Metro Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Metro Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Given forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Metro Conference
CountryUnited States
First award1977
Final award1995
Most recentJarvis Lang, Charlotte

The Metro Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year was a basketball award given to the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Athletic (Metro) Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1976–77 season and was discontinued after the 1994–95 season. In 1995 the Metro Conference merged with the Great Midwest Conference to form Conference USA.

There were three ties in the award's history, in 1978, 1981 and 1988. One player, Darrell Griffith of Louisville, was also named the National Player of the Year (1980) by being presented the John R. Wooden Award.

Louisville represents the most all-time winners of the Metro Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year with eight; the second most belong to Southern Mississippi with three (all of which belong to Clarence Weatherspoon). Weatherspoon was the only three-time winner of the award, while two others earned it twice (Keith Lee and Clifford Rozier).


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 Metro Player of the Year award at that point


Darrell Griffith was the only Metro Conference Player of the Year (POY) to also win a National POY award – the Wooden Award in 1979–80.
George McCloud won the award in 1989 as a player for Florida State University.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1976–77 Gary Yoder Cincinnati Shooting guard Senior
1977–78 Harry Davis Florida State Small forward Senior
1977–78 Rick Wilson Louisville Shooting guard/Point guard Senior
1978–79 Pat Cummings Cincinnati Center Senior
1979–80 Darrell Griffith* Louisville Shooting guard Senior
1980–81 David Burns Saint Louis Point guard Senior
1980–81 Derek Smith Louisville Shooting guard Junior
1981–82 Keith Lee Memphis State[d] Power forward/Center Freshman
1982–83 Rodney McCray Louisville Small forward Senior
1983–84 John Williams Tulane Power forward/Center Junior
1984–85 Keith Lee (2) Memphis State Power forward/Center Senior
1985–86 Dell Curry Virginia Tech Small forward Senior
1986–87 Herbert Crook Louisville Small forward/Shooting guard Junior
1987–88 Bimbo Coles Virginia Tech Point guard Sophomore
1987–88 Pervis Ellison Louisville Center Junior
1988–89 George McCloud Florida State Shooting guard/Small forward Senior
1989–90 Clarence Weatherspoon Southern Mississippi Power forward Sophomore
1990–91 Clarence Weatherspoon (2) Southern Mississippi Power forward Junior
1991–92 Clarence Weatherspoon (3) Southern Mississippi Power forward Senior
1992–93 Clifford Rozier Louisville Center Junior
1993–94 Clifford Rozier (2) Louisville Center Senior
1994–95 Jarvis Lang Charlotte Power forward Senior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Louisville (1975)[a] 8 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994
Southern Mississippi (1982)[b] 3 1990, 1991, 1992
Cincinnati (1975)[a] 2 1977, 1979
Florida State (1976)[c] 2 1978, 1989
Memphis State (1975)[b] 2 1982, 1985
Virginia Tech (1979) 2 1986, 1988
Saint Louis (1975)[a] 1 1981
Tulane (1975)[b] 1 1984
Charlotte (1991)[a][e] 1 1995

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