|Awarded for||the most outstanding NCAA men's basketball players in all levels of competition|
|Presented by|| NABC |
State Farm Insurance
|Most recent|| NCAA Division I: Zach Edey, Purdue |
NCAA Division II: RJ Sunahara, Nova Southeastern
NCAA Division III: Tyson Cruickshank, Wheaton
NAIA: Mason Walters, Jamestown
The NABC Player of the Year is an award given annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to recognize the top player in men's college basketball. The award has been given since the 1974–75 season to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball players. The association added awards for Division II and Division III players in 1983, and for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and junior college players in 2008. The awards have previously been sponsored by State Farm Insurance.
In Division I, Duke has the most all-time awards with six and the most separate recipients with five. Their rival, North Carolina, as well as Kansas are tied for second in both awards and individual recipients, with four each. There have been three ties for NABC Player of the Year (2002, 2004, 2006), and only two players have won the award multiple times (Jason Williams and Ralph Sampson, with only Sampson having been the sole winner of two awards).
In Division II, Virginia Union leads for most awards with four and individual recipients with three. It is followed by Florida Southern, Kentucky Wesleyan, Metro State, Northwest Missouri State, and Winona State with three awards each. Among these schools, Northwest Missouri and Winona State each have one two-time recipient. Only one tie has occurred (2006), while four players have won the award more than once (Stan Gouard, Earl Jones, John Smith, and Trevor Hudgins).
In Division III, three programs are tied for the most awards—Amherst, Cabrini, and Potsdam State. Each has had one two-time recipient. Four other programs have had two recipients—Calvin, Guilford, Otterbein, and Wittenberg. There have been two ties (2007, 2010) and four repeat winners (Leroy Witherspoon, Andrew Olson, Aaron Walton-Moss and Joey Flannery).
At the NAIA level, the NABC presented a single award in the 2007–08 season, even though the NAIA had held separate Division I and Division II national championships since 1992. The following season, the NABC began presenting separate awards in Divisions I and II, and continued to do so through the 2019–20 season. After that season, the NAIA eliminated its basketball divisions, returning to a single championship for all members, and the NABC accordingly returned to a presenting a single NAIA award. During the divisional era, Division I member Georgetown (KY) received the most awards and had the most individual recipients, with three each. The only player to have won more than one Division I award is Dominique Rambo of SAGU, who shared the 2013 award and was sole recipient in 2014. The only other school with more than one D-I recipient is Oklahoma Baptist with two. The only player with more than one Division II award is Dominez Burnett, who received two awards with Davenport. Two other programs, Northwood (FL) (now Keiser) and Oklahoma Wesleyan, had two D-II recipients. One other player received the award in both the divisional and non-divisional eras: Kyle Mangas of Indiana Wesleyan received the final Division II award in 2020 and the single award in 2021.
In junior college, every winner has been a sophomore and had gone on to play at an NCAA Division I school after their community college careers ended until 2020. Jay Scrubb, that year's winner, hired an agent and declared for the 2020 NBA draft, thereby forgoing his remaining collegiate eligibility. He had committed to Louisville prior to renouncing that decision to enter the NBA draft pool.
|†||Co-Players of the Year|
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player has received the Player of the Year award|
|School (X)||Denotes the number of times a player from that school has been given the Player of the Year award|
|1974–75||David Thompson||NC State||North Carolina||SG / SF||Senior|
|1976–77||Marques Johnson||UCLA||California||G / F||Senior|
|1977–78||Phil Ford||North Carolina||North Carolina||PG||Senior|
|1978–79||Larry Bird||Indiana State||Indiana||SF||Senior|
|1979–80||Michael Brooks||La Salle||Pennsylvania||F||Senior|
|1980–81||Danny Ainge||Brigham Young||Utah||SG||Senior|
|1982–83||Ralph Sampson (2)||Virginia (2)||Virginia||C||Senior|
|1983–84||Michael Jordan||North Carolina (2)||North Carolina||SG||Junior|
|1984–85||Patrick Ewing||Georgetown||Washington, D.C.||C||Senior|
|1985–86||Walter Berry||St. John's||New York||PF||Senior|
|1989–90||Lionel Simmons||La Salle (2)||Pennsylvania||SF||Senior|
|1991–92||Christian Laettner||Duke||North Carolina||F||Senior|
|1992–93||Calbert Cheaney||Indiana (2)||Indiana||SF||Senior|
|1993–94||Glenn Robinson||Purdue||Indiana||SF / PF||Sophomore|
|1994–95||Shawn Respert||Michigan State||Michigan||SG||Senior|
|1996–97||Tim Duncan||Wake Forest||North Carolina||C||Senior|
|1997–98||Antawn Jamison||North Carolina (3)||North Carolina||SF||Junior|
|1998–99||Elton Brand||Duke (2)||North Carolina||C||Sophomore|
|2000–01||Jay Williams||Duke (3)||North Carolina||PG||Sophomore|
|2001–02 †||Drew Gooden||Kansas (2)||Kansas||C||Junior|
|Jay Williams (2)||Duke (4)||North Carolina||PG||Junior|
|2002–03||Nick Collison||Kansas (3)||Kansas||PF||Senior|
|2003–04 †||Jameer Nelson||Saint Joseph's||Pennsylvania||PG||Senior|
|2005–06 †||Adam Morrison||Gonzaga||Washington||SF||Junior|
|JJ Redick||Duke (5)||North Carolina||SG||Senior|
|2007–08||Tyler Hansbrough||North Carolina (4)||North Carolina||PF||Junior|
|2009–10||Evan Turner||Ohio State||Ohio||SF||Junior|
|2010–11||Jimmer Fredette||Brigham Young (2)||Utah||PG||Senior|
|2011–12||Draymond Green||Michigan State (2)||Michigan||PF||Senior|
|2014–15||Frank Kaminsky||Wisconsin||Wisconsin||PF / C||Senior|
|2015–16||Denzel Valentine||Michigan State (3)||Michigan||SG||Senior|
|2016–17||Frank Mason III||Kansas (4)||Kansas||PG||Senior|
|2018–19||Zion Williamson||Duke (6)||North Carolina||SF / PF||Freshman|
|1982–83||Earl Jones||District of Columbia||Washington, D.C.||C||Junior|
|1983–84||Earl Jones (2)||District of Columbia (2)||Washington, D.C.||C||Senior|
|1984–85||Charles Oakley||Virginia Union||Virginia||PF||Senior|
|1986–87||Ralph Tally||Norfolk State||Virginia||PG||Senior|
|1987–88||Jerry Johnson||Florida Southern||Florida||PG||Senior|
|1988–89||Kris Kearney||Florida Southern (2)||Florida||F||Senior|
|1989–90||A. J. English||Virginia Union (2)||Virginia||SG||Senior|
|1990–91||Corey Crowder||Kentucky Wesleyan||Kentucky||SF / SG||Senior|
|1991–92||Eric Manuel||Oklahoma City||Oklahoma||SF||Senior|
|1992–93||Alex Wright||Central Oklahoma||Oklahoma||SG||Senior|
|1993–94||Derrick Johnson||Virginia Union (3)||Virginia||C / PF||Senior|
|1994–95||Stan Gouard||Southern Indiana||Indiana||G||Junior|
|1995–96||Stan Gouard (2)||Southern Indiana (2)||Indiana||G||Senior|
|1996–97||Kebu Stewart||Cal State Bakersfield||California||PF||Senior|
|1997–98||Joe Newton||Central Oklahoma (2)||Oklahoma||PG / SG||Senior|
|1998–99||Antonio García||Kentucky Wesleyan (2)||Kentucky||F||Senior|
|1999–00||Ajumu Gaines||Charleston||West Virginia||PG||Senior|
|2001–02||Ronald Murray||Shaw||North Carolina||SG / PG||Senior|
|2002–03||Marlon Parmer||Kentucky Wesleyan (3)||Kentucky||PG||Senior|
|2003–04||Elad Inbar||UMass Lowell||Massachusetts||F||Senior|
|2004–05||Mark Worthington||Metro State||Colorado||F||Senior|
|2005–06†||Darius Hargrove||Virginia Union (4)||Virginia||SG / SF||Senior|
|Turner Trofholz||South Dakota||South Dakota||PF||Senior|
|2006–07||John Smith||Winona State||Minnesota||C||Junior|
|2007–08||John Smith (2)||Winona State (2)||Minnesota||C||Senior|
|2010–11||Darryl Webb||Indiana (PA)||Pennsylvania||F||Senior|
|2012–13||Clayton Vette||Winona State (3)||Minnesota||PF||Senior|
|2013–14||Brandon Jefferson||Metro State (2)||Colorado||PG||Senior|
|2014–15||Mitch McCarron||Metro State (3)||Colorado||SG||Senior|
|2015–16||Dan Jansen||Augustana||South Dakota||PF||Senior|
|2016–17||Justin Pitts||Northwest Missouri State||Missouri||PG||Junior|
|2017–18||Zach Hankins||Ferris State||Michigan||C||Junior|
|2018–19||Daulton Hommes||Point Loma Nazarene||California||G||Junior|
|2019–20||Brett Hanson||Florida Southern (3)||Florida||G||Senior|
|2020–21||Trevor Hudgins||Northwest Missouri State (2)||Missouri||G||Junior|
|2021–22||Trevor Hudgins (2)||Northwest Missouri State (3)||Missouri||G||Senior|
|2022–23||RJ Sunahara||Nova Southeastern||Florida||F||Junior|
|1982–83||Leroy Witherspoon||Potsdam State||New York||PG||Junior|
|1983–84||Leroy Witherspoon (2)||Potsdam State (2)||New York||PG||Senior|
|1986–87||Brendan Mitchell||Potsdam State (3)||New York||SF||Senior|
|1987–88||Scott Tedder||Ohio Wesleyan||Ohio||SF / SG||Senior|
|1988–89||Greg Grant||Trenton State||New Jersey||PG||Senior|
|1990–91||Brad Baldridge||Wittenberg (2)||Ohio||C||Senior|
|1991–92||Andre Foreman||Salisbury State||Maryland||PF||Senior|
|1993–94||Scott Fitch||SUNY Geneseo||New York||G||Senior|
|1994–95||D'Artis Jones||Ohio Northern||Ohio||SG||Senior|
|1996–97||Bryan Crabtree||Illinois Wesleyan||Illinois||SF||Senior|
|1998–99||Merrill Brunson||Wisconsin–Platteville||Wisconsin||PG / SG||Junior|
|1999–00||Aaron Winkle||Calvin (2)||Michigan||PF||Senior|
|2000–01||Horace Jenkins||William Paterson||New Jersey||PG||Senior|
|2001–02||Jeff Gibbs||Otterbein (2)||Ohio||F||Senior|
|2003–04||Richard Melzer||Wisconsin–River Falls||Wisconsin||F||Senior|
|2004–05||Jason Kalsow||Wisconsin–Stevens Point||Wisconsin||PF||Junior|
|2005–06||Brandon Adair||Virginia Wesleyan||Virginia||SF||Junior|
|Ben Strong||Guilford||North Carolina||C||Junior|
|2007–08||Andrew Olson (2)||Amherst (2)||Massachusetts||PG||Senior|
|2009–10||Tyler Sanborn||Guilford (2)||North Carolina||C||Senior|
|2012–13||Aaron Toomey||Amherst (3)||Massachusetts||PG||Junior|
|2014–15||Aaron Walton-Moss (2)||Cabrini (2)||Pennsylvania||PG||Senior|
|2016–17||Joey Flannery (2)||Babson (2)||Massachusetts||PG||Senior|
|2017–18||Tyheim Monroe||Cabrini (3)||Pennsylvania||PF||Senior|
|2020–21||Not presented; no D-III championship was held due to COVID-19 disruptions|
|2021–22||Ryan Turell||Yeshiva||New York||SG||Senior|
In 2008–09, the NABC began presenting separate awards for players of the year in NAIA Divisions I and II. In 2020–21, the NAIA removed its divisional classifications.
|2007–08||Ryan Fiegi||Oregon Tech||Oregon||G||Senior|
|2020–21||Kyle Mangas (2)||Indiana Wesleyan (2)||Indiana||G||Senior|
|2022–23||Mason Walters||Jamestown||North Dakota||F||Senior|
Since community college players only attend for two years, these players are only either freshmen or sophomores. Afterwards, they move on to a four-year university to finish their last two seasons of NCAA eligibility. The University column reflects which team these players would play for following their junior college careers.
|2007–08||Jeremie Simmons||Mott||Michigan||G||Sophomore||Ohio State|
|2008–09||Nafis Ricks||Johnson County||Kansas||G||Sophomore||Missouri State|
|2010–11||Kiel Turpin||Lincoln||Illinois||C||Sophomore||Florida State|
|2011–12||Cleanthony Early||SUNY Sullivan||New York||PF||Sophomore||Wichita State|
|2012–13||Chris Jones||Northwest Florida State||Florida||G||Sophomore||Louisville|
|2014–15||Brandon Brown||Phoenix||Arizona||G||Sophomore||Loyola Marymount|
|2016–17||Shakur Juiston||Hutchinson (2)||Kansas||F||Sophomore||UNLV|
|2017–18||Charles Jones Jr.||College of Southern Idaho||Idaho||G||Sophomore||Utah|
|2018–19||Chris Duarte||Northwest Florida State (2)||Florida||G||Sophomore||Oregon (2)|
|2019–20||Jay Scrubb||John A. Logan||Illinois||G||Sophomore||None [n 1]|
|2020–21||Malevy Leons||Mineral Area College||Missouri||F||Sophomore||Bradley|
|2021–22||Damarco Minor||South Suburban College||Illinois||G||Sophomore||SIU Edwardsville|
In United States colleges, top-tier basketball is governed by collegiate athletic bodies including National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Each of these various organizations is subdivided into one to three divisions, based on the number and level of scholarships that may be provided to the athletes.Teams with more experience tend to win over teams with more talent and less experience.
The following are the basketball events of the year 2002 throughout the world.
The following are the basketball events of the year 2006 throughout the world.
The following are the basketball events of the year 1998 throughout the world.
The following are the basketball events of the year 1997 throughout the world.
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The Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team represents Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school's team currently competes in the Big East Conference, and are coached by Sean Miller. Xavier has appeared in the NCAA tournament 29 times, 16 times in the 18 tournaments between 2001 and 2018. On March 11, 2018, Xavier earned its first ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Xavier is also a two-time winner of the NIT, with their most recent championship coming in 2022.
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Daulton Hommes is an American professional basketball player for Saski Baskonia of the Spanish Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. After graduating high school, he played college basketball for Point Loma Nazarene University, where he was named the NABC Division II National Player of the Year for the 2018–19 season.
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