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Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Horizon League
CountryUnited States
First awarded1980
Currently held byLoudon Love, Wright State

The Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Horizon League's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1979–80 season—the first year of the conference's existence. Five players have won the award multiple times: Byron Larkin, Brian Grant, Rashad Phillips, Alfredrick Hughes, and Keifer Sykes. Hughes, unlike the others who each won twice, was awarded the Player of the Year on three occasions—a feat that has never been duplicated.

As of 2010, there have only been two ties in the award's history (1980–81 and 1982–83). The two schools whose players have claimed the most awards, Butler (with seven) and Loyola–Chicago (with six), are no longer conference members, as they respectively left in 2012 and 2013. Among current members, Detroit Mercy has had the most awards with five. Four current members of the Horizon League have never had a winner – IUPUI, Purdue Fort Wayne, Robert Morris, and Youngstown State. However, these schools include the conference's three newest members—IUPUI joined in 2017, while Purdue Fort Wayne and Robert Morris will play their first Horizon League seasons in 2020–21. The only long-established member without a winner is Youngstown State, which joined in 2002.

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 has been awarded the Player of the Year award

Winners[]

File:Jeff Nordgaard.jpg

Jeff Nordgaard won in 1996 as a player for UW-Green Bay.

Season Player School Position Class Reference
1979–80 Garrett, CalvinCalvin Garrett Oral Roberts Forward Senior
1980–81 Clemons, DariusDarius Clemons Loyola (IL) Point guard Junior
1980–81 Jackson, RubinRubin Jackson Oklahoma City Junior
1981–82 Sappleton, WayneWayne Sappleton Loyola (IL) Small forward Senior
1982–83 Acres, MarkMark Acres Oral Roberts Center Sophomore
1982–83 Hughes, AlfredrickAlfredrick Hughes Loyola (IL) Small forward Sophomore
1983–84 Hughes, AlfredrickAlfredrick Hughes (2) Loyola (IL) Small forward Junior
1984–85 Hughes, AlfredrickAlfredrick Hughes (3) Loyola (IL) Small forward Senior
1985–86 Larkin, ByronByron Larkin Xavier Shooting guard Sophomore
1986–87 Moore, AndreAndre Moore Loyola (IL) Power forward Senior
1987–88 Larkin, ByronByron Larkin (2) Xavier Shooting guard Senior
1988–89 Haffner, ScottScott Haffner Evansville Point guard Senior
1989–90 Hill, TyroneTyrone Hill Xavier Power forward Senior
1990–91 Archbold, DarinDarin Archbold Butler Shooting guard Junior
1991–92 Casebier, ParrishParrish Casebier Evansville Power forward Junior
1992–93 Grant, BrianBrian Grant Xavier Power forward/Center Junior
1993–94 Grant, BrianBrian Grant (2) Xavier Power forward/Center Senior
1994–95 Ford, SherellSherell Ford UIC Forward Senior
1995–96 Nordgaard, JeffJeff Nordgaard Green Bay Small forward Senior
1996–97 Neuhouser, JonJon Neuhouser Butler Power forward Junior
1997–98 Miller, MarkMark Miller UIC Guard Senior
1998–99 Jackson, JermaineJermaine Jackson Detroit Shooting guard Senior
1999–00 Phillips, RashadRashad Phillips Detroit Point guard Junior
2000–01 Phillips, RashadRashad Phillips (2) Detroit Point guard Senior
2001–02 Hainje, RylanRylan Hainje Butler Shooting guard Senior
2002–03 Green, WillieWillie Green Detroit Shooting guard Senior
2003–04 Page, DylanDylan Page Milwaukee Power forward/Center Senior
2004–05 McCants, EdEd McCants Milwaukee Shooting guard Senior
2005–06 Polk, BrandonBrandon Polk Butler Forward Senior
2006–07 Wood, DaShaunDaShaun Wood Wright State Point guard Senior
2007–08 Green, MikeMike Green Butler Shooting guard Senior
2008–09 Howard, MattMatt Howard Butler Power forward Sophomore
2009–10 Hayward, GordonGordon Hayward Butler Shooting guard Sophomore [1]
2010–11 Cole, NorrisNorris Cole Cleveland State Point guard Senior [2]
2011–12 Broekhoff, RyanRyan Broekhoff Valparaiso Small forward Junior [3]
2012–13 McCallum Jr., RayRay McCallum Jr. Detroit Point guard Junior [4]
2013–14 Sykes, KeiferKeifer Sykes Green Bay Point guard Junior [5]
2014–15 Sykes, KeiferKeifer Sykes (2) Green Bay Point guard Senior [6]
2015–16 Felder, KayKay Felder Oakland Point guard Junior [7]
2016–17 Peters, AlecAlec Peters Valparaiso Small forward Senior [8]
2017–18 Nunn, KendrickKendrick Nunn Oakland Shooting guard Senior [9]
2018–19 McDonald, DrewDrew McDonald Northern Kentucky Power forward/center Senior [1]
2019–20 Love, LoudonLoudon Love Wright State Center Junior [2]

Winners by school[]

Years joined reflect the actual calendar years in which schools joined the conference. Years of awards reflect the calendar years in which each season ended.

Former members that never had a player receive the award are not listed.

School (year joined) Winners Years
Butler (1979)[a] 7 1991, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
Loyola–Chicago (1979)[b] 6 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987
Detroit Mercy (1980)[c] 5 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2013
Xavier (1979)[d] 5 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994
Green Bay (1994) 3 1996
Evansville (1979)[e] 2 1989, 1992
Milwaukee (1994) 2 2004, 2005
Oakland (2013) 2 2016, 2018
Oral Roberts (1979)[f] 2 1980, 1983
UIC (1994) 2 1995, 1998
Valparaiso (2007)[g] 2 2012, 2017
Wright State (1994) 2 2007, 2020
Cleveland State (1994) 1 2011
Northern Kentucky (2015) 1 2019
Oklahoma City (1979)[h] 1 1981
IUPUI (2017) 0
Purdue Fort Wayne (2020) 0
Robert Morris (2020) 0
Youngstown State (2002) 0

Footnotes[]

  • a Butler left in 2012 to join the Atlantic 10 Conference, and is now in the Big East Conference.
  • b Loyola left in 2013 to join the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • c The Detroit Mercy athletic program was branded solely as "Detroit" until the 2017–18 season, even though the university's current name has been in effect since 1990.
  • d Xavier left in 1996 to join the Atlantic 10 Conference, and is now in the Big East Conference.
  • e Evansville left in 1994 to join the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • f Oral Roberts left in 1987 to join the Mid-Continent Conference, now known as the Summit League. Apart from a two-season stint in the Southland Conference from 2012 to 2014, it has remained in the Summit League.
  • g Valparaiso left in 2017 to join the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • h Oklahoma City left in 1985 to join the Sooner Athletic Conference in the NAIA.

References[]

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