Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Given for the most outstanding basketball player in the Pac-12 Conference
Country United States
First award 1976
Most recent Deandre Ayton, Arizona

The Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Pac-12 Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1975–76 season, when the conference was known as the Pacific-8, and is determined by voting from the Pac-12 media and coaches. There have been two players honored multiple times: David Greenwood of UCLA and Sean Elliott of Arizona. Three freshmen have also won the award: Shareef Abdur-Rahim of California, Kevin Love of UCLA and Deandre Ayton of Arizona.

The only current Pac-12 member without a winner is one of the two newest members, Colorado. Between the arrival of Arizona and Arizona State in 1978 and the entry of Colorado and Utah in 2011, the conference was known as the Pacific–10.


Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year (1904–05 to 1978–79)
UPI College Basketball Player of the Year (1954–55 to 1995–96)
Naismith College Player of the Year (1968–69 to present)
John R. Wooden Award (1976–77 to present)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Pac-12 Player of the Year award at that point


UCLA's Marques Johnson also won numerous national Player of the Year honors in 1977.
California's Jason Kidd won as a sophomore in 1993–94.
Eddie House was the first player to ever win from Arizona State (1999–00).
UCLA's Kevin Love was named Player of the Year as a freshman.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1975–76 Lee, RonRon Lee Oregon Point guard/Shooting guard Senior
1976–77 Johnson, MarquesMarques Johnson* UCLA Power forward Senior
1977–78 Greenwood, DavidDavid Greenwood UCLA Power forward Junior
1978–79 Greenwood, DavidDavid Greenwood (2) UCLA Power forward Senior
1979–80 Collins, DonDon Collins Washington State Small forward Senior
1980–81 Johnson, SteveSteve Johnson Oregon State Center Senior
1981–82 Conner, LesterLester Conner Oregon State Point guard Senior
1982–83 Fields, KennyKenny Fields UCLA Small forward Junior
1983–84 Green, A. C.A. C. Green Oregon State Power forward Junior
1984–85 Carlander, WayneWayne Carlander USC Power forward Senior
1985–86 Welp, ChristianChristian Welp Washington Center Junior
1986–87 Ortiz, JoséJosé Ortiz Oregon State Center Senior
1987–88 Elliott, SeanSean Elliott Arizona Small forward Junior
1988–89 Elliott, SeanSean Elliott* (2) Arizona Small forward Senior
1989–90 Payton, GaryGary Payton Oregon State Point guard Senior
1990–91 Brandon, TerrellTerrell Brandon Oregon Point guard Junior
1991–92 Miner, HaroldHarold Miner USC Shooting guard Junior
1992–93 Mills, ChrisChris Mills Arizona Small forward Senior
1993–94 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd California Point guard Sophomore
1994–95 O'Bannon, EdEd O'Bannon* UCLA Small forward Senior
Stoudamire, DamonDamon Stoudamire Arizona Point guard Senior
1995–96 Abdur-Rahim, ShareefShareef Abdur-Rahim California Power forward Freshman
1996–97 Gray, EdEd Gray California Shooting guard Senior
1997–98 Bibby, MikeMike Bibby Arizona Point guard Sophomore
1998–99 Terry, JasonJason Terry Arizona Point guard Senior
1999–00 House, EddieEddie House Arizona State Shooting guard Senior
2000–01 Lampley, SeanSean Lampley California Power forward Senior
2001–02 Clancy, SamSam Clancy USC Power forward Senior
2002–03 Ridnour, LukeLuke Ridnour Oregon Point guard Junior
2003–04 Childress, JoshJosh Childress Stanford Shooting guard/Small forward Junior
2004–05 Diogu, IkeIke Diogu Arizona State Power forward/Center Junior
2005–06 Roy, BrandonBrandon Roy Washington Shooting guard Senior
2006–07 Afflalo, ArronArron Afflalo UCLA Shooting guard Junior
2007–08 Love, KevinKevin Love UCLA Power forward Freshman
2008–09 Harden, JamesJames Harden Arizona State Shooting guard Sophomore
2009–10 Randle, JeromeJerome Randle California Point guard Senior
2010–11 Williams, DerrickDerrick Williams Arizona Small forward/Power forward Sophomore [1]
2011–12 Gutierrez, JorgeJorge Gutierrez California Point guard Senior [2]
2012–13 Crabbe, AllenAllen Crabbe California Shooting guard Junior [3]
2013–14 Johnson, NickNick Johnson Arizona Point guard/Shooting guard Junior [4]
2014–15 Young, JosephJoseph Young Oregon Point guard Senior [5]
2015–16 PoeltlJakob Pöltl Utah Center Sophomore [6]
2016–17 Brooks, DillonDillon Brooks Oregon Small forward Junior [7]
2017–18 Ayton, DeandreDeandre Ayton Arizona Power Forward/Center Freshman [8]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined)a Winners Years
Arizona (1978) 9 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2011, 2014, 2018
California (1959) 7 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2010, 2012, 2013
UCLA (1959) 7 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2008
Oregon (1964) 5 1976, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2017
Oregon State (1964) 5 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1990
Arizona State (1978) 3 2000, 2005, 2009
USC (1959) 3 1985, 1992, 2002
Washington (1959) 2 1986, 2006
Stanford (1959) 1 2004
Utah (2011) 1 2016
Washington State (1962) 1 1980
Colorado (2011) 0


  • a For purposes of this table, the "year joined" reflects the year that each team joined the conference now known as the Pac-12 as currently chartered. Although the Pac-12 claims the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), founded in 1915, as part of its own history, that conference disbanded in 1959 due to infighting and scandal. That same year, five PCC members established the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) under a new charter that functions to this day. The Player of the Year Award was not established until 1976, by which time all of the final members of the PCC except for Idaho were reunited in what was then the Pac-8.

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