NABC Player of the Year

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NABC Player of the Year
Awarded forthe most outstanding NCAA men's basketball players in all levels of competition
CountryUnited States
Presented byNABC
State Farm Insurance
First award1975
Most recentNCAA Division I: Zach Edey, Purdue
NCAA Division II: RJ Sunahara, Nova Southeastern
NCAA Division III: Tyson Cruickshank, Wheaton
NAIA: Mason Walters, Jamestown
Two-year College: Curt Lewis, John A. Logan
WebsiteOfficial website

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 across the three largest college athletic associations in the United States. The award has been given since the 1974–75 season to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball players, and since the 1982–83 season to its Division II and Division III players. The award has been given since the 2007–08 season to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and to National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) players. The awards have previously been sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

At NCAA 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).

At NCAA 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).

At NCAA 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, 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.

At the NJCAA, 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


Division I[edit]

David Thompson of North Carolina State won the first award in 1975.
Danny Ainge of BYU won in 1981.
Emeka Okafor shared the award in 2004, also leading UConn to the national title.
Kevin Durant of Texas was the first freshman to win the award, in 2007.
In 2022, Oscar Tshiebwe because the first player from Kentucky to win the award.
Season Player School State Position Class
1974–75 David Thompson NC State North Carolina SG / SF Senior
1975–76 Scott May Indiana Indiana F 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
1981–82 Ralph Sampson Virginia Virginia C Junior
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
1986–87 David Robinson Navy Maryland C Senior
1987–88 Danny Manning Kansas Kansas PF Senior
1988–89 Sean Elliott Arizona Arizona SF Senior
1989–90 Lionel Simmons La Salle (2) Pennsylvania SF Senior
1990–91 Larry Johnson UNLV Nevada PF Senior
1991–92 Christian Laettner Duke North Carolina PF 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
1995–96 Marcus Camby Massachusetts Massachusetts C Junior
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
1999–00 Kenyon Martin Cincinnati Ohio PF Senior
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
Emeka Okafor Connecticut Connecticut C Junior
2004–05 Andrew Bogut Utah Utah C Sophomore
2005–06 Adam Morrison Gonzaga Washington SF Junior
JJ Redick Duke (5) North Carolina SG Senior
2006–07 Kevin Durant Texas Texas SF Freshman
2007–08 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina (4) North Carolina PF Junior
2008–09 Blake Griffin Oklahoma Oklahoma PF Sophomore
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
2012–13 Trey Burke Michigan Michigan PG Sophomore
2013–14 Doug McDermott Creighton Nebraska SF 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
2017–18 Jalen Brunson Villanova Pennsylvania PG Junior
2018–19 Zion Williamson Duke (6) North Carolina SF / PF Freshman
2019–20 Obi Toppin Dayton Ohio PF Sophomore
2020–21 Luka Garza Iowa Iowa C Senior
2021–22 Oscar Tshiebwe Kentucky Kentucky C Junior
2022–23 Zach Edey Purdue (2) Indiana C Junior

Division II[edit]

Charles Oakley won in 1985 and later became an NBA All-Star while playing for the New York Knicks.
Braydon Hobbs won the award in 2012 with Bellarmine.
Zach Hankins won the award in 2018 with Ferris State.
Season Player School State Position Class
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
1985–86 Todd Linder Tampa Florida SF Junior
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
2000–01 Colin Ducharme Longwood Virginia PF 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
2008–09 Josh Bostic Findlay Ohio SF Senior
2009–10 Jason Westrol Bentley Massachusetts PG Senior
2010–11 Darryl Webb Indiana (PA) Pennsylvania F Senior
2011–12 Braydon Hobbs Bellarmine Kentucky PG 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

Division III[edit]

Jimmy Bartolotta was the first recipient to play for MIT. He was the Division III Player of the Year in 2008–09.
Season Player School State Position Class
1982–83 Leroy Witherspoon Potsdam State New York PG Junior
1983–84 Leroy Witherspoon (2) Potsdam State (2) New York PG Senior
1984–85 Tim Casey Wittenberg Ohio G Senior
1985–86 Dick Hempy Otterbein Ohio G Junior
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
1989–90 Matt Hancock Colby Maine SG Senior
1990–91 Brad Baldridge Wittenberg (2) Ohio C Senior
1991–92 Andre Foreman Salisbury State Maryland PF Senior
1992–93 Steve Hondred Calvin Michigan C Senior
1993–94 Scott Fitch SUNY Geneseo New York G Senior
1994–95 D'Artis Jones Ohio Northern Ohio SG Senior
1995–96 David Benter Hanover Indiana F Senior
1996–97 Bryan Crabtree Illinois Wesleyan Illinois SF Senior
1997–98 Mike Nogelo Williams Massachusetts F 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
2002–03 Bryan Nelson Wooster 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
2006–07 Andrew Olson Amherst Massachusetts PG Junior
Ben Strong Guilford North Carolina C Junior
2007–08 Andrew Olson (2) Amherst (2) Massachusetts PG Senior
2008–09 Jimmy Bartolotta MIT Massachusetts SG Senior
2009–10 Tyler Sanborn Guilford (2) North Carolina C Senior
2010–11 Michael Taylor Whitworth Washington SG Senior
2011–12 Chris Davis Wisconsin–Whitewater Wisconsin PF Senior
2012–13 Aaron Toomey Amherst (3) Massachusetts PG Junior
2013–14 Aaron Walton-Moss Cabrini Pennsylvania PG Junior
2014–15 Aaron Walton-Moss (2) Cabrini (2) Pennsylvania PG Senior
2015–16 Joey Flannery Babson Massachusetts PG Junior
2016–17 Joey Flannery (2) Babson (2) Massachusetts PG Senior
2017–18 Tyheim Monroe Cabrini (3) Pennsylvania PF Senior
2018–19 Booker Coplin Augsburg Minnesota SG Junior
2019–20 Nate West LeTourneau Texas PG 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
2022–23 Tyson Cruickshank Wheaton Illinois PG Graduate


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.

Divisional era (2009–2020)[edit]

Division I
Season Player School State Position Class
2008–09 Geoff Payne Westminster Utah F Senior
2009–10 Nate Brumfield Oklahoma Baptist Oklahoma F Senior
2010–11 Justin Johnson Concordia Irvine California G Senior
2011–12 Emmanuel Wilson Oklahoma Baptist (2) Oklahoma G Senior
2012–13 Vic Moses Georgetown Kentucky F Senior
Dominique Rambo SAGU Texas G Junior
2013–14 Dominique Rambo (2) SAGU (2) Texas G Senior
2014–15 Kenny Manigault Pikeville Kentucky SG / SF Senior
2015–16 Deondre McWhorter Georgetown (2) Kentucky PF Senior
2016–17 Delarian Williams Life Georgia F Senior
2017–18 Ryan Imhoff Carroll Montana SG Senior
2018–19 Jeff Garrett LSU–Shreveport Louisiana PF Senior
2019–20 Chris Coffey Georgetown (3) Kentucky PF Senior
Division II
Season Player School State Position Class
2008–09 William Walker Bethel Indiana F Senior
2009–10 Steve Briggs Oklahoma Wesleyan Oklahoma G Senior
2010–11 Sadiel Rojas Oklahoma Wesleyan (2) Oklahoma F Senior
2011–12 Jonathan Dunn Northwood Florida G Senior
2012–13 Ra'Shad James Northwood (2) Florida G Senior
2013–14 Joe Mitchell Friends Kansas G Senior
2014–15 Dominez Burnett Davenport Michigan F Junior
2015–16 Dominez Burnett (2) Davenport (2) Michigan F Senior
2016–17 Warren Hall Warner Florida PG Senior
2017–18 Kyle Steigenga Cornerstone Michigan F Senior
2018–19 Cameron Hunt Southwestern Kansas PG Senior
2019–20 Kyle Mangas Indiana Wesleyan Indiana G Junior

Non-divisional era (2008; 2021–present)[edit]

Season Player School State Position Class
2007–08 Ryan Fiegi Oregon Tech Oregon G Senior
2020–21 Kyle Mangas (2) Indiana Wesleyan (2) Indiana G Senior
2021–22 Zach Wrightsil Loyola Louisiana SG / SF 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.

Season Player Junior college State Position Class University
2007–08 Jeremie Simmons Mott Michigan G Sophomore Ohio State
2008–09 Nafis Ricks Johnson County Kansas G Sophomore Missouri State
2009–10 Jae Crowder Howard Texas F Sophomore Marquette
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
2013–14 Kadeem Allen Hutchinson Kansas G Sophomore Arizona
2014–15 Brandon Brown Phoenix Arizona G Sophomore Loyola Marymount
2015–16 Kavell Bigby-Williams Gillette Wyoming F Sophomore Oregon
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
2022–23 Curt Lewis John A. Logan (2) Illinois G Sophomore Missouri

See also[edit]


  1. ^ On March 25, 2020, Scrubb declared for the 2020 NBA draft while maintaining his eligibility and did not immediately sign with an agent.[1] On April 9, he announced that he would sign with an agent and forgo his remaining college basketball eligibility.[2] Scrubb had previously committed to play for Louisville prior to changing his decision.


  1. ^ Daniels, Evan (March 25, 2020). "Louisville commit Jay Scrubb declares for the NBA Draft". 247Sports. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Daniels, Evan (April 9, 2020). "JUCO standout and Louisville commit Jay Scrubb signs with agent". 247Sports. Retrieved June 25, 2020.

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