Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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NEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Given for the most outstanding basketball player in the Northeast Conference
Country United States
History
First award 1983
Most recent Junior Robinson, Mount St. Mary's

The Northeast Conference (NEC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual college basketball award given to the Northeast Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1982–83 season, when the league was known as the ECAC Metro Conference.[a 1]

The most well-recognized NEC Player of the Year is Marist's Rik Smits, who won the award in 1987 and 1988. Smits went on to have a successful National Basketball Association (NBA) career for 12 seasons (1988–2000), all with the Indiana Pacers.[1] In 1998, Smits was named an Eastern Conference All-Star.[1]

LIU Brooklyn has the most all-time winners with eight while Robert Morris is in second with six. All charter members of the Northeast Conference that are still members have had at least one winner. Of current NEC members, only Bryant has never had a player of the year.

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 NEC Player of the Year award at that point

Winners

Rik Smits of Marist went on to have a successful NBA career with the Indiana Pacers.
Season Player School Position Class
1982–83 Steve Smith Marist Shooting guard Senior
1983–84 Chipper Harris Robert Morris Shooting guard Senior
1983–84 Robert Jackson St. Francis (NY) Senior
1983–84 Carey Scurry Long Island Power forward Junior
1984–85 Carey Scurry (2) Long Island Power forward Senior
1985–86 Terrance Bailey Wagner Shooting guard Junior
1986–87 Rik Smits Marist Center Junior
1987–88 Rik Smits (2) Marist Center Senior
1988–89 Vaughn Luton Robert Morris Guard Senior
1989–90 Desi Wilson Fairleigh Dickinson Forward Junior
1990–91 Mike Iuzzolino Saint Francis (PA) Point guard Senior
1991–92 Myron Walker Robert Morris Shooting guard Sophomore
1992–93 Darrick Suber Rider Point guard Senior
1993–94 Izett Buchanan Marist Small forward Senior
1994–95 Joe Griffin Long Island Power forward Senior
1995–96 Chris McGuthrie Mount St. Mary's Point guard Senior
1996–97 Charles Jones Long Island Point guard / Shooting guard Junior
1997–98 Charles Jones (2) Long Island Point guard / Shooting guard Senior
1998–99 Ray Minlend St. Francis (NY) Point guard Senior
1999–00 Rick Mickens Central Connecticut Shooting guard Senior
2000–01 Rahsaan Johnson Monmouth Point guard Sophomore
2001–02 Corsley Edwards Central Connecticut Forward Senior
2002–03 Jermaine Hall Wagner Small forward Senior
2003–04 Ron Robinson Central Connecticut Forward Senior
2004–05 Blake Hamilton Monmouth Power forward Senior
2005–06 Chad Timberlake Fairleigh Dickinson Shooting guard Senior
2006–07 Javier Mojica Central Connecticut Shooting guard / Point guard Senior
2007–08 Tony Lee Robert Morris Point guard Senior
2008–09 Jeremy Chappell Robert Morris Shooting guard Senior
2009–10 Justin Rutty Quinnipiac Power forward Junior
2010–11 Ken Horton[2] Central Connecticut Small forward Junior
2011–12 Julian Boyd[3] Long Island Power forward Junior
2012–13 Jamal Olasewere[4] Long Island Power forward Senior
2013–14 Karvel Anderson[5] Robert Morris Shooting guard Senior
2014–15 Jalen Cannon St. Francis Brooklyn Power forward Senior
2015–16 Cane Broome[6] Sacred Heart Shooting guard Sophomore
2016–17 Jerome Frink[7] LIU Brooklyn Small forward Senior
2017–18 Junior Robinson[8] Mount St. Mary's Point guard Senior

Winners by school

School (year joined) Winners Years
LIU Brooklyn (1981) 8 1984, 1985, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2012, 2013, 2017
Robert Morris (1981) 6 1984, 1989, 1992, 2008, 2009, 2014
Central Connecticut (1997) 5 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2011
Marist (1981)[a 2] 4 1983, 1987, 1988, 1994
St. Francis Brooklyn (1981) 3 1984, 1999, 2015
Fairleigh Dickinson (1981) 2 1990, 2006
Monmouth (1985)[a 3] 2 2001, 2005
Mount St. Mary's (1989) 2 1996, 2018
Wagner (1981) 2 1986, 2003
Quinnipiac (1998)[a 3] 1 2010
Rider (1992)[a 4] 1 1993
Sacred Heart (1999) 1 2016
Saint Francis (PA) (1981) 1 1991
Bryant (2008) 0
Loyola (MD) (1981)[a 5] 0
Siena (1981)[a 6] 0
UMBC (1998)[a 7] 0

Footnotes

  1. ^ The Northeast Conference was founded in 1981 as the ECAC Metro Conference, but member schools changed the name beginning with the 1989–90 school year.
  2. ^ Marist College was a charter member in 1981, but left in 1997 to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
  3. ^ a b Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University left in 2013 for the MAAC.
  4. ^ Rider University, which had spent five seasons in the NEC, left in 1997 to join the MAAC.
  5. ^ Loyola University Maryland (then Loyola College in Maryland), also a charter member, left in 1989 to join the MAAC, and is now in the Patriot League.
  6. ^ Siena College, also a charter member, left in 1984 to join the MAAC.
  7. ^ The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) left in 2003 to join the America East Conference.

References

General
  • "Records & History" (PDF). 2009–10 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Media Guide. Northeast Conference. Archived from the original (PDF, pg. 20) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Rik Smits Bio". National Basketball Association. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  2. ^ CCSU's Ken Horton Named Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, accessed March 1, 2011
  3. ^ LIU Brooklyn's Julian Boyd Named 2011-12 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Retrieved on February 28, 2012.
  4. ^ LIU Brooklyn's Jamal Olasewere Selected Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Retrieved on March 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Robert Morris Senior Guard Karvel Anderson Selected NEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Retrieved on March 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Sacred Heart's Cane Broome Named NEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year" (Press release). Northeast Conference. March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "LIU Brooklyn's Jerome Frink Named NEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year" (Press release). Northeast Conference. February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mount St. Mary's Junior Robinson Named NEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year" (Press release). Northeast Conference. February 27, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
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