Naismith College Player of the Year

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Naismith College Player of the Year
Naismith Trophy.jpg
The Naismith Trophy that was presented to Tina Charles in 2010.
Awarded forthe most outstanding male and female basketball player
CountryUnited States
Presented byAtlanta Tipoff Club
First awarded1969
Currently held byMale: Doug McDermott, Creighton
Female: Breanna Stewart, Connecticut
Official websiteofficial site
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Naismith College Player of the Year
Naismith Trophy.jpg
The Naismith Trophy that was presented to Tina Charles in 2010.
Awarded forthe most outstanding male and female basketball player
CountryUnited States
Presented byAtlanta Tipoff Club
First awarded1969
Currently held byMale: Doug McDermott, Creighton
Female: Breanna Stewart, Connecticut
Official websiteofficial site

The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men's and women's collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of the inventor of basketball (in 1891), Dr. James Naismith.

History and selection[edit]

First awarded exclusively to male players in 1969, the award was expanded to include female players in 1983. Annually before the college season begins in November, a "watchlist" consisting of 50 players is chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club board of selectors, comprising head coaches, administrators and media members from across the United States. By February, the list of nominees is narrowed down to 30 players based on performance. In March, four out of the 30 players are selected as finalists and are placed in the final ballot. The final winners are selected in April by both the board of selectors and fan voting via text messaging.[1][2] The winners receive the Naismith Trophy.

Since its beginning in 1969, the trophy has been awarded to 42 male and 23 female players. Lew Alcindor of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Anne Donovan of Old Dominion University were the first winners, respectively. Bill Walton of UCLA and Ralph Sampson of the University of Virginia have been the only men to win this award multiple times, with both winning three times. Eight women in all have won this award multiple times. Cheryl Miller of the University of Southern California won it three times. Seven others have won twice: Clarissa Davis of the University of Texas, Dawn Staley of the University of Virginia, Chamique Holdsclaw of the University of Tennessee, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore of the University of Connecticut, Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University, and Brittney Griner of Baylor University. Of the players with two or more wins, Davis and Moore are the only ones of either sex to have won in non-consecutive years.

Four winners of the award, all men, were born outside of the United States. Two of these were born in possessions of the United States, and were American citizens by birth:

The only two award winners who have been born outside the jurisdiction of the United States were:

Duke has had the most male winners with seven, while the Connecticut has had the most female winners, with eight awards won by six individuals. The award has been won by a freshman twice: Kevin Durant playing for Texas in 2007, and in 2012 by Anthony Davis of Kentucky.


*Denotes players inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X)Denotes the number of times the player has won the award


1969Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor*UCLACenterSenior
1970Maravich, PetePete Maravich*LSUGuardSenior
1971Carr, AustinAustin CarrNotre DameGuardSenior
1972Walton, BillBill Walton*UCLACenterSophomore
1973Walton, BillBill Walton* (2)UCLACenterJunior
1974Walton, BillBill Walton* (3)UCLACenterSenior
1975Thompson, DavidDavid Thompson*N.C. StateForwardSenior
1976May, ScottScott MayIndianaForwardSenior
1977Johnson, MarquesMarques JohnsonUCLAForwardSenior
1978Lee, ButchButch LeeMarquetteGuardSenior
1979Bird, LarryLarry Bird*Indiana StateForwardSenior
1980Aguirre, MarkMark AguirreDePaulForwardSophomore
1981Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson*VirginiaCenterSophomore
1982Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson* (2)VirginiaCenterJunior
1983Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson* (3)VirginiaCenterSenior
1984Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan*North CarolinaGuardJunior
1985Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing*GeorgetownCenterSenior
1986Dawkins, JohnnyJohnny DawkinsDukeGuardSenior
1987Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson*NavyCenterSenior
1988Manning, DannyDanny ManningKansasForwardSenior
1989Ferry, DannyDanny FerryDukeForwardSenior
1990Simmons, LionelLionel SimmonsLa SalleForwardSenior
1991Johnson, LarryLarry JohnsonUNLVForwardSenior
1992Laettner, ChristianChristian LaettnerDukeForwardSenior
1993Cheaney, CalbertCalbert CheaneyIndianaGuardSenior
1994Robinson, GlennGlenn RobinsonPurdueForwardJunior
1995Smith, JoeJoe SmithMarylandForwardSophomore
1996Camby, MarcusMarcus CambyMassachusettsCenterJunior
1997Duncan, TimTim DuncanWake ForestCenterSenior
1998Jamison, AntawnAntawn JamisonNorth CarolinaForwardJunior
1999Brand, EltonElton BrandDukeForwardSophomore
2000Martin, KenyonKenyon MartinCincinnatiForwardSenior
2001Battier, ShaneShane BattierDukeForwardSenior
2002Williams, JasonJason WilliamsDukeGuardJunior
2003Ford, T. J.T. J. FordTexasGuardSophomore
2004Nelson, JameerJameer NelsonSaint Joseph'sGuardSenior
2005Bogut, AndrewAndrew BogutUtahCenterSophomore
2006Redick, J. J.J. J. RedickDukeGuardSenior[3]
2007Durant, KevinKevin DurantTexasForwardFreshman[4]
2008Hansbrough, TylerTyler HansbroughNorth CarolinaForwardJunior[5]
2009Griffin, BlakeBlake GriffinOklahomaForwardSophomore[6]
2010Turner, EvanEvan TurnerOhio StateGuardJunior[7]
2011Fredette, JimmerJimmer FredetteBrigham YoungGuardSenior
2012Davis, AnthonyAnthony DavisKentuckyCenterFreshman
2013Burke, TreyTrey BurkeMichiganGuardSophomore
2014McDermott, DougDoug McDermottCreightonForwardSenior


1983Donovan, AnneAnne Donovan*Old DominionCenterSenior
1984Miller, CherylCheryl Miller*USCForward/CenterSophomore
1985Miller, CherylCheryl Miller* (2)USCForward/CenterJunior
1986Miller, CherylCheryl Miller* (3)USCForward/CenterSenior
1987Davis, ClarissaClarissa DavisTexas
1988Wicks, SueSue WicksRutgers
1989Davis, ClarissaClarissa Davis (2)Texas
1990Azzi, JenniferJennifer AzziStanford
1991Staley, DawnDawn Staley*VirginiaPoint guardJunior
1992Staley, DawnDawn Staley* (2)VirginiaPoint guardSenior
1993Swoopes, SherylSheryl SwoopesTexas TechGuard/ForwardSenior
1994Leslie, LisaLisa LeslieUSCCenterSenior
1995Lobo, RebeccaRebecca LoboConnecticutCenterSenior
1996Roundtree, SaudiaSaudia RoundtreeGeorgia
1997Starbird, KateKate StarbirdStanford
1998Holdsclaw, ChamiqueChamique HoldsclawTennessee
1999Holdsclaw, ChamiqueChamique Holdsclaw (2)Tennessee
2000Catchings, TamikaTamika CatchingsTennessee
2001Riley, RuthRuth RileyNotre DameCenterSenior
2002Bird, SueSue BirdConnecticutGuardSenior
2003Taurasi, DianaDiana TaurasiConnecticutGuard/ForwardJunior
2004Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi (2)ConnecticutGuard/ForwardSenior
2005Augustus, SeimoneSeimone AugustusLSUGuard/ForwardJunior
2006Augustus, SeimoneSeimone Augustus (2)LSUGuard/ForwardSenior
2007Harding, LindseyLindsey HardingDukePoint guardSenior
2008Parker, CandaceCandace ParkerTennesseeForward/CenterJunior
2009Moore, MayaMaya MooreConnecticutForwardSophomore
2010Charles, TinaTina CharlesConnecticutCenterSenior
2011Moore, MayaMaya Moore (2)ConnecticutForwardSenior
2012Griner, BrittneyBrittney GrinerBaylorCenterJunior
2013Griner, BrittneyBrittney Griner (2)BaylorCenterSenior
2014Stewart, BreannaBreanna StewartConnecticutForwardSophomore

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Naismith Trophy Fact Sheet". Naismith Awards. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Naismith Trophy History". Naismith Awards. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ " Redick Wins Naismith Award". April 3, 2006. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Kevin Durant Wins 2007 Naismith Award – Big 12 Conference – Official Athletic Site". April 2, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Press Release – April 6, 2008". Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Blake Griffin Claims Naismith Trophy, NABC and Newell Awards – Big 12 Conference – Official Athletic Site". March 20, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ Baptist, Bob. "OSU men's basketball: Turner wins Naismith Trophy | BuckeyeXtra". Retrieved April 5, 2010. 

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