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NABC Player of the Year
NABC Player of the Year
Given forthe most outstanding NCAA men's basketball players in all levels of competition
CountryUnited States
Presented byNABC
State Farm Insurance
First award1975
Most recentObi Toppin, Dayton
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. 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 winners with six. Their rival, North Carolina, as well as Kansas are tied for second with four winners. 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).

In Division II, Virginia Union has four winners, the most all-time, and is followed by Kentucky Wesleyan which has three. Only one tie has occurred (2006), while three players have won the award more than once (Stan Gouard, Earl Jones, John Smith).

In Division III, Potsdam State has the most all-time winners with three, while six other schools are tied for second with two winners apiece. 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, there is a distinction between NAIA Division I and NAIA Division II winners. Since the awards began in 2008, no school or individual player has received the award multiple times.

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

Division I Players of the Year

Patrick Ewing is the only winner from Georgetown.
Antawn Jamison won in 1997-98.
Adam Morrison shared the award as a junior in 2005-06.
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 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
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 Jason Williams Duke (3) North Carolina PG Sophomore
2001-02+ Drew Gooden Kansas (2) Kansas C Junior
2001-02+ Jason 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
2003-04+ Emeka Okafor Connecticut Connecticut C Junior
2004-05 Andrew Bogut Utah Utah C Sophomore
2005-06+ Adam Morrison Gonzaga Washington SF Junior
2005-06+ J. J. 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

Division II Player of the Year

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 Talley 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
2005-06+ 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

Division III Player of the Year

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 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
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 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
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
2006-07+ 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

NAIA Players of the Year

For the 2007-08 season, Ryan Fiegi, a senior point guard at Oregon Tech, was named the player of the year. In 2008-09, the NAIA began awarding players of the year for Divisions I and II.

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 California G Senior
2011-12 Emmanuel Wilson Oklahoma Baptist (2) Oklahoma G Senior
2012-13+ Vic Moses Georgetown Kentucky F Senior
2012-13+ Dominique Rambo SAGU Texas G Junior
2013-14 Dominique Rambo (2) SAGU (2) Texas G Senior
2014-15 Kenny Manigault Pikeville Kentucky G/F 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

Junior College Player of the Year

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]


  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 2020.
  2. ^ Daniels, Evan (April 9, 2020). "JUCO standout and Louisville commit Jay Scrubb signs with agent". 247Sports. Retrieved 2020.

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