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Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Southland Conference
CountryUnited States
First awarded1964
Currently held byGilberto Clavell, Sam Houston State

The Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Southland Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1963–64 season. Four players have won the award two times: Jerry Rook, Larry Jeffries, Andrew Toney and Ryan Stuart. No player has ever won three times.

As of 2011, McNeese and UL-Monroe have the most all-time winners with seven apiece. Only one current member of the Southland Conference has never had a winner, Central Arkansas, which joined the conference in 2006.


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



Karl Malone won the award in 1983. He later became the NBA's second all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.


Demond Mallet (right) was McNeese State's seventh winner of the Southland Conference Player of the Year award.

Season Player School Position Class Reference
1963–64 Rook, JerryJerry Rook Arkansas State Forward Junior
1964–65 Rook, JerryJerry Rook (2) Arkansas State Forward Senior
1965–66 Dickson, JohnJohn Dickson Arkansas State Center Senior
1966–67 Jeffries, LarryLarry Jeffries Trinity Sophomore
1967–68 Godfrey, John RayJohn Ray Godfrey Abilene Christian
1968–69 Jeffries, LarryLarry Jeffries (2) Trinity Senior
1969–70 Haynes, KennyKenny Haynes Lamar Guard Senior
1970–71 Adams, LukeLuke Adams Lamar Senior
1970–71 Pruett, AllanAllan Pruett Arkansas State Senior
1971–72 Lamar, DwightDwight Lamar UL-Lafayette Shooting guard Junior
1972–73 Green, MikeMike Green Louisiana Tech Center Senior
1973–74 Brooks, SteveSteve Brooks Arkansas State Senior
1974–75 Ray, HenryHenry Ray McNeese Sophomore
1975–76 McConathy, MikeMike McConathy Louisiana Tech Shooting guard Junior
1976–77 Henderson, DanDan Henderson Arkansas State Senior
1977–78 Toney, AndrewAndrew Toney UL-Lafayette Guard Sophomore
1978–79 Lawrence, DavidDavid Lawrence McNeese Power forward Junior
1979–80 Toney, AndrewAndrew Toney (2) UL-Lafayette Guard Senior
1980–81 Olliver, MikeMike Olliver Lamar Point guard Senior
1981–82 Culton, AlbertAlbert Culton UT Arlington Small forward Senior
1982–83 Malone, KarlKarl Malone Louisiana Tech Power forward Sophomore
1983–84 Sewell, TomTom Sewell Lamar Shooting guard Junior
1984–85 Dumars, JoeJoe Dumars McNeese Point guard/Shooting guard Senior
1985–86 Jenkins, BobbyBobby Jenkins UL-Monroe Senior
1986–87 Batiste, JeromeJerome Batiste McNeese Forward
1987–88 Worrell, TonyTony Worrell North Texas Senior
1988–89 Hunter, DeonDeon Hunter North Texas Point guard Senior
1989–90 Pullard, AnthonyAnthony Pullard McNeese Center Senior
1990–91 Funchess, CarlosCarlos Funchess[a] UL-Monroe Point guard/Shooting guard Senior
1990–91 Jones, AnthonyAnthony Jones UL-Monroe Senior
1991–92 Stuart, RyanRyan Stuart UL-Monroe Small forward Junior
1992–93 Stuart, RyanRyan Stuart (2) UL-Monroe Small forward Senior
1993–94 Kubel, EricEric Kubel Northwestern State Center Senior
1994–95 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson Nicholls State Shooting guard Senior
1995–96 Marshall, PaulPaul Marshall UL-Monroe Shooting Guard Junior
1996–97 Ellis, RosellRosell Ellis McNeese Forward Senior
1997–98 Hall, RodericRoderic Hall UT San Antonio Guard Sophomore
1998–99 Mathis, DonteDonte Mathis Texas State Point guard Senior
1999–00 Smith, MikeMike Smith UL-Monroe Power forward Senior
2000–01 Mallet, DemondDemond Mallet McNeese Point guard Senior
2001–02 Powers, McEverettMcEverett Powers UT San Antonio Power forward Senior
2002–03 Cole, DonaldDonald Cole Sam Houston State Small forward Sophomore
2003–04 Hurd, LeRoyLeRoy Hurd UT San Antonio Small forward Senior
2004–05 Thompson, JoeJoe Thompson Sam Houston State Small forward/Shooting guard Sophomore
2005–06 Woods, RickyRicky Woods Southeastern Louisiana Forward Junior
2006–07 Daniels, ChrisChris Daniels Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Center Junior
2007–08 Alexander, JoshJosh Alexander Stephen F. Austin Small forward Junior
2008–09 Kingsley, MattMatt Kingsley Stephen F. Austin Center Senior
2009–10 Haynes, MarquezMarquez Haynes UT Arlington Guard Senior
2010–11 Clavell, GilbertoGilberto Clavell Sam Houston State Small forward Senior

Winners by school[]

School (year joined) Winners Years
McNeese (1972) 7 1975, 1979, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1997, 2001
UL-Monroe[b] 7 1986, 1991 (×2)[c], 1992, 1993, 1996, 2000
Arkansas State (1963)[d] 6 1964, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1974, 1977
Lamar (1963) 4 1970, 1971, 1981, 1984
Louisiana Tech[e] 3 1973, 1976, 1983
UL-Lafayette[f] 3 1972, 1978, 1980
Sam Houston State (1987) 3 2003, 2005, 2011
UT San Antonio (1991) 3 1998, 2002, 2004
North Texas[g] 2 1988, 1989
Stephen F. Austin (1987) 2 2008, 2009
Trinity (1963)[h] 2 1967, 1969
UT Arlington (1963) 2 1982, 2010
Abilene Christian (1963)[i] 1 1968
Nicholls State (1991) 1 1995
Northwestern State (1987) 1 1994
Southeastern Louisiana (1997) 1 2006
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2006) 1 2007
Texas State (1987) 1 1999
Central Arkansas (2006) 0


  • a Carlos Funchess was the NCAA Slam Dunk Competition winner following his senior season.
  • b The University of Louisiana at Monroe (UL-Monroe) left to join the Sun Belt Conference in 2001.
  • c UL-Monroe had both Co-Players of the Year in 1991.
  • d Arkansas State University left to join the Sun Belt Conference in 1987.
  • e Louisiana Tech University left in 1991 to join the Sun Belt Conference. In 2001, they then joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), of which they are still members today.
  • f The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL-Lafayette) left to join the Sun Belt Conference in 1991.
  • g The University of North Texas left to join the Sun Belt Conference in 2001.
  • h Trinity College (now Trinity University) was a founding member in 1963, but departed in 1971.
  • i Abilene Christian College was also a founding member, but departed in 1973.


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