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.
Awarded for the most outstanding male and female basketball player
Country United States
Presented by Atlanta Tipoff Club
First awarded 1969
Currently held by Men: Frank Mason III, Kansas
Women: Kelsey Plum, Washington
Official website official 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 42 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.

Five winners of the award, all men, were born outside of the United States. Two of these were born in possessions of the United States, and were American citizens by birth:

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 seven, while the Connecticut has had the most female winners, with nine awards won by six individuals. The award has been won by a freshman twice: Kevin Durant playing for Texas in 2007, and in 2012 by Anthony Davis of Kentucky.


* 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 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor* UCLA Center Senior
1970 Maravich, PetePete Maravich* LSU Guard Senior
1971 Carr, AustinAustin Carr Notre Dame Guard Senior
1972 Walton, BillBill Walton* UCLA Center Sophomore
1973 Walton, BillBill Walton* (2) UCLA Center Junior
1974 Walton, BillBill Walton* (3) UCLA Center Senior
1975 Thompson, DavidDavid Thompson* N.C. State Guard Junior
1976 May, ScottScott May Indiana Forward Senior
1977 Johnson, MarquesMarques Johnson UCLA Forward Senior
1978 Lee, ButchButch Lee Marquette Guard Senior
1979 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* Indiana State Forward Senior
1980 Aguirre, MarkMark Aguirre DePaul Forward Sophomore
1981 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson* Virginia Center Sophomore
1982 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson* (2) Virginia Center Junior
1983 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson* (3) Virginia Center Senior
1984 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* North Carolina Guard Junior
1985 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing* Georgetown Center Senior
1986 Dawkins, JohnnyJohnny Dawkins Duke Guard Senior
1987 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* Navy Center Senior
1988 Manning, DannyDanny Manning Kansas Forward Senior
1989 Ferry, DannyDanny Ferry Duke Forward Senior
1990 Simmons, LionelLionel Simmons La Salle Forward Senior
1991 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson UNLV Forward Senior
1992 Laettner, ChristianChristian Laettner Duke Forward Senior
1993 Cheaney, CalbertCalbert Cheaney Indiana Guard Senior
1994 Robinson, GlennGlenn Robinson Purdue Forward Junior
1995 Smith, JoeJoe Smith Maryland Forward Sophomore
1996 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby Massachusetts Center Junior
1997 Duncan, TimTim Duncan Wake Forest Center Senior
1998 Jamison, AntawnAntawn Jamison North Carolina Forward Junior
1999 Brand, EltonElton Brand Duke Forward Sophomore
2000 Martin, KenyonKenyon Martin Cincinnati Forward Senior
2001 Battier, ShaneShane Battier Duke Forward Senior
2002 Williams, JayJay Williams Duke Guard Junior
2003 Ford, T. J.T. J. Ford Texas Guard Sophomore
2004 Nelson, JameerJameer Nelson Saint Joseph's Guard Senior
2005 Bogut, AndrewAndrew Bogut Utah Center Sophomore
2006 Redick, J. J.J. J. Redick Duke Guard Senior[3]
2007 Durant, KevinKevin Durant Texas Forward Freshman[4]
2008 Hansbrough, TylerTyler Hansbrough North Carolina Forward Junior[5]
2009 Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin Oklahoma Forward Sophomore[6]
2010 Turner, EvanEvan Turner Ohio State Guard Junior[7]
2011 Fredette, JimmerJimmer Fredette Brigham Young Guard Senior
2012 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis Kentucky Center Freshman
2013 Burke, TreyTrey Burke Michigan Guard Sophomore
2014 McDermott, DougDoug McDermott Creighton Forward Senior
2015 Kaminsky, FrankFrank Kaminsky Wisconsin Forward Senior
2016 Hield, BuddyBuddy Hield Oklahoma Guard Senior
2017 Mason III, FrankFrank Mason III Kansas Guard Senior [8]



Year Player College Position Class
1983 Donovan, AnneAnne Donovan*[9] Old Dominion Center Senior
1984 Miller, CherylCheryl Miller*[10] USC Forward/Center Sophomore
1985 Miller, CherylCheryl Miller* (2)[10] USC Forward/Center Junior
1986 Miller, CherylCheryl Miller* (3)[10] USC Forward/Center Senior
1987 Davis, ClarissaClarissa Davis[11] Texas Forward Sophomore
1988 Wicks, SueSue Wicks[12] Rutgers Forward Senior
1989 Davis, ClarissaClarissa Davis (2)[13] Texas Forward Senior
1990 Azzi, JenniferJennifer Azzi[14] Stanford Guard Senior
1991 Staley, DawnDawn Staley*[15] Virginia Point guard Junior
1992 Staley, DawnDawn Staley* (2)[15] Virginia Point guard Senior
1993 Swoopes, SherylSheryl Swoopes*[16] Texas Tech Guard/Forward Senior
1994 Leslie, LisaLisa Leslie*[17] USC Center Senior
1995 Lobo, RebeccaRebecca Lobo*[18] Connecticut Center Senior
1996 Roundtree, SaudiaSaudia Roundtree[19] Georgia Guard Junior
1997 Starbird, KateKate Starbird[20] Stanford Forward Senior
1998 Holdsclaw, ChamiqueChamique Holdsclaw[21] Tennessee Forward Junior
1999 Holdsclaw, ChamiqueChamique Holdsclaw (2)[21] Tennessee Forward Senior
2000 Catchings, TamikaTamika Catchings[22] Tennessee Forward Junior
2001 Riley, RuthRuth Riley[23] Notre Dame Center Senior
2002 Bird, SueSue Bird[24] Connecticut Guard Senior
2003 Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi[25] Connecticut Guard Junior
2004 Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi (2)[25] Connecticut Guard Senior
2005 Augustus, SeimoneSeimone Augustus[26] LSU Guard/Forward Junior
2006 Augustus, SeimoneSeimone Augustus (2)[26] LSU Guard/Forward Senior
2007 Harding, LindseyLindsey Harding[27] Duke Point guard Senior
2008 Parker, CandaceCandace Parker[28] Tennessee Forward Junior
2009 Moore, MayaMaya Moore[25] Connecticut Forward Sophomore
2010 Charles, TinaTina Charles[29] Connecticut Center Senior
2011 Moore, MayaMaya Moore (2)[25] Connecticut Forward Senior
2012 Griner, BrittneyBrittney Griner[30] Baylor Center Junior
2013 Griner, BrittneyBrittney Griner (2)[31] Baylor Center Senior
2014 Stewart, BreannaBreanna Stewart[25] Connecticut Forward Sophomore
2015 Stewart, BreannaBreanna Stewart (2)[25] Connecticut Forward Junior
2016 Stewart, BreannaBreanna Stewart (3)[25] Connecticut Forward Senior
2017 Plum, KelseyKelsey Plum Washington Point guard Senior

See also[edit]


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