Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Given forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Ohio Valley Conference
CountryUnited States
History
First award1963
Most recentJa Morant, Murray State

The Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the Ohio Valley Conference's (OVC) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1962–63 season.

Fourteen players in OVC history have claimed more than one player of the year award, the most recent of whom was Evan Bradds in 2015–16 and 2016–17. Among the repeat winners, only one—Clem Haskins of Western Kentucky—has been a three-time player of the year. Haskins achieved the feat from 1965 through 1967.

Murray State dominates the award's selection, as it has 20 winners (more than doubling what second-most Western Kentucky has with seven). Of current OVC members, only Jacksonville State and SIU Edwardsville have had no winners. Both schools are relatively new to the conference, respectively joining in 2003 and 2008. However, the conference's newest member, Belmont (which joined in 2012), had a player win at least a share of the award in four of its first five seasons in the league.

Four ties have occurred for player of the year: 1968, 1976, 1983 and 2013. No Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year has ever been selected as any national player of the year.

Key[edit]

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 OVC Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Marcus Brown, the winner in 1995 and 1996, later played in the EuroLeague.
Bud Eley took home player of the year in 1999 while at Southeast Missouri State.
Trenton Hassell won as a junior in 2001.
Season Player School Position Class
1962–63 Harold Sergent Morehead State Point guard Sophomore
1963–64 Jim Jennings Murray State Forward Senior
1964–65 Clem Haskins Western Kentucky Shooting guard Sophomore
1965–66 Clem Haskins (2) Western Kentucky Shooting guard Junior
1966–67 Clem Haskins (3) Western Kentucky Shooting guard Senior
1967–68 Wayne Chapman Western Kentucky Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
1967–68 Skeeter Swift East Tennessee State Guard Junior
1968–69 Claude Virden Murray State Small forward Sophomore
1969–70 Jim McDaniels Western Kentucky Center Junior
1970–71 Jim McDaniels (2) Western Kentucky Center Senior
1971–72 Les Taylor Murray State Small forward Junior
1972–73 Les Taylor (2) Murray State Small forward Senior
1973–74 Fly Williams Austin Peay Point guard Sophomore
1974–75 George Sorrell Middle Tennessee Power forward Senior
1975–76 Johnny Britt Western Kentucky Point guard Senior
1975–76 Tim Sisneros Middle Tennessee Center Senior
1976–77 Otis Howard Austin Peay Small forward Junior
1977–78 Otis Howard (2) Austin Peay Small forward Senior
1978–79 James Tillman Eastern Kentucky Forward Junior
1979–80 Gary Hooker Murray State Power forward Senior
1980–81 Jerry Beck Middle Tennessee Power forward Junior
1981–82 Jerry Beck (2) Middle Tennessee Power forward Senior
1982–83 Glen Green Murray State Small forward Senior
1982–83 Joe Jakubick Akron Shooting guard Junior
1983–84 Joe Jakubick (2) Akron Shooting guard Senior
1984–85 Stephen Kite Tennessee Tech Forward Junior
1985–86 Marcel Boyce Akron Small forward Senior
1986–87 Bob McCann Morehead State Power forward Senior
1987–88 Jeff Martin Murray State Shooting guard Junior
1988–89 Jeff Martin (2) Murray State Shooting guard Senior
1989–90 Popeye Jones Murray State Power forward Sophomore
1990–91 Popeye Jones (2) Murray State Power forward Junior
1991–92 Brett Roberts Morehead State Small forward Senior
1992–93 Carlos Rogers Tennessee State Center Junior
1993–94 Carlos Rogers (2) Tennessee State Center Senior
1994–95 Marcus Brown Murray State Shooting guard Junior
1995–96 Marcus Brown (2) Murray State Shooting guard Senior
1996–97 Bubba Wells Austin Peay Small forward Senior
1997–98 De'Teri Mayes Murray State Point guard / Shooting guard Senior
1998–99 Bud Eley Southeast Missouri State Center Senior
1999–00 Aubrey Reese Murray State Point guard Senior
2000–01 Trenton Hassell Austin Peay Small forward / Shooting guard Junior
2001–02 Henry Domercant Eastern Illinois Shooting guard Junior
2002–03 Ricky Minard Morehead State Point guard / Shooting guard Junior
2003–04 Cuthbert Victor Murray State Small forward Senior
2004–05 Willie Jenkins Tennessee Tech Center / Power forward Senior
2005–06 J. Robert Merritt Samford Power forward Senior
2006–07 Drake Reed Austin Peay Small forward Sophomore
2007–08 Lester Hudson Tennessee–Martin Point guard Junior
2008–09 Lester Hudson (2) Tennessee–Martin Point guard Senior
2009–10 Kenneth Faried Morehead State Power forward / Center Junior
2010–11 Kenneth Faried (2) Morehead State Power forward / Center Senior
2011–12 Isaiah Canaan[1] Murray State Point guard / Shooting guard Junior
2012–13 Isaiah Canaan (2)[2] Murray State Point guard / Shooting guard Senior
2012–13 Ian Clark[2] Belmont Shooting guard Senior
2013–14 J. J. Mann[3] Belmont Small forward Senior
2014–15 Cameron Payne Murray State Point guard Sophomore
2015–16 Evan Bradds[4] Belmont Power forward Junior
2016–17 Evan Bradds (2)[5] Belmont Power forward Senior
2017–18 Jonathan Stark Murray State Point guard Senior
2018–19 Ja Morant Murray State Point guard Sophomore

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Murray State (1948) 20 1964, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019
Western Kentucky (1948)[a] 7 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1976
Austin Peay (1962) 6 1974, 1977, 1978, 1997, 2001, 2007
Morehead State (1948) 6 1963, 1987, 1992, 2003, 2010, 2011
Belmont (2012) 4 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
Middle Tennessee (1952)[b] 4 1975, 1976, 1981, 1982
Akron (1980)[c] 3 1983, 1984, 1986
Tennessee State (1986) 2 1993, 1994
Tennessee Tech (1949) 2 1985, 2005
Tennessee–Martin (1992) 2 2008, 2009
East Tennessee State (1958)[d] 1 1968
Eastern Illinois (1996) 1 2002
Eastern Kentucky (1948) 1 1979
Samford (2003)[e] 1 2006
Southeast Missouri State (1991) 1 1999
Jacksonville State (2003) 0
SIU Edwardsville (2008) 0

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Murray State's Canaan, Prohm, Long and Tennessee–Martin's Taylor Earn Top 2012 OVC Men's Basketball Honors" (Press release). Ohio Valley Conference. February 28, 2012. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Murray State's Canaan, Belmont's Clark and Byrd Earn Top 2012-13 OVC Men's Basketball Honors" (Press release). Ohio Valley Conference. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Belmont's Rick Byrd, J.J. Mann lead All-OVC basketball honors" (Press release). Tennesseean.com. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "Belmont's Bradds, TSU's Ford and McCall, EKU's Mayo Earn Top 2015-16 OVC Men's Basketball Honors" (Press release). Ohio Valley Conference. March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Belmont's Bradds and Byrd, Tennessee State's McCall, Southeast Missouri's Mahoney Earn 2016-17 OVC Men's Basketball Top Honors" (Press release). Ohio Valley Conference. February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.