Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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NEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Given forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Northeast Conference
CountryUnited States
First award1983
Most recentKeith Braxton, Saint Francis (PA)

The Northeast Conference (NEC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual college basketball award given to the Northeast Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1982–83 season, when the league was known as the ECAC Metro Conference.[a]

The most well-recognized NEC Player of the Year is Marist's Rik Smits, who won the award in 1987 and 1988. Smits went on to have a successful National Basketball Association (NBA) career for 12 seasons (1988–2000), all with the Indiana Pacers.[1] In 1998, Smits was named an Eastern Conference All-Star.[1]

LIU has the most winners with eight, all of whom represented Long Island University's Brooklyn campus before the school merged the athletic programs of its Brooklyn and Post campuses in July 2019. Robert Morris is in second with six. All charter members of the Northeast Conference that are still members have had at least one winner.


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 NEC Player of the Year award at that point


Rik Smits of Marist went on to have a successful NBA career with the Indiana Pacers.
Season Player School Position Class
1982–83 Steve Smith Marist SG Senior
1983–84 Chipper Harris Robert Morris SG Senior
1983–84 Robert Jackson St. Francis (NY) F Senior
1983–84 Carey Scurry Long Island PF Junior
1984–85 Carey Scurry (2) Long Island PF Senior
1985–86 Terrance Bailey Wagner SG Junior
1986–87 Rik Smits Marist C Junior
1987–88 Rik Smits (2) Marist C Senior
1988–89 Vaughn Luton Robert Morris G Senior
1989–90 Desi Wilson Fairleigh Dickinson F Junior
1990–91 Mike Iuzzolino Saint Francis (PA) PG Senior
1991–92 Myron Walker Robert Morris SG Sophomore
1992–93 Darrick Suber Rider PG Senior
1993–94 Izett Buchanan Marist SF Senior
1994–95 Joe Griffin Long Island PF Senior
1995–96 Chris McGuthrie Mount St. Mary's PG Senior
1996–97 Charles Jones Long Island PG / SG Junior
1997–98 Charles Jones (2) Long Island PG / SG Senior
1998–99 Ray Minlend St. Francis (NY) PG Senior
1999–00 Rick Mickens Central Connecticut SG Senior
2000–01 Rahsaan Johnson Monmouth PG Sophomore
2001–02 Corsley Edwards Central Connecticut F Senior
2002–03 Jermaine Hall Wagner SF Senior
2003–04 Ron Robinson Central Connecticut F Senior
2004–05 Blake Hamilton Monmouth PF Senior
2005–06 Chad Timberlake Fairleigh Dickinson SG Senior
2006–07 Javier Mojica Central Connecticut SG / PG Senior
2007–08 Tony Lee Robert Morris PG Senior
2008–09 Jeremy Chappell Robert Morris SG Senior
2009–10 Justin Rutty Quinnipiac PF Junior
2010–11 Ken Horton[2] Central Connecticut SF Junior
2011–12 Julian Boyd[3] Long Island PF Junior
2012–13 Jamal Olasewere[4] Long Island PF Senior
2013–14 Karvel Anderson[5] Robert Morris SG Senior
2014–15 Jalen Cannon St. Francis Brooklyn PF Senior
2015–16 Cane Broome[6] Sacred Heart SG Sophomore
2016–17 Jerome Frink[7] LIU Brooklyn SF Senior
2017–18 Junior Robinson[8] Mount St. Mary's PG Senior
2018–19 Keith Braxton[9] Saint Francis (PA) PG Junior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
LIU (1981)[b] 8 1984, 1985, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2012, 2013, 2017
Robert Morris (1981) 6 1984, 1989, 1992, 2008, 2009, 2014
Central Connecticut (1997) 5 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2011
Marist (1981)[c] 4 1983, 1987, 1988, 1994
St. Francis Brooklyn (1981) 3 1984, 1999, 2015
Fairleigh Dickinson (1981) 2 1990, 2006
Monmouth (1985)[d] 2 2001, 2005
Mount St. Mary's (1989) 2 1996, 2018
Saint Francis (1981) 2 1991, 2019
Wagner (1981) 2 1986, 2003
Quinnipiac (1998)[d] 1 2010
Rider (1992)[e] 1 1993
Sacred Heart (1999) 1 2016
Bryant (2008) 0
Merrimack (2019) 0
Loyola (MD) (1981)[f] 0
Siena (1981)[g] 0
UMBC (1998)[h] 0


  1. ^ The Northeast Conference was founded in 1981 as the ECAC Metro Conference, but member schools changed the name beginning with the 1989–90 school year.
  2. ^ From 1981 to 2019, Long Island University was represented in the Northeast Conference by its Brooklyn campus, known for athletic purposes as "Long Island" through the 2012–13 season and "LIU Brooklyn" from 2013–14 forward. After the 2018–19 season, LIU merged the athletic programs of its Brooklyn and Post campuses into a single program, now competing as the LIU Sharks, that inherited the NCAA Division I and Northeast Conference memberships of the Brooklyn campus.
  3. ^ Marist College was a charter member in 1981, but left in 1997 to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
  4. ^ a b Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University left in 2013 for the MAAC.
  5. ^ Rider University, which had spent five seasons in the NEC, left in 1997 to join the MAAC.
  6. ^ Loyola University Maryland (then Loyola College in Maryland), also a charter member, left in 1989 to join the MAAC, and is now in the Patriot League.
  7. ^ Siena College, also a charter member, left in 1984 to join the MAAC.
  8. ^ The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) left in 2003 to join the America East Conference.


  • "Records & History" (PDF). 2009–10 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Media Guide. Northeast Conference. Archived from the original (PDF, pg. 20) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2010.