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 ] The winners receive the Naismith Trophy. [2 ]
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. Winners [edit ] Men [edit ]
Men Year Player College Position Class 1969 Alcindor, Lew * Lew Alcindor UCLA Center Senior 1970 Maravich, Pete * Pete Maravich LSU Guard Senior 1971 Carr, Austin Austin Carr Notre Dame Guard Senior 1972 Walton, Bill * Bill Walton UCLA Center Sophomore 1973 Walton, Bill * (2) Bill Walton UCLA Center Junior 1974 Walton, Bill * (3) Bill Walton UCLA Center Senior 1975 Thompson, David * David Thompson N.C. State Guard Junior 1976 May, Scott Scott May Indiana Forward Senior 1977 Johnson, Marques Marques Johnson UCLA Forward Senior 1978 Lee, Butch Butch Lee Marquette Guard Senior 1979 Bird, Larry * Larry Bird Indiana State Forward Senior 1980 Aguirre, Mark Mark Aguirre DePaul Forward Sophomore 1981 Sampson, Ralph * Ralph Sampson Virginia Center Sophomore 1982 Sampson, Ralph * (2) Ralph Sampson Virginia Center Junior 1983 Sampson, Ralph * (3) Ralph Sampson Virginia Center Senior 1984 Jordan, Michael * Michael Jordan North Carolina Guard Junior 1985 Ewing, Patrick * Patrick Ewing Georgetown Center Senior 1986 Dawkins, Johnny Johnny Dawkins Duke Guard Senior 1987 Robinson, David * David Robinson Navy Center Senior 1988 Manning, Danny Danny Manning Kansas Forward Senior 1989 Ferry, Danny Danny Ferry Duke Forward Senior 1990 Simmons, Lionel Lionel Simmons La Salle Forward Senior 1991 Johnson, Larry Larry Johnson UNLV Forward Senior 1992 Laettner, Christian Christian Laettner Duke Forward Senior 1993 Cheaney, Calbert Calbert Cheaney Indiana Guard Senior 1994 Robinson, Glenn Glenn Robinson Purdue Forward Junior 1995 Smith, Joe Joe Smith Maryland Forward Sophomore 1996 Camby, Marcus Marcus Camby Massachusetts Center Junior 1997 Duncan, Tim Tim Duncan Wake Forest Center Senior 1998 Jamison, Antawn Antawn Jamison North Carolina Forward Junior 1999 Brand, Elton Elton Brand Duke Forward Sophomore 2000 Martin, Kenyon Kenyon Martin Cincinnati Forward Senior 2001 Battier, Shane Shane Battier Duke Forward Senior 2002 Williams, Jason Jason Williams Duke Guard Junior 2003 Ford, T. J. T. J. Ford Texas Guard Sophomore 2004 Nelson, Jameer Jameer Nelson Saint Joseph's Guard Senior 2005 Bogut, Andrew Andrew Bogut Utah Center Sophomore 2006 Redick, J. J. J. J. Redick Duke Guard Senior [3 ] 2007 Durant, Kevin Kevin Durant Texas Forward Freshman [4 ] 2008 Hansbrough, Tyler Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina Forward Junior [5 ] 2009 Griffin, Blake Blake Griffin Oklahoma Forward Sophomore [6 ] 2010 Turner, Evan Evan Turner Ohio State Guard Junior [7 ] 2011 Fredette, Jimmer Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young Guard Senior 2012 Davis, Anthony Anthony Davis Kentucky Center Freshman 2013 Burke, Trey Trey Burke Michigan Guard Sophomore 2014 McDermott, Doug Doug McDermott Creighton Forward Senior Women [edit ]
Women Year Player College Position Class 1983 Donovan, Anne * Anne Donovan Old Dominion Center Senior 1984 Miller, Cheryl * Cheryl Miller USC Forward/Center Sophomore 1985 Miller, Cheryl * (2) Cheryl Miller USC Forward/Center Junior 1986 Miller, Cheryl * (3) Cheryl Miller USC Forward/Center Senior 1987 Davis, Clarissa Clarissa Davis Texas 1988 Wicks, Sue Sue Wicks Rutgers 1989 Davis, Clarissa (2) Clarissa Davis Texas 1990 Azzi, Jennifer Jennifer Azzi Stanford 1991 Staley, Dawn * Dawn Staley Virginia Point guard Junior 1992 Staley, Dawn * (2) Dawn Staley Virginia Point guard Senior 1993 Swoopes, Sheryl Sheryl Swoopes Texas Tech Guard/Forward Senior 1994 Leslie, Lisa Lisa Leslie USC Center Senior 1995 Lobo, Rebecca Rebecca Lobo Connecticut Center Senior 1996 Roundtree, Saudia Saudia Roundtree Georgia 1997 Starbird, Kate Kate Starbird Stanford 1998 Holdsclaw, Chamique Chamique Holdsclaw Tennessee 1999 Holdsclaw, Chamique (2) Chamique Holdsclaw Tennessee 2000 Catchings, Tamika Tamika Catchings Tennessee 2001 Riley, Ruth Ruth Riley Notre Dame Center Senior 2002 Bird, Sue Sue Bird Connecticut Guard Senior 2003 Taurasi, Diana Diana Taurasi Connecticut Guard/Forward Junior 2004 Taurasi, Diana (2) Diana Taurasi Connecticut Guard/Forward Senior 2005 Augustus, Seimone Seimone Augustus LSU Guard/Forward Junior 2006 Augustus, Seimone (2) Seimone Augustus LSU Guard/Forward Senior 2007 Harding, Lindsey Lindsey Harding Duke Point guard Senior 2008 Parker, Candace Candace Parker Tennessee Forward/Center Junior 2009 Moore, Maya Maya Moore Connecticut Forward Sophomore 2010 Charles, Tina Tina Charles Connecticut Center Senior 2011 Moore, Maya (2) Maya Moore Connecticut Forward Senior 2012 Griner, Brittney Brittney Griner Baylor Center Junior 2013 Griner, Brittney (2) Brittney Griner Baylor Center Senior 2014 Stewart, Breanna Breanna Stewart Connecticut Forward Sophomore See also [edit ] References [edit ] General Specific ^ "Naismith Trophy Fact Sheet". Naismith Awards . Retrieved January 5, 2010. ^ "The Naismith Trophy History". Naismith Awards . Retrieved January 5, 2010. ^ "Scout.com: Redick Wins Naismith Award". Duke.scout.com. April 3, 2006 . Retrieved April 5, 2010. ^ "Kevin Durant Wins 2007 Naismith Award – Big 12 Conference – Official Athletic Site". Big12sports.com. April 2, 2007 . Retrieved April 5, 2010. ^ "Press Release – April 6, 2008". Atlantatipoffclub.com . Retrieved April 5, 2010. ^ "Blake Griffin Claims Naismith Trophy, NABC and Newell Awards – Big 12 Conference – Official Athletic Site". Big12sports.com. March 20, 2009 . Retrieved April 5, 2010. ^ Baptist, Bob. "OSU men's basketball: Turner wins Naismith Trophy | BuckeyeXtra". Dispatch.com . Retrieved April 5, 2010. External links [edit ]