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Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Awarded for the most outstanding male basketball player in the Big East Conference
Country United States
First awarded 1980
Currently held by Wesley Johnson, Syracuse

The Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year award is given to the men's basketball player in the Big East Conference voted as the top performer by the conference coaches. The 16 head coaches of the league's teams submit their votes following the end of the regular season and before the conference's tournament in early March. The coaches cannot vote for their own players.[1]

The award was introduced following the conference's first season in 1980, in which it was presented to John Duren of Georgetown. Patrick Ewing, Richard Hamilton, and Troy Murphy each won the award twice, and Chris Mullin won three consecutive times from 1983 through 1985.[2][3] Ewing, who shared the award in 1984 and 1985 with Mullin, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 after playing 17 years in the National Basketball Association between 1985 and 2002.[4] There have been six ties; the most recent instance was that between DeJuan Blair of Pittsburgh and Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut in 2009.[5]

Three players have been awarded a national Player of the Year award in the same year that they received a Big East Player of the Year award. In 1985, Ewing and Mullin shared the conference award, while Ewing was named Naismith College Player of the Year and Mullin was given the John R. Wooden Award. The following year, Walter Berry received the Wooden Award and the Big East Player of the Year award.[6][7] Connecticut and Georgetown have had the most winners, with seven each. As of 2009, half of the conference's 16 current teams have had a winner. Providence is the only original 1979 member to not have a winner, while Rutgers and West Virginia are the only others—aside from the schools added in the 2005 expansion—without a winner.[2] As of 2010, the award has been given 37 times in 31 seasons. Thirty-one players from ten schools have received the award: sixteen seniors, thirteen juniors, eight sophomores, and no freshmen.

Contents

Key

Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year or the John R. Wooden Award
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been awarded the Player of the Year award at that point

Winners

Patrick Ewing (#33 jersey) won a share of the award in 1984 and 1985.
Alonzo Mourning was the third Georgetown center to win the award.
Chris Mullin is the only player to win the award three times, winning in 1983, 1984, and 1985.
Ray Allen was the second Connecticut player to win the award.
Luke Harangody won the award in 2008.
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1979–80 John Duren Georgetown Guard Senior [8][9]
1980–81 John Bagley Boston College Point guard Sophomore [10]
1981–82 Dan Callandrillo Seton Hall Shooting guard Senior [11]
1982–83 Chris Mullin St. John's Small forward Sophomore [3][12]
1983–84† Patrick Ewing Georgetown Center Junior [8][9]
1983–84† Chris Mullin (2) St. John's Small forward Junior [3][12]
1984–85† Patrick Ewing* (2) Georgetown Center Senior [8][9]
1984–85† Chris Mullin* (3) St. John's Small forward Senior [3][12]
1985–86 Walter Berry* St. John's Power forward Senior [13]
1986–87 Reggie Williams Georgetown Small forward Senior [8][9]
1987–88 Charles D. Smith Pittsburgh Power forward Senior [14][15]
1988–89 Charles E. Smith Georgetown Guard Senior [8][9]
1989–90 Derrick Coleman Syracuse Power forward Senior [12]
1990–91 Billy Owens Syracuse Small forward/Shooting guard Junior [16]
1991–92 Alonzo Mourning Georgetown Center Senior [8][9]
1992–93 Terry Dehere Seton Hall Shooting guard Senior [11]
1993–94 Donyell Marshall Connecticut Forward Junior [2]
1994–95 Kerry Kittles Villanova Shooting guard Senior [17]
1995–96 Ray Allen Connecticut Shooting guard Junior [2]
1996–97 Pat Garrity Notre Dame Power forward Junior [18]
1997–98 Richard Hamilton Connecticut Shooting guard/Small forward Sophomore [2]
1998–99† Richard Hamilton (2) Connecticut Shooting guard/Small forward Junior [2]
1998–99† Tim James Miami Small forward Senior [19]
1999–00 Troy Murphy Notre Dame Power forward Sophomore [18]
2000–01† Troy Murphy (2) Notre Dame Power forward Junior [18]
2000–01† Troy Bell Boston College Guard Sophomore [20]
2001–02† Caron Butler Connecticut Small forward Sophomore [2]
2001–02† Brandin Knight Pittsburgh Point guard Junior [14][21]
2002–03 Troy Bell (2) Boston College Guard Senior [20]
2003–04 Emeka Okafor Connecticut Center Junior [2]
2004–05 Hakim Warrick Syracuse Power forward Senior [22]
2005–06 Randy Foye Villanova Guard Senior [23]
2006–07 Jeff Green Georgetown Forward Junior [8][24]
2007–08 Luke Harangody Notre Dame Power forward Sophomore [18][25]
2008–09 DeJuan Blair Pittsburgh Center Sophomore [14]
2008–09† Hasheem Thabeet Connecticut Center Junior [2]
2009–10 Wesley Johnson Syracuse Forward Junior [26]

Winners by school

School (year joined)[27] Winners Years
Connecticut (1979) 7 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999†, 2002†, 2004, 2009†
Georgetown (1979) 7 1980, 1984†, 1985†, 1987, 1989, 1992, 2007
Notre Dame (1995) 4 1997, 2000, 2001†, 2008
St. John's (1979) 4 1983, 1984†, 1985†, 1986
Syracuse (1979) 4 1990, 1991, 2005, 2010
Boston College (1979)[a] 3 1981, 2001†, 2003
Pittsburgh (1982) 3 1988, 2002†, 2009†
Seton Hall (1979) 2 1982, 1993
Villanova (1980) 2 1995, 2006
Miami (1991)[b] 1 1999†
Cincinnati (2005) 0
DePaul (2005) 0
Louisville (2005) 0
Marquette (2005) 0
Providence (1979) 0
Rutgers (1995) 0
South Florida (2005) 0
Virginia Tech (2000)[c] 0
West Virginia (1995) 0

Footnotes

  • a Boston College was a founding member in 1979, and left the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2005.[28]
  • b Miami joined the conference in 1991 and left for the ACC in 2004.[28]
  • c Virginia Tech joined the conference in 2000 and left for the ACC in 2004.[28]

See also

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