Southern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Southern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Given forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Southern Conference
CountryUnited States
History
First award1952
Most recentFletcher Magee, Wofford

The Southern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Southern Conference's (SoCon) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1951–52 season. Fred Hetzel of Davidson is the only player to have won the award three times (1963–1965). Fifteen other players have won the award twice, most recently done by Fletcher Magee of Wofford (2018, 2019).

Davidson has the most all-time winners with 13, but it left the SoCon after the 2013–14 season to join the Atlantic 10 Conference. Among current members, Furman leads with 12 winners. There have also been nine ties in the award's history, but only one (1970–71 season) which occurred prior to the 1989–90 season; that season was the first for two separate Player of the Year awards—one by the Southern Conference men's basketball coaches, and the other by conference media members. When both the coaches and media select the same player, he is the consensus conference player of the year.

The only current members that have never had a winner are Samford and Mercer. Both are among the SoCon's newer members, having respectively joined in 2008 and 2014.

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)
C SoCon coaches' selection (1990–present)
M SoCon media's selection (1990–present)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the SoCon Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Jeff Cohen won in 1961 while at William & Mary.
Jerry West won back-to-back awards in 1959 and 1960 while playing for West Virginia.
Kyle Hines is the only player from UNC Greensboro to win.
Stephen Curry won the award in 2008 and 2009 while at Davidson.
In 2011, Andrew Goudelock won while at the College of Charleston.
Season Player School Position Class
1951–52 Dick Groat Duke G Senior
1952–53 Frank Selvy Furman SG Junior
1953–54 Frank Selvy (2) Furman SG Senior
1954–55 Darrell Floyd Furman G Junior
1955–56 Darrell Floyd (2) Furman G Senior
1956–57 Rod Hundley West Virginia SF / SG Senior
1957–58 Dom Flora Washington and Lee PG Senior
1958–59 Jerry West West Virginia G Junior
1959–60 Jerry West (2) West Virginia G Senior
1960–61 Jeff Cohen William & Mary C Senior
1961–62 Rod Thorn West Virginia PG / SG Junior
1962–63 Fred Hetzel Davidson C / PF Sophomore
1963–64 Fred Hetzel (2) Davidson C / PF Junior
1964–65 Fred Hetzel (3) Davidson C / PF Senior
1965–66 Dick Snyder Davidson SG Senior
1966–67 Johnny Moates Richmond G Senior
1967–68 Ron Williams West Virginia G Senior
1968–69 Mike Maloy Davidson C Junior
1969–70 Mike Maloy (2) Davidson C Senior
1970–71 Jim Gregory East Carolina F Senior
1970–71 Tom Jasper William & Mary F Senior
1971–72 Russ Hunt Furman C Junior
1972–73 Aron Stewart Richmond SF / SG Junior
1973–74 Clyde Mayes Furman PF Junior
1974–75 Clyde Mayes (2) Furman PF Senior
1975–76 Rodney McKeever The Citadel PG Junior
1976–77 Ron Carter VMI SG / PG Junior
1977–78 Ron Carter (2) VMI SG / PG Senior
1978–79 Jonathan Moore Furman F Junior
1979–80 Jonathan Moore (2) Furman F Senior
1980–81 Charles Payton Appalachian State F Junior
1981–82 Willie White Chattanooga SG Sophomore
1982–83 Troy Lee Mikell East Tennessee State SG Senior
1983–84 Regan Truesdale The Citadel PF / C Junior
1984–85 Regan Truesdale (2) The Citadel PF / C Senior
1985–86 Gay Elmore VMI SF Junior
1986–87 Gay Elmore (2) VMI SF Senior
1987–88 Skip Henderson Marshall PG Senior
1988–89 John Taft Marshall PG Sophomore
1989–90 Keith JenningsC East Tennessee State PG Junior
1989–90 John TaftM (2) Marshall PG Junior
1990–91 Keith Jennings (2) East Tennessee State PG Senior
1991–92 Terry BoydM Western Carolina G Senior
1991–92 Keith NelsonC Chattanooga C Senior
1992–93 Tim Brooks Chattanooga PG Senior
1993–94 Chad CopelandC Chattanooga PG Senior
1993–94 Frankie KingM Western Carolina SG / PG Junior
1994–95 Frankie King (2) Western Carolina SG / PG Senior
1995–96 Anquell McCollum Western Carolina SG Senior
1996–97 Johnny Taylor Chattanooga SF Senior
1997–98 Bobby PhillipsC Western Carolina SF Senior
1997–98 Chuck VincentM Furman PF / C Senior
1998–99 Sedric Webber College of Charleston F Senior
1999–00 Tyson Patterson Appalachian State PG Senior
2000–01 Jody Lumpkin College of Charleston C Senior
2001–02 Dimeco ChildressC East Tennessee State SG Senior
2001–02 Jason ConleyM VMI SG / SF Freshman
2002–03 Troy Wheless College of Charleston SG Senior
2003–04 Zakee Wadood East Tennessee State SF Senior
2004–05 Brendan Winters Davidson SG Junior
2005–06 Elton Nesbitt Georgia Southern PG Senior
2006–07 Kyle Hines UNC Greensboro PF Junior
2007–08 Stephen Curry Davidson SG / PG Sophomore
2008–09 Stephen Curry (2) Davidson SG / PG Junior
2009–10 Noah DahlmanC Wofford F Junior
2009–10 Donald SimsM Appalachian State PG Junior
2010–11 Drew Goudelock College of Charleston SG / PG Senior
2011–12 De'Mon BrooksC Davidson SF Sophomore
2011–12 Jake CohenM Davidson PF Junior
2012–13 Jake Cohen (2) Davidson PF Senior
2013–14 De'Mon Brooks (2) Davidson SF Senior
2014–15 Karl Cochran Wofford SG Senior
2015–16 Stephen Croone Furman SG Senior
2016–17 Devin Sibley Furman SG Junior
2017–18 Desonta BradfordC East Tennessee State PG Senior
2017–18 Fletcher MageeM Wofford SG Junior
2018–19 Fletcher Magee (2) Wofford SG Senior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Davidson (1936)[a 1] 13 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012 (×2),[a 2] 2013, 2014
Furman (1936) 12 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1998, 2016, 2017
East Tennessee State (1978, 2014)[a 3] 6 1983, 1990, 1991, 2002, 2004, 2018
Chattanooga (1976) 5 1982, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997
VMI (1924, 2014)[a 4] 5 1977, 1978, 1986, 1987, 2002
West Virginia (1950)[a 5] 5 1957, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1968
Western Carolina (1976) 5 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998
College of Charleston (1998)[a 6] 4 1999, 2001, 2003, 2011
Wofford (1997) 4 2010, 2015, 2018, 2019
Appalachian State (1971)[a 7] 3 1981, 2000, 2010
The Citadel (1936) 3 1976, 1984, 1985
Marshall (1976)[a 8] 3 1988, 1989, 1990
Richmond (1936)[a 9] 2 1967, 1973
William & Mary (1936)[a 10] 2 1961, 1971
Duke (1928)[a 11] 1 1952
East Carolina (1964)[a 12] 1 1971
Georgia Southern (1991)[a 7] 1 2006
UNC Greensboro (1997) 1 2007
Washington and Lee (1921)[a 13] 1 1958
Elon (2003)[a 14] 0
Mercer (2014) 0
Samford (2008) 0

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Davidson College left in 2014 to join the Atlantic 10 Conference (A10).
  2. ^ In 2011–12, Davidson had both co-players of the year, so each of them are counted when it comes to total awardees.
  3. ^ East Tennessee State University left in 2005 to join the Atlantic Sun Conference and returned in 2014.
  4. ^ Virginia Military Institute left in 2003 to join the Big South Conference and returned in 2014.
  5. ^ West Virginia University left in 1968 to become an independent. The Mountaineers are now in the Big 12 Conference.
  6. ^ The College of Charleston left in 2013 to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
  7. ^ a b Appalachian State University and Georgia Southern University left in 2014 to join the Sun Belt Conference.
  8. ^ Marshall University left in 1997 to join the Mid-American Conference. The Thundering Herd are now in Conference USA (C-USA).
  9. ^ The University of Richmond left in 1976 to become an independent. The Spiders are now in the A10.
  10. ^ The College of William & Mary left in 1977 to join the ECAC. When the ECAC split its basketball section into multiple conferences in 1982, William & Mary became a charter member of the ECAC South basketball league; the Tribe remain in the conference, which is now the CAA.
  11. ^ Duke University left in 1953 to become a charter member of the ACC.
  12. ^ East Carolina University left in 1976 to become an independent. The Pirates are now in the American Athletic Conference.
  13. ^ Washington and Lee University left in 1958. They are now in the Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
  14. ^ Elon University left in 2014 to join the CAA.

References[edit]

  • "Southern Conference Men's Basketball Yearly Honors and Awards" (pdf). Southern Conference. p. 1. Retrieved 31 March 2010..