Southern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Southern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Award details
Given for the most outstanding basketball player in the Southern Conference
Country United States
History
First award 1952
Most recent Devin Sibley, Furman

The Southern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Southern Conference's (SoCon) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1951–52 season. Fred Hetzel of Davidson is the only player to have won the award three times (1963–65). Fifteen other players have won the award twice, most recently done by De'Mon Brooks of Davidson (2012, 2014).

As of 2017, Davidson has the most all-time winners with 13, but it left the SoCon after the 2013–14 season to join the Atlantic 10 Conference. Among current members, Furman leads with 12 winners. There have also been eight ties in the award's history, but only one (1970–71 season) which occurred prior to the 1989–90 season. That season was the first for two separate Player of the Year awards—one by the Southern Conference men's basketball coaches, and the other by conference media members. When both the coaches and media select the same player, he is the consensus conference player of the year.

The only current members that have never had a winner are Samford and Mercer. Both are among the SoCon's newer members, having respectively joined in 2008 and 2014.

Key[edit]

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)
C SoCon coaches' selection (1990–present)
M SoCon media's selection (1990–present)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the SoCon Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Jeff Cohen won in 1961 while at William & Mary.
Jerry West won back-to-back awards in 1959 and 1960 while playing for West Virginia.
Kyle Hines is the only player from UNC Greensboro to win.
Stephen Curry won the award in 2008 and 2009 while at Davidson.
In 2011, Andrew Goudelock won while at the College of Charleston.
Season Player School Position Class
1951–52 Groat, DickDick Groat Duke Guard Senior
1952–53 Selvy, FrankFrank Selvy Furman Shooting guard Junior
1953–54 Selvy, FrankFrank Selvy (2) Furman Shooting guard Senior
1954–55 Floyd, DarrellDarrell Floyd Furman Guard Junior
1955–56 Floyd, DarrellDarrell Floyd (2) Furman Guard Senior
1956–57 Hundley, RodRod Hundley West Virginia Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1957–58 Flora, DomDom Flora Washington and Lee Point guard Senior
1958–59 West, JerryJerry West West Virginia Guard Junior
1959–60 West, JerryJerry West (2) West Virginia Guard Senior
1960–61 Cohen, JeffJeff Cohen William & Mary Center Senior
1961–62 Thorn, RodRod Thorn West Virginia Point guard / Shooting guard Junior
1962–63 Hetzel, FredFred Hetzel Davidson Center / Power forward Sophomore
1963–64 Hetzel, FredFred Hetzel (2) Davidson Center / Power forward Junior
1964–65 Hetzel, FredFred Hetzel (3) Davidson Center / Power forward Senior
1965–66 Snyder, DickDick Snyder Davidson Shooting guard Senior
1966–67 Moates, JohnnyJohnny Moates Richmond Guard Senior
1967–68 Williams, RonRon Williams West Virginia Guard Senior
1968–69 Maloy, MikeMike Maloy Davidson Center Junior
1969–70 Maloy, MikeMike Maloy (2) Davidson Center Senior
1970–71 Gregory, JimJim Gregory East Carolina Forward Senior
1970–71 Jasper, TomTom Jasper William & Mary Forward Senior
1971–72 Hunt, RussRuss Hunt Furman Center Junior
1972–73 Stewart, AronAron Stewart Richmond Small forward / Shooting guard Junior
1973–74 Mayes, ClydeClyde Mayes Furman Power forward Junior
1974–75 Mayes, ClydeClyde Mayes (2) Furman Power forward Senior
1975–76 McKeever, RodneyRodney McKeever The Citadel Point guard Junior
1976–77 Carter, RonRon Carter VMI Shooting guard / Point guard Junior
1977–78 Carter, RonRon Carter (2) VMI Shooting guard / Point guard Senior
1978–79 Moore, JonathanJonathan Moore Furman Forward Junior
1979–80 Moore, JonathanJonathan Moore (2) Furman Forward Senior
1980–81 Payton, CharlesCharles Payton Appalachian State Forward Junior
1981–82 White, WillieWillie White Chattanooga Shooting guard Sophomore
1982–83 Mikell, Troy LeeTroy Lee Mikell East Tennessee State Shooting guard Senior
1983–84 Truesdale, ReganRegan Truesdale The Citadel Power forward / Center Junior
1984–85 Truesdale, ReganRegan Truesdale (2) The Citadel Power forward / Center Senior
1985–86 Elmore, GayGay Elmore VMI Small forward Junior
1986–87 Elmore, GayGay Elmore (2) VMI Small forward Senior
1987–88 Henderson, SkipSkip Henderson Marshall Point guard Senior
1988–89 Taft, JohnJohn Taft Marshall Point guard Sophomore
1989–90 Jennings, KeithKeith JenningsC East Tennessee State Point guard Junior
1989–90 Taft, JohnJohn TaftM (2) Marshall Point guard Junior
1990–91 Jennings, KeithKeith Jennings (2) East Tennessee State Point guard Senior
1991–92 Boyd, TerryTerry BoydM Western Carolina Guard Senior
1991–92 Nelson, KeithKeith NelsonC Chattanooga Center Senior
1992–93 Brooks, TimTim Brooks Chattanooga Point guard Senior
1993–94 Copeland, ChadChad CopelandC Chattanooga Point guard Senior
1993–94 King, FrankieFrankie KingM Western Carolina Shooting guard / Point guard Junior
1994–95 King, FrankieFrankie King (2) Western Carolina Shooting guard / Point guard Senior
1995–96 McCollum, AnquellAnquell McCollum Western Carolina Shooting guard Senior
1996–97 Taylor, JohnnyJohnny Taylor Chattanooga Small forward Senior
1997–98 Phillips, BobbyBobby PhillipsC Western Carolina Small forward Senior
1997–98 Vincent, ChuckChuck VincentM Furman Power forward / Center Senior
1998–99 Webber, SedricSedric Webber College of Charleston Forward Senior
1999–00 Patterson, TysonTyson Patterson Appalachian State Point guard Senior
2000–01 Lumpkin, JodyJody Lumpkin College of Charleston Center Senior
2001–02 Childress, DimecoDimeco ChildressC East Tennessee State Shooting guard Senior
2001–02 Conley, JasonJason ConleyM VMI Shooting guard / Small forward Freshman
2002–03 Wheless, TroyTroy Wheless College of Charleston Shooting guard Senior
2003–04 Wadood, ZakeeZakee Wadood East Tennessee State Small forward Senior
2004–05 Winters, BrendanBrendan Winters Davidson Shooting guard Junior
2005–06 Nesbitt, EltonElton Nesbitt Georgia Southern Point guard Senior
2006–07 Hines, KyleKyle Hines UNC Greensboro Power forward Junior
2007–08 Curry, StephenStephen Curry Davidson Shooting guard / Point guard Sophomore
2008–09 Curry, StephenStephen Curry (2) Davidson Shooting guard / Point guard Junior
2009–10 Dahlman, NoahNoah DahlmanC Wofford Forward Junior
2009–10 Sims, DonaldDonald SimsM Appalachian State Point guard Junior
2010–11 Goudelock, AndrewAndrew Goudelock College of Charleston Shooting guard / Point guard Senior
2011–12 Brooks, De'MonDe'Mon BrooksC Davidson Small forward Sophomore
2011–12 Cohen, JakeJake CohenM Davidson Power forward Junior
2012–13 Cohen, JakeJake Cohen (2) Davidson Power forward Senior
2013–14 Brooks, De'MonDe'Mon Brooks (2) Davidson Small forward Senior
2014–15 Cochran, KarlKarl Cochran Wofford Shooting guard Senior
2015–16 Croone, StephenStephen Croone Furman Shooting guard Senior
2016–17 Sibley, DevinDevin Sibley Furman Shooting guard Junior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Davidson (1936)[a 1] 13 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012 (×2),[a 2] 2013, 2014
Furman (1936) 12 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1998, 2016, 2017
Chattanooga (1976) 5 1982, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997
East Tennessee State (1978, 2014)[a 3] 5 1983, 1990, 1991, 2002, 2004
VMI (1924, 2014)[a 4] 5 1977, 1978, 1986, 1987, 2002
West Virginia (1950)[a 5] 5 1957, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1968
Western Carolina (1976) 5 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998
College of Charleston (1998)[a 6] 4 1999, 2001, 2003, 2011
Appalachian State (1971)[a 7] 3 1981, 2000, 2010
The Citadel (1936) 3 1976, 1984, 1985
Marshall (1976)[a 8] 3 1988, 1989, 1990
Richmond (1936)[a 9] 2 1967, 1973
William & Mary (1936)[a 10] 2 1961, 1971
Wofford (1997) 2 2010, 2015
Duke (1928)[a 11] 1 1952
East Carolina (1964)[a 12] 1 1971
Georgia Southern (1991)[a 7] 1 2006
UNC Greensboro (1997) 1 2007
Washington and Lee (1921)[a 13] 1 1958
Elon (2003)[a 14] 0
Mercer (2014) 0
Samford (2008) 0

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Davidson College left in 2014 to join the Atlantic 10 Conference (A10).
  2. ^ In 2011–12, Davidson had both co-players of the year, so each of them are counted when it comes to total awardees.
  3. ^ East Tennessee State University left in 2005 to join the Atlantic Sun Conference and returned in 2014..
  4. ^ Virginia Military Institute left in 2003 to join the Big South Conference and returned in 2014.
  5. ^ West Virginia University left in 1968 to become an independent. The Mountaineers are now in the Big 12 Conference.
  6. ^ The College of Charleston left in 2013 to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
  7. ^ a b Appalachian State University and Georgia Southern University left in 2014 to join the Sun Belt Conference.
  8. ^ Marshall University left in 1997 to join the Mid-American Conference. The Thundering Herd are now in Conference USA (C-USA).
  9. ^ The University of Richmond left in 1976 to become an independent. The Spiders are now in the A10.
  10. ^ The College of William & Mary left in 1977 to join the ECAC. When the ECAC split its basketball section into multiple conferences in 1982, William & Mary became a charter member of the ECAC South basketball league. The Tribe remain in the conference, which is now the CAA.
  11. ^ Duke University left in 1953 to become a charter member of the ACC.
  12. ^ East Carolina University left in 1976 to become an independent. The Pirates are now in the American Athletic Conference.
  13. ^ Washington and Lee University left in 1958. They are now in the Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
  14. ^ Elon University left in 2014 to join the CAA.

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