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Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year

Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year
Awarded for the most outstanding NCAA Division I men's basketball player
Country United States
Presented by Sporting News magazine
First awarded 1943
Currently held by
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The Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the best men's basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. The award was first given following the 1942–43 season and is presented by Sporting News (formerly The Sporting News), an American–based sports magazine that was established in 1886.

No award winners were selected from 1947–49 and from 1952–57. Repeat winners of the Sporting News Player of the Year award are rare; as of 2015, it has occurred only six times in the award's 62 presentations. Of those six repeat winners, only Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati and Bill Walton of UCLA have been named the player of the year three times.

Despite not claiming any winners since the 1976–77 season, UCLA still has the most all-time with seven. Duke has the second most with six, while their in-state rival North Carolina has the third most with five winners.


Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Player of the Year award at that point


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Bill Walton was a three-time winner at UCLA
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Michael Jordan won the award in 1983 and 1984
Kevin Durant was the first freshman winner in the award's history
Season Player School Position Class
1942–43 Phillip, AndyAndy Phillip Illinois Guard / Forward Senior
1943–44 Hall, DaleDale Hall Army Forward Junior
1944–45 Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan DePaul Center Junior
1945–46 Kurland, BobBob Kurland Oklahoma A&M Center Senior
1947–49 No winners selected
1949–50 Arizin, PaulPaul Arizin Villanova Forward Senior
1950–51 White, ShermanSherman White Long Island Forward Senior
1952–57 No winners selected
1957–58 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson Cincinnati Point guard Sophomore
1958–59 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson (2) Cincinnati Point guard Junior
1959–60 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson (3) Cincinnati Point guard Senior
1960–61 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas Ohio State Forward / Center Junior
1961–62 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas (2) Ohio State Forward / Center Senior
1962–63 Heyman, ArtArt Heyman Duke Guard / Forward Senior
1963–64 Bradley, BillBill Bradley Princeton Small forward / Shooting guard Junior
1964–65 Bradley, BillBill Bradley (2) Princeton Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1965–66 Russell, CazzieCazzie Russell Michigan Shooting guard Senior
1966–67 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor[a] UCLA Center Sophomore
1967–68 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes Houston Forward / Center Senior
1968–69 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor[a] (2) UCLA Center Senior
1969–70 Maravich, PetePete Maravich LSU Guard Senior
1970–71 Wicks, SidneySidney Wicks UCLA Center Senior
1971–72 Walton, BillBill Walton UCLA Center Sophomore
1972–73 Walton, BillBill Walton (2) UCLA Center Junior
1973–74 Walton, BillBill Walton (3) UCLA Center Senior
1974–75 Thompson, DavidDavid Thompson NC State Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
1975–76 May, ScottScott May Indiana Forward Senior
1976–77 Johnson, MarquesMarques Johnson UCLA Guard / Forward Senior
1977–78 Ford, PhilPhil Ford North Carolina Point guard Senior
1978–79 Bird, LarryLarry Bird Indiana State Small forward Senior
1979–80 Griffith, DarrellDarrell Griffith Louisville Shooting guard Senior
1980–81 Aguirre, MarkMark Aguirre DePaul Small forward Junior
1981–82 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson Virginia Center Junior
1982–83 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan North Carolina Shooting guard Sophomore
1983–84 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan (2) North Carolina Shooting guard Junior
1984–85 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing Georgetown Center Senior
1985–86 Berry, WalterWalter Berry St. John's Power forward Senior
1986–87 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson Navy Center Senior
1987–88 Hawkins, HerseyHersey Hawkins Bradley Shooting guard Senior
1988–89 King, StaceyStacey King Oklahoma Center Senior
1989–90 Scott, DennisDennis Scott Georgia Tech Small forward Junior
1990–91 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson UNLV Power forward Senior
1991–92 Laettner, ChristianChristian Laettner Duke Forward Senior
1992–93 Cheaney, CalbertCalbert Cheaney Indiana Small forward Senior
1993–94 Robinson, GlennGlenn Robinson Purdue Small forward / Power forward Sophomore
1994–95 Respert, ShawnShawn Respert Michigan State Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby Massachusetts Center Junior
1996–97 Duncan, TimTim Duncan Wake Forest Center Senior
1997–98 Jamison, AntawnAntawn Jamison North Carolina Small forward Junior
1998–99 Brand, EltonElton Brand Duke Center Sophomore
1999–00 Martin, KenyonKenyon Martin Cincinnati Power forward Senior
2000–01 Battier, ShaneShane Battier Duke Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
2001–02 Williams, JasonJason Williams Duke Point guard Junior
2002–03 Ford, T. J.T. J. Ford Texas Point guard Sophomore
2003–04 Nelson, JameerJameer Nelson Saint Joseph's Point guard Senior
2004–05 Brown, DeeDee Brown Illinois Point guard Senior
2005–06 Redick, J. J.J. J. Redick Duke Shooting guard Senior
2006–07 Durant, KevinKevin Durant Texas Small forward Freshman
2007–08 Hansbrough, TylerTyler Hansbrough North Carolina Power forward Junior
2008–09 Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin Oklahoma Power forward Sophomore
2009–10 Turner, EvanEvan Turner Ohio State Small forward Junior
2010–11 Fredette, JimmerJimmer Fredette Brigham Young Point guard Senior
2011–12 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis Kentucky Center Freshman
2012–13 Oladipo, VictorVictor Oladipo Indiana Guard Junior
2013–14 McDermott, DougDoug McDermott Creighton Small forward Senior
2014–15 Kaminsky, FrankFrank Kaminsky Wisconsin Power forward Senior

Winners by school

School Winners Years
UCLA 7 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977
Duke 6 1963, 1992, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006
North Carolina 5 1978, 1983, 1984, 1998, 2008
Cincinnati 4 1958, 1959, 1960, 2000
Indiana 3 1976, 1993, 2013
Ohio State 3 1961, 1962, 2010
DePaul 2 1945, 1981
Illinois 2 1943, 2005
Oklahoma 2 1989, 2009
Princeton 2 1964, 1965
Texas 2 2003, 2007
Army 1 1944
Bradley 1 1988
Brigham Young 1 2011
Creighton 1 2014
Georgetown 1 1985
Georgia Tech 1 1990
Houston 1 1968
Indiana State 1 1979
Kentucky 1 2012
Long Island 1 1951
Louisville 1 1980
LSU 1 1970
Massachusetts 1 1996
Michigan 1 1966
Michigan State 1 1995
Navy 1 1987
N.C. State 1 1975
Oklahoma State 1 1946
Purdue 1 1994
Saint Joseph's 1 2004
St. John's 1 1986
UNLV 1 1991
Villanova 1 1950
Virginia 1 1982
Wake Forest 1 1997
Wisconsin 1 2015


  • a Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971 after converting to Islam.[1][2]

See also


  1. ^ Associated Press (4 June 1971). "Call Me 'Kareem' says Lew Alcindor" (GOOGLE NEWS ARCHIVE). The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "'Big O' Completes Bucks' Championship Run". NBA Encyclopedia Playoff Edition. National Basketball Association. 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.