Naismith College Player of the Year

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Naismith College Player of the Year
Awarded forthe most outstanding male and female basketball player
CountryUnited States
Presented byAtlanta Tipoff Club
First award1969
Most recentMen: Zach Edey, Purdue
Women: Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Websiteofficial site

The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men's and women's collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.

History and selection[edit]

First awarded exclusively to male players in 1969, the award was expanded to include female players in 1983. Annually before the college season begins in November, a "watchlist" consisting of 50 players is chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club board of selectors, comprising head coaches, administrators and media members from across the United States. By February, the list of nominees is narrowed down to 30 players based on performance. In March, four out of the 30 players are selected as finalists and are placed in the final ballot. The final winners are selected in April by both the board of selectors and fan voting via text messaging.[1][2] The winners receive the Naismith Trophy.

Since its beginning in 1969, the trophy has been awarded to 44 male players and 24 female players. Lew Alcindor of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Anne Donovan of Old Dominion University were the first winners, respectively. Bill Walton of UCLA and Ralph Sampson of the University of Virginia have been the only men to win this award multiple times, with both winning three times. Eight women in all have won this award multiple times. Cheryl Miller of the University of Southern California and Breanna Stewart of the University of Connecticut (UConn) are the only three-time winners, while seven others have won it twice: Clarissa Davis of the University of Texas, Dawn Staley of the University of Virginia, Chamique Holdsclaw of the University of Tennessee, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore of UConn, Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University, and Brittney Griner of Baylor University. Davis and Moore are the only players of either sex to have won multiple times in non-consecutive years.

Three award winners, two men and one woman, were born in United States territories:

The only award winners who have been born outside the jurisdiction of the United States were:

Six of these players were developed at least partially in the U.S. proper—Lee was raised in Harlem from early childhood; Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 12; Boston moved to Worcester, Massachusetts at the same age; Hield attended high school in suburban Wichita, Kansas; Tshiebwe attended high schools in southwestern Virginia and western Pennsylvania; and Edey spent his last two high school years in Florida. Duncan did not move to the U.S. proper until he arrived at Wake Forest University, and Bogut lived in Australia until his arrival at the University of Utah.

Duke has had the most male winners with eight, while UConn has had the most female winners, with eleven awards won by seven individuals. The award has been won by a freshman four times: Kevin Durant playing for Texas in 2007, in 2012 by Anthony Davis of Kentucky, Zion Williamson of Duke in 2019, and Paige Bueckers of UConn in 2021.


* Denotes players inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has won the award


Lew Alcindor
Bill Walton
David Robinson
Kevin Durant was the first freshman to win
Obi Toppin
Luka Garza
Year Player College Position Class
1969 Lew Alcindor* UCLA C Senior
1970 Pete Maravich* LSU G Senior
1971 Austin Carr Notre Dame G Senior
1972 Bill Walton* UCLA C Sophomore
1973 Bill Walton* (2) UCLA C Junior
1974 Bill Walton* (3) UCLA C Senior
1975 David Thompson* N.C. State G Senior
1976 Scott May Indiana F Senior
1977 Marques Johnson UCLA F Senior
1978 Butch Lee Marquette G Senior
1979 Larry Bird* Indiana State F Senior
1980 Mark Aguirre DePaul F Sophomore
1981 Ralph Sampson* Virginia C Sophomore
1982 Ralph Sampson* (2) Virginia C Junior
1983 Ralph Sampson* (3) Virginia C Senior
1984 Michael Jordan* North Carolina G Junior
1985 Patrick Ewing* Georgetown C Senior
1986 Johnny Dawkins Duke G Senior
1987 David Robinson* Navy C Senior
1988 Danny Manning Kansas F Senior
1989 Danny Ferry Duke F Senior
1990 Lionel Simmons La Salle F Senior
1991 Larry Johnson UNLV F Senior
1992 Christian Laettner* Duke F Senior
1993 Calbert Cheaney Indiana G Senior
1994 Glenn Robinson Purdue F Junior
1995 Joe Smith Maryland F Sophomore
1996 Marcus Camby Massachusetts C Junior
1997 Tim Duncan* Wake Forest C Senior
1998 Antawn Jamison North Carolina F Junior
1999 Elton Brand Duke F Sophomore
2000 Kenyon Martin Cincinnati F Senior
2001 Shane Battier Duke F Senior
2002 Jason Williams Duke G Junior
2003 T. J. Ford Texas G Sophomore
2004 Jameer Nelson Saint Joseph's G Senior
2005 Andrew Bogut Utah C Sophomore
2006 JJ Redick Duke G Senior[3]
2007 Kevin Durant Texas F Freshman[4]
2008 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina F Junior[5]
2009 Blake Griffin Oklahoma F Sophomore[6]
2010 Evan Turner Ohio State G Junior[7]
2011 Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young G Senior
2012 Anthony Davis Kentucky C Freshman
2013 Trey Burke Michigan G Sophomore
2014 Doug McDermott Creighton F Senior
2015 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin F Senior
2016 Buddy Hield Oklahoma G Senior
2017 Frank Mason III Kansas G Senior
2018 Jalen Brunson Villanova G Junior
2019 Zion Williamson Duke F Freshman
2020 Obi Toppin[8] Dayton F Sophomore
2021 Luka Garza[9] Iowa C Senior
2022 Oscar Tshiebwe[10] Kentucky C Junior
2023 Zach Edey Purdue C Junior


Anne Donovan
Cheryl Miller was the first player to win the award more than once.
Breanna Stewart won the award three times
Paige Bueckers was the first freshman to win the women's award
Year Player College Position Class
1983 Anne Donovan*[11] Old Dominion C Senior
1984 Cheryl Miller*[12] USC F/C Sophomore
1985 Cheryl Miller* (2)[12] USC F/C Junior
1986 Cheryl Miller* (3)[12] USC F/C Senior
1987 Clarissa Davis[13] Texas F Sophomore
1988 Sue Wicks[14] Rutgers F Senior
1989 Clarissa Davis (2)[15] Texas F Senior
1990 Jennifer Azzi[16] Stanford G Senior
1991 Dawn Staley*[17] Virginia PG Junior
1992 Dawn Staley* (2)[17] Virginia PG Senior
1993 Sheryl Swoopes*[18] Texas Tech G/F Senior
1994 Lisa Leslie*[19] USC C Senior
1995 Rebecca Lobo*[20][a] UConn[b] C Senior
1996 Saudia Roundtree[22] Georgia G Senior
1997 Kate Starbird[23] Stanford G Senior
1998 Chamique Holdsclaw[24] Tennessee F Junior
1999 Chamique Holdsclaw (2)[24] Tennessee F Senior
2000 Tamika Catchings*[25] Tennessee F Junior
2001 Ruth Riley[26] Notre Dame C Senior
2002 Sue Bird[27] UConn[b] G Senior
2003 Diana Taurasi[28] UConn[b] G Junior
2004 Diana Taurasi (2)[28] UConn[b] G Senior
2005 Seimone Augustus[29] LSU G/F Junior
2006 Seimone Augustus (2)[29] LSU G/F Senior
2007 Lindsey Harding[30] Duke PG Senior
2008 Candace Parker[31] Tennessee F Senior
2009 Maya Moore[28] UConn[b] F Sophomore
2010 Tina Charles[32] UConn[b] C Senior
2011 Maya Moore (2)[28] UConn[b] F Senior
2012 Brittney Griner[33] Baylor C Junior
2013 Brittney Griner (2)[34] Baylor C Senior
2014 Breanna Stewart[28] UConn F Sophomore
2015 Breanna Stewart (2)[28] UConn F Junior
2016 Breanna Stewart (3)[28] UConn F Senior
2017 Kelsey Plum Washington PG Senior
2018 A'ja Wilson[35] South Carolina F Senior
2019 Megan Gustafson[36] Iowa C Senior
2020 Sabrina Ionescu[8] Oregon G Senior
2021 Paige Bueckers[37] UConn PG Freshman
2022 Aliyah Boston South Carolina F Junior
2023 Caitlin Clark Iowa G Junior
  1. ^ Unlike all other Naismith winners enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Lobo is not enshrined as a player, but rather as a contributor.[21]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g The University of Connecticut used "Connecticut" as its official athletic brand until 2013–14.

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