senior
1989 Danny Ferry Duke Forward Senior
1990 Lionel Simmons La Salle Forward Senior
1991 Larry Johnson UNLV Forward Senior
1992 Christian Laettner Duke Forward Senior
1993 Calbert Cheaney Indiana Guard Senior
1994 Glenn Robinson Purdue Forward Junior
1995 Joe Smith Maryland Forward Sophomore
1996 Marcus Camby Massachusetts Center Junior
1997 Tim Duncan Wake Forest Center Senior
1998 Antawn Jamison North Carolina Forward Junior
1999 Elton Brand Duke Forward Sophomore
2000 Kenyon Martin Cincinnati Forward Senior
2001 Shane Battier Duke Forward Senior
2002 Jason Williams Duke Guard Junior
2003 T. J. Ford Texas Guard Sophomore
2004 Jameer Nelson Saint Joseph's Guard Senior
2005 Andrew Bogut Utah Center Sophomore
2006 J. J. Redick Duke Guard Senior[3]
2007 Kevin Durant Texas Forward Freshman[4]
2008 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina Forward Junior[5]
2009 Blake Griffin Oklahoma Forward Sophomore[6]
2010 Evan Turner Ohio State Guard Junior[7]
2011 Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young Guard Senior
2012 Anthony Davis Kentucky Center Freshman
2013 Trey Burke Michigan Guard Sophomore
2014 Doug McDermott Creighton Forward Senior
2015 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin Forward Senior
2016 Buddy Hield Oklahoma Guard Senior
2017 Frank Mason III Kansas Guard Senior
2018 Jalen Brunson Villanova Guard Junior
2019 Zion Williamson Duke Forward Freshman


Year Player College Position Class
1983 Anne Donovan*[8] Old Dominion Center Senior
1984 Cheryl Miller*[9] USC Forward/Center Sophomore
1985 Cheryl Miller* (2)[9] USC Forward/Center Junior
1986 Cheryl Miller* (3)[9] USC Forward/Center Senior
1987 Clarissa Davis[10] Texas Forward Sophomore
1988 Sue Wicks[11] Rutgers Forward Senior
1989 Clarissa Davis (2)[12] Texas Forward Senior
1990 Jennifer Azzi[13] Stanford Guard Senior
1991 Dawn Staley*[14] Virginia Point guard Junior
1992 Dawn Staley* (2)[14] Virginia Point guard Senior
1993 Sheryl Swoopes*[15] Texas Tech Guard/Forward Senior
1994 Lisa Leslie*[16] USC Center Senior
1995 Rebecca Lobo*[17] Connecticut Center Senior
1996 Saudia Roundtree[18] Georgia Guard Junior
1997 Kate Starbird[19] Stanford Forward Senior
1998 Chamique Holdsclaw[20] Tennessee Forward Junior
1999 Chamique Holdsclaw (2)[20] Tennessee Forward Senior
2000 Tamika Catchings[21] Tennessee Forward Junior
2001 Ruth Riley[22] Notre Dame Center Senior
2002 Sue Bird[23] Connecticut Guard Senior
2003 Diana Taurasi[24] Connecticut Guard Junior
2004 Diana Taurasi (2)[24] Connecticut Guard Senior
2005 Seimone Augustus[25] LSU Guard/Forward Junior
2006 Seimone Augustus (2)[25] LSU Guard/Forward Senior
2007 Lindsey Harding[26] Duke Point guard Senior
2008 Candace Parker[27] Tennessee Forward Junior
2009 Maya Moore[24] Connecticut Forward Sophomore
2010 Tina Charles[28] Connecticut Center Senior
2011 Maya Moore (2)[24] Connecticut Forward Senior
2012 Brittney Griner[29] Baylor Center Junior
2013 Brittney Griner (2)[30] Baylor Center Senior
2014 Breanna Stewart[24] Connecticut Forward Sophomore
2015 Breanna Stewart (2)[24] Connecticut Forward Junior
2016 Breanna Stewart (3)[24] Connecticut Forward Senior
2017 Kelsey Plum Washington Point guard Senior
2018 A'ja Wilson[31] South Carolina Forward Senior
2019 Megan Gustafson[32] Iowa Center Senior

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