Summit League Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Summit League Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Given formost outstanding basketball player in The Summit League
CountryUnited States
First award1983
Most recentMike Daum, South Dakota State

Summit League Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual college basketball award given to the most outstanding men's basketball player in the Summit League (which had been known as the Mid-Continent Conference up until June 1, 2007). The award was first given following the 1982–83 season. Only one player—Caleb Green of Oral Roberts—has won the award three times (2005–07). Five other players have won the award twice: Jon Collins of Eastern Illinois, Tony Bennett of Wisconsin–Green Bay, Bryce Drew of Valparaiso, Keith Benson of Oakland and Mike Daum of South Dakota State.

Oral Roberts and Valparaiso have the most winners. Valparaiso has not been a conference member since 2007. Oral Roberts rejoined the Summit in 2014 after spending two seasons in the Southland Conference. Oakland has had three winners, but left after the 2012–13 season to join the Horizon League. Of current conference members, North Dakota, Omaha, and South Dakota have had no winners. However, these schools are among the conference's newer members, with South Dakota having joined in 2011 and Omaha in 2012, and North Dakota playing its first conference season in 2018–19.


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 Summit League Player of the Year award at that point


Luboš Bartoň won in 2002 while at Valparaiso.
Two-time winner Oakland's Keith Benson also took home the 2010 Lou Henson Award.
Season Player School Position Class
1982–83 Joe Dykstra Western Illinois Small forward Senior
1983–84 Craig Lathen UIC Point guard Junior
1984–85 Jon Collins Eastern Illinois Small forward Junior
1985–86 Jon Collins (2) Eastern Illinois Small forward Senior
1986–87 Winston Garland Missouri State Point guard Senior
1987–88 Ken McFadden Cleveland State Guard Junior
1988–89 Jay Taylor Eastern Illinois Shooting guard Senior
1989–90 Lee Campbell Missouri State Forward Senior
1990–91 Tony Bennett Wisconsin–Green Bay Point guard Junior
1991–92 Tony Bennett (2) Wisconsin–Green Bay Point guard Senior
1992–93 Bill Edwards Wright State Small forward Senior
1993–94 Kenny Williams UIC Point guard Senior
1994–95 David Redmon Valparaiso Guard Senior
1995–96 Anthony Allison Valparaiso Small forward Senior
1996–97 Bryce Drew Valparaiso Point guard Junior
1997–98 Bryce Drew (2) Valparaiso Point guard Senior
1998–99 Chad Wilkerson Oral Roberts Small forward/Power forward Junior
1999–00 Michael Jackson UMKC Center Sophomore
2000–01 Jeff Monaco Southern Utah Point guard Senior
2001–02 Luboš Bartoň Valparaiso Power forward Senior
2002–03 Mike Helms Oakland Guard Junior
2003–04 Odell Bradley IUPUI Small forward / Shooting guard Sophomore
2004–05 Caleb Green Oral Roberts Power forward Sophomore
2005–06 Caleb Green (2) Oral Roberts Power forward Junior
2006–07 Caleb Green (3) Oral Roberts Power forward Senior
2007–08 George Hill IUPUI Point guard/Shooting guard Junior
2008–09 Ben Woodside North Dakota State Point guard Senior
2009–10 Keith Benson Oakland Center Junior
2010–11 Keith Benson (2) Oakland Center Senior
2011–12 Dominique Morrison Oral Roberts Small forward Senior
2012–13 Nate Wolters South Dakota State Point guard Senior
2013–14 Taylor Braun North Dakota State Point guard Senior
2014–15 Lawrence Alexander North Dakota State Shooting guard Senior
2015–16 Max Landis IPFW Shooting guard Senior
2016–17 Mike Daum[1] South Dakota State Power forward Sophomore
2017–18 Mike Daum (2)[2] South Dakota State Power forward Junior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Oral Roberts (1997, 2014)[a 1] 5 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
Valparaiso (1982)[a 2] 5 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002
Eastern Illinois (1982)[a 3] 3 1985, 1986, 1989
North Dakota State (2007) 3 2009, 2014, 2015
Oakland (1998)[a 4] 3 2003, 2010, 2011
South Dakota State (2007) 3 2013, 2017, 2018
Green Bay (1982)[a 5] 2 1991, 1992
IUPUI (1998)[a 6] 2 2004, 2008
Missouri State (1982)[a 7] 2 1987, 1990
UIC (1982)[a 5] 2 1984, 1994
Cleveland State (1982)[a 5] 1 1988
Purdue Fort Wayne (2007)[a 8] 1 2016
Southern Utah (1997)[a 9] 1 2001
UMKC (1994)[a 10] 1 2000
Western Illinois (1982) 1 1983
Wright State (1991)[a 5] 1 1993
Centenary (2003)[a 11] 0
Denver (2013) 0
North Dakota (2018)[a 12] 0
Omaha (2012) 0
South Dakota (2011) 0


  1. ^ Oral Roberts left in 2012 for the Southland Conference and rejoined The Summit League in 2014.
  2. ^ Valparaiso left in 2007 for the Horizon League.
  3. ^ Eastern Illinois left in 1996 for the Ohio Valley Conference.
  4. ^ Oakland left in 2013 for the Horizon League.
  5. ^ a b c d Illinois–Chicago (UIC), Wisconsin-Green Bay (Green Bay), Cleveland State, and Wright State left in 1994 for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now known as the Horizon League.
  6. ^ IUPUI left in 2017 for the Horizon League.
  7. ^ Missouri State left in 1990 for the Missouri Valley Conference.
  8. ^ Purdue Fort Wayne inherited its athletic program from the former Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), which was dissolved after the 2017–18 season with the creation of separate Indiana University and Purdue University-affiliated institutions.
  9. ^ Southern Utah left in 2012 for the Big Sky Conference.
  10. ^ UMKC left in 2013 for the Western Athletic Conference.
  11. ^ Centenary left in 2011 to begin a transition to NCAA Division III.
  12. ^ North Dakota joins the Summit effective with the 2018–19 season.


  • "The Summit League Men's Basketball History → Year-by-Year Award Winners" (PDF). The Summit League. p. 83. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  1. ^ "South Dakota State's Daum Named #SummitMBB Player of the Year" (Press release). The Summit League. March 2, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "South Dakota State's Daum Claims Second Straight #SummitMBB Player of the Year Award" (Press release). Summit League. February 28, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.