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Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Awarded forThe most outstanding male basketball player in the Sun Belt Conference
CountryUnited States
Presented bySun Belt Conference
History
First award1977
Most recentDeVante' Jones, Coastal Carolina

The Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, officially titled the Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, is a basketball award given to the most outstanding men's basketball player in the Sun Belt Conference. The award was first given following the conference's first basketball season of 1976–77. Four players have been selected twice (Terry Catledge, Chris Gatling, Chico Fletcher, and R. J. Hunter), while no player has earned a three-time player of the year selection.

Western Kentucky, which left the Sun Belt for Conference USA in 2014, has the most all-time winners with seven. Among schools remaining in the Sun Belt beyond 2014, South Alabama, the only charter member that has continuously been in the conference, has the most winners with six.

Key

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 Sun Belt Player of the Year award at that point

Winners

Ervin Johnson won in 1993 as a senior for New Orleans.
Ervin Johnson won in 1993 as a senior for New Orleans.
Derek Fisher, the 1996 Sun Belt Player of the Year, has won five NBA Finals with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Derek Fisher, the 1996 Sun Belt Player of the Year, has won five NBA Finals with the Los Angeles Lakers.
R. J. Hunter won the award in 2014 and 2015
R. J. Hunter won the award in 2014 and 2015
Season Player School Position Class Reference
1976–77 Cedric Maxwell UNC Charlotte[a] PF/C Senior
1977–78 Wayne Cooper New Orleans C Senior
1978–79 Rory White South Alabama PF Sophomore
1979–80 James Ray Jacksonville PF Senior
1980–81 Ed Rains South Alabama SF Senior
1981–82 Oliver Robinson UAB SG Senior
1982–83 Charlie Bradley South Florida SF Sophomore
Calvin Duncan Virginia Commonwealth[b] SG Sophomore
1983–84 Terry Catledge South Alabama PF Junior
1984–85 Terry Catledge (2) South Alabama PF Senior
1985–86 Kenny Gattison Old Dominion C Senior
1986–87 Tellis Frank Western Kentucky PF Senior
1987–88 Byron Dinkins UNC Charlotte[a] PG Junior
1988–89 Jeff Hodge South Alabama SG Senior
1989–90 Chris Gatling Old Dominion PF Junior
1990–91 Chris Gatling (2) Old Dominion PF Senior
1991–92 Ron Ellis Louisiana Tech PF Senior
1992–93 Ervin Johnson New Orleans C Senior
1993–94 Michael Allen Louisiana–Lafayette[c] G Senior
Jeff Clifton Arkansas State F Senior
1994–95 Chris Robinson Western Kentucky SG Junior
1995–96 Derek Fisher Arkansas-Little Rock[d] SG Senior
1996–97 Muntrelle Dobbins Arkansas-Little Rock[d] PF Senior
1997–98 Chico Fletcher Arkansas State PG Sophomore
1998–99 Chico Fletcher (2) Arkansas State PG Junior
1999–00 Gerrod Henderson Louisiana Tech SG Sophomore
2000–01 Chris Marcus Western Kentucky C Junior
2001–02 Héctor Romero New Orleans SF Junior
2002–03 James Moore New Mexico State F Junior
2003–04 Mike Wells Western Kentucky SG/PG Senior
2004–05 Yemi Nicholson Denver C Junior
2005–06 Anthony Winchester Western Kentucky SG Senior
2006–07 Bo McCalebb New Orleans PG Junior
2007–08 Courtney Lee Western Kentucky SG Senior
2008–09 Orlando Mendez-Valdez Western Kentucky PG Senior
2009–10 Tyren Johnson Louisiana–Lafayette[c] PF Senior
2010–11 Solomon Bozeman Arkansas-Little Rock[d] SG Senior
2011–12 LaRon Dendy Middle Tennessee PF Senior
2012–13 Augustine Rubit South Alabama PF / C Junior
2013–14 R. J. Hunter Georgia State SG Sophomore [1]
2014–15 R. J. Hunter (2) Georgia State SG Junior [2]
2015–16 Shawn Long Louisiana–Lafayette[c] PF Senior [3]
2016–17 Kevin Hervey Texas–Arlington[e] PF Junior [4]
2017–18 D'Marcus Simonds Georgia State SG Sophomore [5]
2018–19 Tookie Brown Georgia Southern PG Senior [6]
2019–20 Nijal Pearson Texas State SG Senior [7]
2020–21 DeVante' Jones Coastal Carolina SG Junior [1]
Notes
  1. ^ a b Now branded athletically as Charlotte.
  2. ^ Now branded athletically as VCU.
  3. ^ a b c Now branded athletically as Louisiana.
  4. ^ a b c Now branded athletically as Little Rock.
  5. ^ Now branded athletically as UT Arlington.

Winners by school

School (year joined) Winners Years
Western Kentucky (1982)[a] 7 1987, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009
South Alabama (1976) 6 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2013
New Orleans (1976)[b] 4 1978, 1993, 2002, 2007
Arkansas State (1991) 3 1994, 1998, 1999
Georgia State (1976/2013)[c] 3 2014, 2015, 2018
Little Rock (1991) 3 1996, 1997, 2011
Louisiana (1991) 3 1994, 2010, 2016
Old Dominion (1982)[d] 3 1986, 1990, 1991
Charlotte (1976)[e] 2 1977, 1988
Louisiana Tech (1991)[f] 2 1992, 2000
Coastal Carolina (2016) 1 2021
Denver (1999)[g] 1 2005
Georgia Southern (2014) 1 2019
Jacksonville (1976)[h] 1 1980
Middle Tennessee (2001)[i] 1 2012
New Mexico State (2001)[j] 1 2003
South Florida (1976)[k] 1 1983
Texas State (2013) 1 2020
UAB (1979)[l] 1 1982
UT Arlington (2013) 1 2017
Virginia Commonwealth (1979)[m] 1 1983
Appalachian State (2014) 0
Florida Atlantic (2006)[i] 0
FIU (1998)[i] 0
Louisiana–Monroe (2001) 0
North Texas (2001)[i] 0
Troy (2005) 0
  1. ^ Western Kentucky left for Conference USA (C-USA) in 2014.
  2. ^ New Orleans left in 1980 but later rejoined in 1991. They left a second time in 2010, planning to transition to NCAA Division II. The Privateers instead chose to remain in Division I, and joined the Southland Conference in 2013.
  3. ^ Georgia State, a charter member of the conference, left in 1981 to become independent. After later having been members of two other conferences, the Panthers rejoined the Sun Belt in 2013.
  4. ^ Old Dominion left in 1991 to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), and joined C-USA in 2013.
  5. ^ Charlotte left in 1991 for the Metro Conference. It became a charter member of C-USA when the Metro merged with the Great Midwest Conference, and still later moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10), by which time it had adopted "Charlotte" as its athletic identity. The 49ers rejoined C-USA in 2013.
  6. ^ Louisiana Tech left in 2001 to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), and joined C-USA in 2013.
  7. ^ Denver left in 2012 for the WAC, and moved again in 2013 to the Summit League.
  8. ^ Jacksonville left in 1998 for the Trans America Athletic Conference, now known as the ASUN Conference.
  9. ^ a b c d FIU, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee, and North Texas all joined C-USA in 2013.
  10. ^ New Mexico State left in 2005 to join the WAC.
  11. ^ South Florida left in 1991 for the Metro Conference. The Bulls are now in the American Athletic Conference.
  12. ^ UAB left in 1991 for the Great Midwest. The Blazers became charter members of C-USA, and have remained there to this day.
  13. ^ VCU left in 1991 to join the CAA, and moved from there to the A-10 in 2012.

References

  1. ^ "Sun Belt Announces 2020-21 Men's Basketball Honors" (Press release). Sun Belt Conference. March 11, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
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