Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Given forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Horizon League
CountryUnited States
First award1980
Most recentDrew McDonald, Northern Kentucky

The Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Horizon League's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1979–80 season—the first year of the conference's existence. Five players have won the award multiple times: Byron Larkin, Brian Grant, Rashad Phillips, Alfredrick Hughes and Keifer Sykes. Hughes, unlike the other four who each won twice, was awarded the Player of the Year on three occasions—a feat that has never been duplicated.

There have only been two ties in the award's history (1980–81 and 1982–83). Butler, which left for the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2012 and is now in the Big East Conference, has seven recipients, which is the most all-time. Loyola–Chicago has six winners, but left in 2013 to join the Missouri Valley Conference. Among current members, Detroit Mercy has the most, with five. Two current members of the Horizon League have never had a winner – IUPUI and Youngstown State. IUPUI played its first Horizon League season in 2017–18, while Youngstown State has been a member since 2002.


Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year (1904–05 to 1978–79)
UPI College Basketball Player of the Year (1954–55 to 1995–96)
Naismith College Player of the Year (1968–69 to present)
John R. Wooden Award (1976–77 to present)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Horizon League Player of the Year award at that point


Jeff Nordgaard won in 1996 as a player for the Green Bay Phoenix (then branded as "UW–Green Bay").
Gordon Hayward won in 2010 as a player for the Butler Bulldogs.
Ryan Broekhoff won in 2012 as a player for the Valparaiso Crusaders.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1979–80 Calvin Garrett Oral Roberts F Senior
1980–81 Darius Clemons Loyola–Chicago PG Junior
1980–81 Rubin Jackson Oklahoma City F Junior
1981–82 Wayne Sappleton Loyola–Chicago PF Senior
1982–83 Mark Acres Oral Roberts C Sophomore
1982–83 Alfredrick Hughes Loyola–Chicago SF Sophomore
1983–84 Alfredrick Hughes (2) Loyola–Chicago SF Junior
1984–85 Alfredrick Hughes (3) Loyola–Chicago SF Senior
1985–86 Byron Larkin Xavier SG Sophomore
1986–87 Andre Moore Loyola–Chicago PF Senior
1987–88 Byron Larkin (2) Xavier SG Senior
1988–89 Scott Haffner Evansville PG Senior
1989–90 Tyrone Hill Xavier PF Senior
1990–91 Darin Archbold Butler SG Junior
1991–92 Parrish Casebier Evansville PF Sophomore
1992–93 Brian Grant Xavier PF/C Junior
1993–94 Brian Grant (2) Xavier PF/C Senior
1994–95 Sherell Ford UIC F Senior
1995–96 Jeff Nordgaard Green Bay SF Senior
1996–97 Jon Neuhouser Butler PF Junior
1997–98 Mark Miller UIC G Senior
1998–99 Jermaine Jackson Detroit SG Senior
1999–00 Rashad Phillips Detroit PG Junior
2000–01 Rashad Phillips (2) Detroit PG Senior
2001–02 Rylan Hainje Butler SG Senior
2002–03 Willie Green Detroit SG Senior
2003–04 Dylan Page Milwaukee PF/C Senior
2004–05 Ed McCants Milwaukee SG Senior
2005–06 Brandon Polk Butler F Senior
2006–07 DaShaun Wood Wright State PG Senior
2007–08 Mike Green Butler SG Senior
2008–09 Matt Howard Butler PF Sophomore
2009–10 Gordon Hayward Butler SG Sophomore [1]
2010–11 Norris Cole Cleveland State PG Senior [2]
2011–12 Ryan Broekhoff Valparaiso SF Junior [3]
2012–13 Ray McCallum, Jr. Detroit PG Junior [4]
2013–14 Keifer Sykes Green Bay PG Junior [5]
2014–15 Keifer Sykes (2) Green Bay PG Senior [6]
2015–16 Kay Felder Oakland PG Junior [7]
2016–17 Alec Peters Valparaiso SF Senior [8]
2017–18 Kendrick Nunn Oakland SG Senior [9]
2018–19 Drew McDonald Northern Kentucky PF/C Senior [1]

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Butler (1980)[a] 7 1991, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
Loyola–Chicago (1980)[b] 6 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987
Detroit Mercy (1981)[c] 5 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2013
Xavier (1980)[d] 5 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994
Green Bay (1995) 3 1996, 2014, 2015
Evansville (1980)[e] 2 1989, 1992
Milwaukee (1995) 2 2004, 2005
Oakland (2013) 2 2016, 2018
Oral Roberts (1980)[f] 2 1980, 1983
UIC (1995) 2 1995, 1998
Valparaiso (2008)[g] 2 2012, 2017
Cleveland State (1995) 1 2011
Northern Kentucky (2015) 1 2019
Oklahoma City (1980)[h] 1 1981
Wright State (1995) 1 2007
IUPUI (2017) 0
Youngstown State (2002) 0


  1. ^ Butler University left after 2011–12 to join the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10), and joined the Big East Conference in 2013.
  2. ^ Loyola University Chicago left after 2012–13 to join the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC).
  3. ^ The Detroit Mercy athletic program was branded solely as "Detroit" until the 2017–18 season, even though the university's current name has been in effect since 1990.
  4. ^ Xavier University left after 1995–96 to join the A-10, and joined the Big East in 2013.
  5. ^ The University of Evansville left after 1993–94 to join the MVC.
  6. ^ Oral Roberts University left after 1986–87 to join the Mid-Continent Conference (now known as The Summit League). Apart from a two-season stint in the Southland Conference from 2012 to 2014, it has remained in The Summit League.
  7. ^ Valparaiso University left after 2016–17 to join the MVC.
  8. ^ Oklahoma City University left after 1984–85 to join the Sooner Athletic Conference in the NAIA.


  • "Horizon League Men's Basketball Historical Records". Horizon League. pp. 86–92. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  1. ^ "McDonald Named #HLMBB Player of the Year, Horizon League Announces All-League Teams" (Press release). Horizon League. March 5, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2019.