Naismith College Player of the Year
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 the inventor of Dr. James Naismith. First awarded 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 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 placed in the final ballot; the final winners are selected in April by both the board of selectors and fan voting via text messaging. The winners receive the Naismith Trophy. Since its beginning in 1969, the trophy has been awarded to 23 female players. Lew Alcindor of the University of California, Los Angeles 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 are the only three-times winners, while seven others 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 the University of Connecticut, Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University, Brittney Griner of Baylor University. Davis and Moore are the only ones of either sex to have won multiple times in non-consecutive years. Two award winners were born in United States territories: Alfred "Butch" Lee, born in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Tim Duncan, born in the U. S. Virgin Islands; the only three award winners who have been born outside the jurisdiction of the United States were: Andrew Bogut, born in Melbourne, Australia.
Patrick Ewing, born in Kingston, Jamaica. Buddy Hield, born in Freeport, Bahamas. Three of these players were developed at least in the U. S. proper—Lee was raised in Harlem from early childhood, Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 12, Hield attended high school in suburban Wichita, Kansas. Duncan did not move to the U. S. proper until he arrived at Wake Forest University, Bogut lived in Australia until his arrival at the University of Utah. Duke has had the most male winners with eight, while Connecticut has had the most female winners, with ten awards won by six individuals; the award has been won by a freshman three times: Kevin Durant playing for Texas in 2007, in 2012 by Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Zion Williamson of Duke in 2019 List of U. S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award Official website
UPI College Basketball Player of the Year
The UPI College Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the best men's basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. The award was first given following the 1954–55 season and was discontinued following the 1995–96 season, it was given by United Press International, a news agency in the United States that rivaled the Associated Press but began to decline with the advent of television news. Five players—Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson—won the award multiple times. Of these five, only Robertson and Sampson were three-time UPI Players of the Year. UCLA had the most all-time winners with six. Ohio State was second with four winners, while Cincinnati and Virginia were tied for third with three winners apiece. Five other schools had two winners and sixteen schools had only one UPI Player of the Year. Eight of the winners were sophomores, seven were juniors, the remaining 27 were seniors. No freshman was presented the award. A Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971 after converting to Islam.
General"United Press International Player of the Year". AmericasBestOnline.com. Retrieved 12 April 2010. "Men's College Basketball: Player of the Year Awards → United Press International". HickokSports.com. 2006. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2010. Specific
Chris Clemons (basketball)
Christopher Adam Clemons is an American college basketball player for Campbell University. Growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, Clemons idolized Allen Iverson and sought to incorporate Iverson's crossover dribble into his playing style. Despite standing 5'9, Clemons could dunk in high school at Millbrook. Campbell coach Kevin McGeehan recruited him due to 44-inch vertical leap. In a state tournament game as a senior, Clemons broke the school single-game record with 41 points. Clemons averaged 18.5 points per game as a freshman at Campbell and was named the Big South Freshman of the Year. Shooting 18-of-32 from the field, Clemons scored 51 points in an 81-79 win over UNC Asheville in the Big South Tournament as a sophomore, breaking the tournament scoring record, he became the fourth player to score 50 points that season. Clemons was named to the First Team All-Big South in his sophomore season; as a sophomore, Clemons averaged 25.1 points per game, second highest in Division I behind Marcus Keene, took 42.2 percent of his team's shots, the highest percentage in college basketball.
With 904 points, Clemons set the school record for points in a season. Clemons had a season-high 42 points against Liberty on January 23, 2018 and alongside Marcus Burk became the first teammates in NCAA history to each hit 10 threes in a game, he passed the 2,000 point mark in his career on February 7, scoring 33 points in a win against Gardner–Webb. On March 14, Clemons passed Jonathan Rodriguez as Campbell's all-time leading scorer, adding 32 points in a win against Miami. Clemons repeated on the First Team All-Big South as a junior and received seven first place votes for conference player of the year; as a junior, Clemons averaged 24.9 points per game, fourth highest in the nation. He helped the Camels play in the College Basketball Invitational. After the season, Clemons declared for the 2018 NBA draft but did not hire an agent, thus preserving his collegiate eligibility, he decided to return to Campbell. Coming into his senior season, Clemons was named Preseason Big South Player of the Year.
On December 21, 2018, Clemons became the all-time leading scorer in Big South history. He passed. Clemons sits at 3rd on the all time scoring leaderboard in NCAA Division I History, he is 1 of 2 collegiate players to pass the 3,000 point career this year. List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career scoring leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career free throw scoring leaders Campbell Fighting Camels bio
Stanley Okoye is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for Tecnyconta Zaragoza of the Liga ACB. A 6'6" swingman, he was named the 2012–13 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year while playing for Virginia Military Institute. Okoye, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, attended Knightdale High School from 2005–06 through 2008–09. During his four-year varsity career he scored over 1,300 points and grabbed over 550 rebounds, both of which are school records. Okoye scored a single game record 42 points during a Class 4A playoff game. Knightdale won 73 games during his tenure. Despite this production on the court, only two NCAA Division I schools offered him basketball scholarships – Campbell University and VMI. Campbell rescinded their offer, leaving Okoye with VMI as his only Division I opportunity, which he accepted. Okoye enrolled in fall 2009 at VMI to play for the Keydets, he had initial struggles coping with college life at a military school where upperclassmen put mental and physical pressures on freshmen.
At one point he contemplated dropping out before having played in a single college basketball game, but Okoye stuck with it because of support from his teammates. He said, "I stuck it out because of the other guys. I figured if they could take it, I could too."In 2009–10, Okoye led all Big South Conference freshmen in scoring and field goal percentage in overall games. In conference games, he led all freshmen in field goal percentage and blocks. For the season he averaged 14.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game and was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore in 2010–11, Okoye improved his averages in points, rebounds and steals per game, his blocks per game dipped from his freshman season, however. Okoye finished his second year with 933 career points. Okoye followed a sophomore year with a junior season that saw him claim a Second Team All-Conference selection. In Big South games he averaged 19.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, which were second and fourth within the league.
He led the Keydets to the Big South Tournament championship game, but they lost to UNC Asheville 80 to 64. Okoye had a breakout senior season in 2012–13 in which he averaged 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He was named the preseason conference player of the year, an honor he would garner at the conclusion of the season as well, his scoring and rebounding averages led the Big South and was named its Player of the Week five times throughout the season. VMI lost to Charleston Southern in the conference tournament, thus ending VMI's hopes of a postseason tournament bid. Okoye finished his collegiate career with 2,146 points, 962 rebounds, 212 assists, 152 steals and 103 blocks. On August 13, 2013, Okoye signed with Ikaros for the 2013–14 Greek Basket League season, he left Ikaros before playing in a game for them, on October 27, 2013, he signed with Barak Netanya of Israel for the rest of the season. In November 2013, he left Netanya after appearing in just four games. On February 6, 2014, Okoye signed with the Perth Redbacks for the 2014 State Basketball League season.
He made his debut for the Redbacks in the team's season opener on March 14, recording 30 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a 96–93 win over the Rockingham Flames. On May 15, he was named the SBL Player of the Week for Round 9, he appeared in all 30 games for the Redbacks in 2014, averaging 28.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. On August 16, 2014, Okoye signed with Pallacanestro Varese for the 2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A season. In 23 games for Varese, he averaged 3.9 rebounds per game. On August 17, 2015, Okoye signed with Bawer Matera of the Serie A2 Basket. In February 2016, he signed with Pallacanestro Trapani for the rest of the season. On May 27, 2017, Okoye signed with his former club Pallacanestro Varese. In July 2018, Okoye played for the Denver Nuggets during the 2018 NBA Summer League. On July 28, Okoye signed a one-year deal with Tecnyconta Zaragoza of the Liga ACB. Okoye has been a member of the senior men's Nigeria national basketball team, representing them at the 2013 and 2015 AfroBasket.
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Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year
The Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the most outstanding intercollegiate men's basketball player in the United States. The award was first given following the 1904–05 season and ceased being awarded after the 1978–79 season, it was the first major most valuable player award for men's basketball in the United States, the Helms Athletic Foundation was considered within the basketball community to be the authority on men's college basketball for that era. Thus, the award was viewed as the premier player of the year award one could receive up until the 1960s, at which point the Naismith College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award took over as the national season MVP awards. "Helms Foundation Player of the Year Winners". Sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2010. Bjarkman, Peter. Hoopla: A Century of College Basketball. Masters Press. ISBN 1-57028-039-8
The small forward known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are shorter and leaner than power forwards and centers, but taller and larger than either of the guard positions; the small forward is considered to be the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6' 6" to 6' 10" while in the WNBA, small forwards are between 5' 11" to 6' 2". Small forwards are responsible for scoring points, defending and as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center, although a few have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball are prolific scorers; the styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely. Some players at the position are accurate shooters, others prefer to initiate physical contact with opposing players, still others are slashers who possess jump shots. In some cases, small forwards position as off-the-ball specialists.
Small forwards who are defensive specialists are versatile as they can guard multiple positions using their size and strength
Sun Belt Conference
The Sun Belt Conference is a collegiate athletic conference, affiliated with the NCAA's Division I since 1976. A non-football conference, the Sun Belt began sponsoring football in 2001, its football teams participate in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The 12 member institutions of the Sun Belt are distributed across the southern United States; the Sun Belt Conference was founded on August 4, 1976 with the University of New Orleans, the University of South Alabama, Georgia State University, Jacksonville University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of South Florida. Over the next ten years the conference would add Western Kentucky University, Old Dominion University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Virginia Commonwealth University. New Orleans was forced out of the league in 1980 due to its small on-campus gymnasium that the Conference did not deem suitable for Conference competition. UNO competed as an independent before joining the newly formed American South Conference in 1987.
After the 1990–91 basketball season, all members of the Sun Belt, except Western Kentucky, South Alabama, Jacksonville, departed for other conferences. The Sun Belt, including incoming member in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock merged with the American South Conference, made up of Arkansas State University, Louisiana Tech University, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, the University of Texas–Pan American, New Orleans, Lamar University, the University of Central Florida. Although the American South was the larger conference, the merged league retained the Sun Belt name. Central Florida left the league following the 1991–92 academic year. Lamar, Texas–Pan American, Jacksonville departed at the end of the 1997–98 academic year. Florida International University joined the Sun Belt in 1998, the University of Denver was added in 1999. Louisiana Tech departed after the 2000–01 academic year; the conference did not sponsor football until 2001, when the league added former Big West Conference members New Mexico State University and the University of North Texas and former Ohio Valley Conference member Middle Tennessee State University as full members and added FBS Independent University of Louisiana at Monroe and Big West member University of Idaho as "football-only" members.
These new members gave the Sun Belt seven football playing members in their first season, as Arkansas State and Louisiana–Lafayette were full members which sponsored football. Another Big West school, Utah State University, was added as a "football-only" member in 2003 departed in 2005 with Idaho and New Mexico State for the Western Athletic Conference. In 2004, Troy University became a "football-only" member until the Trojans joined the conference in all sports in the 2005-06 academic year. In 2005, Florida Atlantic became a "football-only" member until the Owls joined the conference in all sports in the 2006-07 academic year. In 2006, Louisiana–Monroe joined the conference as an all-sports full member when the Warhawks left their former home, the Southland Conference. Longtime Sun Belt member Western Kentucky joined the Sun Belt's football conference in 2009 after its Board of Regents voted to upgrade the school's football program to Division I FBS. On November 11, 2009, New Orleans announced it was investigating a move from Division I to the NCAA's Division III.
In order to maintain athletic scholarships, UNO instead opted for entry into Division II. On April 20, 2011, UNO received transition approval from the NCAA Division II Membership Committee. On April 9, 2012, Georgia State, one of the founding members of the Sun Belt Conference, announced that it would be returning to the conference as a full member in 2013; as part of the move, the football program began a transition from FCS to FBS in the 2012 season. On May 2, 2012, Texas State University announced it would leave the WAC after just one year and join the Sun Belt in July 2013 to begin play for the 2013–14 academic year. At the press conference to announce Texas State's addition, Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson hinted that more changes could be on the way for the conference. On May 25, 2012, the conference announced that the University of Texas at Arlington had accepted an invitation to join the conference and would become a full member by 2013. UT Arlington does not field a football team. On May 4, 2012, FIU and North Texas announced that they would be leaving the Sun Belt for Conference USA on July 1, 2013 as part of a Conference USA expansion effort involving four other schools.
On November 29, 2012, Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State announced that they would leave the Sun Belt for Conference USA. The move for Florida Atlantic and MTSU was scheduled to take place in 2014, the two schools announced on January 28, 2013 that they would leave for Conference USA a year early, departing on July 1, 2013 with FIU and North Texas. Western Kentucky accepted an invitation to join Conference USA on April 1, 2013, departed from the Sun Belt on July 1, 2014; these moves depleted the Sun Belt and made the need to expand their membership more urgent than as the Sun Belt was left with ten full members and only eight members that sponsor football (the minimum number required for a conference to sponsor footba